Once upon a time a youthful college girl and a budding college boy met at a coffee shop. One morning they were studying a few tables apart, and they began talking about their hopes and dreams for the future. The subject of families arose, and the blissful girl asked the handsome boy how many children he wanted some day.
“Oh, I’d like a big family,” the smiling lad replied, “like, three kids.”
The young lady stifled a smile and stated, “I’d like a big family too. Probably like six or eight children.”
The boys eyes grew large, and the girl giggled.
Two years later the Hunter family began with Matt and Monica pledging their lives and love to each other before God, family, and friends.
Two and a half years later little Abigail Marie arrived bringing even more joy into their home.
This hardworking husband and his grateful wife delighted in parenting. Each day brought surprises and fun! This thankful couple spend many hours praying with overwhelmed hearts at the blessings that God has provided. They speak often about filling their home with even more love and laughter.
By this time, both the handsome husband and his partner for life wanted to have at least a dozen children…..
Late one summer the diligent husband left on a business trip overseas. While he worked hard in another country, his lovely wife and little girl visited friends and family. One of the lady’s best friends teased her about being pregnant.
“When you go home, just take a test. I know I’m right, you are pregnant!” the best buddy assuredly told the baffled friend.
“Could it be true? I have a seventh month old… could there possibly be another baby on the way?” thought the dazed young lady.
When this curious woman arrived home that day, she did indeed take a pregnancy test. Within seconds, a positive reading appeared. This shocked, numb, and excited lady swirled around the room and grabbed her little girl. “You’re going to be a big sister! But, it’s our secret for now!”
For two weeks this nauseous mommy and her young daughter carried the secret together. When the tired husband arrived home from his long trip, his precious first born handed him his second arrow. Surprise and delight overwhelmed this exhausted man, and the little family decided to keep their new found news to themselves for a bit.
Several weeks and a doctor visit later, this happy little family wants to shout from the housetops about the priceless little life growing inside of the tired mommy. Some people may think that this little family is crazy; some may assume they are nuts. Will challenges arise? Will money be tight? Will the road contain some bumps?
But, this ‘little family that could’ will cling to the One who gives all good gifts, and come April 6, 2011, they will be even more grateful that they chose to accept another blessing from the Lord.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.