So. Its official. We have the "Perfect Family". "The Million Dollar Family." And we better stop now, or we will ruin everything, and probably not be able to send our kids to Ivey League colleges for $100,000 a pop. Or so goes the compliments and reasoning of one in every third person we talk to now that our little girl is joining her older brother in this world.
- What I have settled on for now is: "Thank-you very much for the compliment. We won't be sitting on our laurels, but will keep on investing."
- Do you have any thoughts on what to say in such a situation? Do you have a standard response?
- With respect to the "Perfect family" comment, I like the response "We are far from perfect, and will seek continued growth in the Lord." What are your responses or thoughts?
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The "compliments" are actually hard to take sometimes. The reasoning (sometimes without realizing it) is that we humans know what is best for us, whether a boy, a girl, one of each, or only one gender. It is the same reasoning that has led to the gendercide of little girls in India and China, because the parents "know" what gender is best for them.
- In particular, we will continue to invest in children by seeking more of these precious blessings from God. "The fruit of the womb is a reward, and the children of one's youth is a heritage from the Lord." Again, we have been commanded to be fruitful and multiply on the earth. Deciding to stop at two children is not even the replacement level of around 2.1 children per family.
- We will also continue to invest our hearts and souls in our children, passing on what wisdom we have gleaned, but most importantly showing them the path to eternal life.
- It is impossible to put a price on the family. I view Stephanie as truly invaluable, far above rubies and diamonds. I would not trade my wife or any of our children for a trillion, let alone a million dollars.