All of us with large families have heard it "You already have 9 (or 12, or 15), what's one more?"
For the last couple days I've only had five children at home. Next week we'll jump back up to 11 kids at home. That's a lot of difference. I just keep saying, "Wow, it's so quiet." And that's counting that my challenging special needs child is home.Quiet? with five children home? How is that possible?
The average household keeps pretty busy with five kids. That's not a small family. I remember when I had five children, back in 1994. I had lots to do. So it's all about perspective. What's one more? It depends on the child.
Eleven is a lot different than five. I'm amazed at the difference in how the house stays clean. I'm glad for the opportunity to "catch up" on laundry. I haven't had much need to taxi the kids to their activities. Wow, I think I'll redo my kitchen cabinets in the next few days. Or paint a room. Or clean the garage! Oh my! could I really paint my toenails?
For the next few hours I'll enjoy the five (oops, now it's six) kids at home. This afternoon, and over the next five days, the numbers will start to rise, as the kids start returning home from their different trips.
I'm looking forward to having the eleven children home. I just have way too much time on my hands!