It’s been officially announced everywhere…except my blog! On June 29, 2012…I became a big sister for the 10th time (seriously! How cool is that?!) 😀 I’m the third oldest of 12 “children”.
How many other people do you know who can say that, eh?
I feel so blessed, so privileged. Holding little Lulu for the first time…I was overwhelmed – again – at the precious gift of life, of health. Sitting in awe of the intricate miracle of a baby, seeing her perfect fingers and toes…Have you ever had the chance to see a newborn baby’s hands? That tiny “pinky finger” with it’s finger nail? The wonder…of life. The innocence. The unknown. A life just begun.
And I have the honour of being part of her life. The honour of being her ‘big sis’. The honour of pouring part of myself into her life…knowing that who she will eventually grow up to be…is (just slightly!) part of what I (and the rest of my family) pour into her life now (and in the coming years).
Indeed, a gift has been given to us.
I hope these words have shed a little pin prick of light into what it is to “be a big family”. I’ve hard all the comments, the snickers and jokes, when people hear we’re a (compared to most) large family. But what people don’t see is the gift. The relationships (imagine growing up with a “live-in” best friend! I don’t have to imagine…I have it!!) The honour. The blessing. The privilege.
We’re a normal real family, far from perfect. (No, we’re not the Canadian version of the Duggar Family…nor are we trying to be!) There’s miscommunication at times. Sibling squabbles. Disagreements.
Arguments debates. I hope I haven’t painted a “picture perfect” family. We deal with the same problems other families deal with (however, probably on a bigger scale! 😛 ) Every family has problems and issues, when there are 1 or 2 children…or 12 or 19! 😉 By the way, the film, Cheaper by the Dozen (the Steve Martin version) is so exaggerated and unrealistic…I was almost embarrassed. Meal time is never that crazy! I just had to put that in here…I only saw the film once (years ago!) but I always wonder if that’s how people imagine us when I say I’m from a big family! Really, we’re pretty normal…there are just more of us!
Now that I’ve had my rant. 🙂 We’re all super excited about the new addition to our family! It’s been 4 1/2 since there’s been a baby around here! Adjustments and changes are happening… (but when the changes are for kid as cute as this…it’s pretty easy!)
Every life is precious! We’re so thankful to God for a safe delivery and that little Lulu is healthy!
Guess I got a little more ‘wordy’ than usual, sorry about that, but it happens when I’m passionate about a subject! 😉
Always, Aims…a very proud big sister! 😀
I’ll be featuring “official baby pictures” soon!
13 thoughts on “I’m a big sister…For the 10th time!”
Beautifully said, Amy!
Lulu is beautiful, I can’t wait to hold her in a few weeks
Awesome, Amy!! Never too wordy for me 🙂 … especially when you speak about the Lord’s truth regarding children being a very precious gift and blessing from the Lord!!! We’re delighted as we imagine you all delighting in Precious Lulu, thanking the Lord for her, and ALL you all have been blessed with. Thank You, Lord!
Amen! Come meet her soon! 😀
I’m so happy for you and your family! Coming from a large family myself, I know just how you feel!
Wow! That’s so cool! I am the baby of the family – two older sisters, one older brother! Love the pictures, as always! 🙂
Lulu is beautiful, such an elegant little person in her own right. She and I share something that not too many others in this world share. We are both the youngest of 12 children and our sibling closest in age is 4 and a half years older than we are. My name also starts with L. Very cool, welcome to this wonderful world little one….from your kindred spirit….Lorelei
Wow that’s absolutely fantastic! Thank you SO much for commenting! 😀 Haha, so what kind of advice would you give Lulu if you could?
Hold on to her little hat because she is in for a wonderful and wild ride through life. Being the baby of 12 is the best thing ever because she will recieve guidance from so many and benefit from their expereinces,good and bad, but I’d also suggest that she make her own way, be her own woman and someday all those big sister and brothers will be looking for her advice too. All my love to Lulu, Lorelei
Congratulations. Lulu is a very blessed, beautiful baby. I agree with you about Steve Martin’s Cheaper By The Dozen………it’s a stupid movie. Love your photos.
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