Doing things “by default” or because “everybody else is doing it” isn’t just lazy, it’s ultimately an empty way to live life. Of course, doing things because “everybody isn’t doing it” is just as pointless. What’s much more fulfilling (and fun!) is doing things because they’re the right thing to do and then enjoying the funny looks — ranging from puzzled to incredulous — that you get when you tell people what you did. Challenging the status quo isn’t my goal, but I sure do get a kick out of it after the fact.
So what’s brought this strange bit of philosophizing on? Katie’s expecting our third, something we weren’t really expecting, but we weren’t really not expecting it, either. The newest addition to the Talbott family is due in April, and Katie is doing much better this time around than with the last two (turns out nursing can really help in avoiding morning sickness). Three under three is definitely going to stretch us, but God doesn’t give us children without the grace to love and cherish each one of them.
Are we headed for a dozen? Who knows. While I’m sure that’d be a blast to announce at parties, my overriding concern is not with any pre-conceived number but rather with having a quiver full of noble children who can speak with their enemies in the gate. While it’s a different path, and not an easy one, I believe there are great things in store as we walk it together as a family.
There are so many things I want to write about the family in the days to come, but for now, I just have to ask — what’s your reaction to our news? Don’t worry, we can take it!