Friday, May 9, 2008

Where's the love?

Oh my oh my oh my....I am going to rant here and you'll just have to bear with me. My ma just sent me a link about a family in Arkansas who are preggers with their 18th baby. The oldest is 20. You would not believe the hateful comments about this family. I must protest! I will start with the acknowledgement that 18 is a LOT of children, even to a mormon :-). But people were ranting about how selfish the mom and dad are, about how these children when they are grown, would be driving on our streets and using our services and the "footprint" they were leaving on the earth is irresponsible, just to name a few of the comments. Um, if they did a little research they might be singing a different tune. I got on the family's website and read up on a few facts about them.
-They are debt free.
-They feed themselves on $2000 a month.
-Their children all learn violin and piano.
-They built their home together.
-The children know how to work and
-The parents' main goal is to teach their children to love each other!, they are raising a bunch of responsible, hard working, frugal, well-rounded people who believe in a Creator and are moral and other people are upset about it! Talk about retarded!! Sheesh! Oh, and about the "footprint" thing. That just cracks me up. Obviously anyone who whines about how crowded the earth is with people has never gone on a road trip or looked out of the window of an airplane. There is empty land all over the place. Some of it doesn't look too habitable, but Phoenix and Mesa sure didn't look that way either when they were first colonized. The earth is not overcrowded, people choose (or are forced) to live in crowded cities. That's not the earths fault. It is full of abundance for all! Come on people WAKE UP!
I am so sick of the hate and the finger pointing. (I am aware I'm doing a little of it now...) People are different. Learn to deal. There are some things that are truly wrong, don't misunderstand, but for the most part, just because someone chooses a different path than you doesn't mean they are hicks or brain-washed or super-conservative/liberal or any other stupid label you want to put on them! Live and let live!
(deep breath)......okay, I feel a little better now. Seriously though, where is the love? "It makes me sad somehow, I don't know why", Sam Gamgee


Rebekah said...

Of course you know I agree. Are you talking about the Duggars? They are awesome! If not, I am sure they are awesome, too! There are fewer and fewer children in the world willing to bear children. Any woman who has 18 children is an elect lady. My great great grandmother had 19 children. Two sets of twins. My friend Whitney just had her 11th child. It seems like so few when you are with them.. 5 seems like nothing. If Lane would let me, I'd have 5 more!

Rebekah said...

I meant to say.. fewer and fewer WOMEN willing to bear children! LOL!

Mary said...

I just found your blog through Amanda's blog. I'm so happy to have a way to check in on what's going on with you guys. Everything you said was right on!