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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

Archive for the ‘Life Links’ Category

Links for Life

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015


Spreading the message that “all Life is good,” one Link at a time.

Did You Mean to Have All These Kids?  “So I suggest we stop saying these things to the woman whose arms are full of children for the sake of the woman whose arms are not. Because the answer to “Don’t you know what causes that?” is not a what, but a Who. I don’t know why God gave me children effortlessly and withholds them from others who would make fantastic parents. But I know this: fertility is not a curse, it is a gift. It is a scandalous miracle.”

I Don’t Know How I Do It Either  “And I think that is one of the hardest things about raising a larger family.  It isn’t the cost.  It isn’t the chaos.  It isn’t the questions from everyone else.  It is the culture shock of the new language.”

A Special Life “Enjoy your special life.  You’re very lucky.”

Theodore Roosevelt: On American Motherhood “The woman’s task is not easy—no task worth doing is easy—but in doing it, and when she has done it, there shall come to her the highest and holiest joy known to mankind; and having done it, she shall have the reward prophesied in Scripture; for her husband and her children, yes, and all people who realize that her work lies at the foundation of all national happiness and greatness, shall rise up and call her blessed.”

What I Would Like To Say When People Make Me Feel Like a Freak for Having Children “Why is it strange to you that I have not done something to stop the natural process of reproduction? Why is the burden of proof on me, the one whose body is functioning as it was intended to do? Why is it strange for humans to have babies when the rest of Creation constantly demonstrates the natural and important cycle of life? Why would God make women to naturally bear children for a season of life but then expect us all to chide the ones who actually do? What kind of “wisdom” defies the healthy human body and circumvents its normal function?”

Links For Life

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


Spreading the message that “all Life is good,” one Link at a time.

On Miscarriage and Mordor – “It doesn’t mean that we cannot hope and pray for children to fill our lives.  But we need to remember that a child is not a thing to collect and covet; it is a person of it’s own infinite worth and dignity.  It is something we should desire for it’s own good and it’s own worth – not the good it might do to us or the worth we assign it.  It is not something we should let rule our thoughts or our lives, because no good will ever come from dwelling indefinitely on what could be and never stepping into the light of what is.”

Bach The Rabbit – “It is often said of parents of former times that they only had large families because they were seeking help to till the fields or because infant mortality was high and contraception unavailable. Supposedly they were selfish and only had children for utilitarian reasons or were uncontrollable rabbits. While today’s enlightened parents have fewer children but want them for the right reasons.”

We Said Yes Too – “Because we said yes, too. We said “yes” on our wedding day when asked if we would accept children lovingly as gifts from the Lord. We said “yes” with every marital embrace, hoping we would be pregnant this time. We said “Yes, I should have expected it by now”, when our twelfth test in a row broke our hearts with one line instead of two.”

And this Formula Commercial somehow. Really just because it made me laugh a little, then kind of roll my eyes a little, but it makes a good point right?

My Wealthy Grandparents

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


Thank you Kristi for passing along the link to this post, What We Lose With Just Two Children Per Family.

After reading it I had to share with you all a little about the family I come from. My mama’s Mama and Daddy (my Grandma Sissy and Grumpy or Babe as many called him) were blessed with 11 children. My little aunt Gloria died when she was just 2 years old, the other 10 grew and lived together surprisingly well and with much happiness all the way to grown up status.


Here is a photo taken this last Thanksgiving at my uncle’s house in Alabama. I have to let you know this is only a PORTION of my extended family.

Pictured here are 12 of my aunts and uncles, 18 of my first cousins and 26 of my first cousins’ children.

Not pictured are the other 40 descendants of my grandparents, Thomas and Muriel Mackin. They left behind a great heritage of 81 children plus their spouses, 94 souls in all….and counting!

When I look at pictures like this of my Grandparents children I’m at a loss for words. All these people came from the union of just those two Grandparents of mine. They didn’t have a lot of money, but they were truly rich.



Survival of the Unfittest

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


I often say that Phil and I have been in “survival mode” for the past 7 years. Our family has grown quite quickly. We barely have time to adjust to the ones we have before another is on the way. Our routines, schedules and life always changing. The only thing we’ve gotten used to is…change and adjust….and survive.