Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Reflection

You know how usually when you're studying the scriptures and words of the living prophets, you think, "Oh, I really need to work on that. I need to be more patient. Persuasion, gentleness, love unfeigned, that's what I need. A soft answer turneth away wrath. I oughtta try that more." You know the feeling, right?

Well, every once in a while, it's kinda nice to feel like, "yeah, I think I'm doing everything I possibly can in that regard." Like when you're sitting there, pregnant with your fifth child and your oldest is barely six and you read these words of Elder Ezra Taft Benson: "The first commandment given to man was to multiply and replenish the earth with children. That commandment has never been altered, modified, or cancelled. The Lord did not say to multiply and replenish the earth if it is convenient, or if you are wealthy, or if you have gotten all your schooling, or when there is peace on earth, or until you have four children. The Bible says, "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:...Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.' (Psalms 127:3,5)."

There's an awesome family in our branch here who has 9 delightful children, ranging in age from on a mission to still in nursery. You can just tell what great friends their kids are. I look at their family and think, "Wow, how fun! How wonderful to be blessed with so many kids all in one house. I hope we're blessed to have a great big family like we both grew up in." As the mother of this family said in a talk in church a couple weeks ago, "I always wanted to have a big family. I feel like I've won the lottery." Isn't that a great attitude? I just love her priorities. They certainly have their quiver full of kids and seem as happy as the Psalmist indicates a man would be. I currently feel so blessed to have the opportunity to welcome another precious child into our home!

10 comments:

Rachel Sorber said...

Wow! Congratulations! When are you due?

Melanie said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful!

Mirien said...

Mom told me your secret just a few days ago, but now I can know officially. Congratulations! You and Aaron are great parents and we love your children. Too bad we won't see this new baby for awhile!

merathon said...

and all the children who get to come to your home are equally as blessed! you two are great parents!

Sarah said...

Congratulations, Monette and Aaron! I can't wait to "meet" the next Dahle cutie.

Karey said...

Congratulations, Monette! I'm so excited for you and your sweet growing family! We love you so much! Hope you're feeling well!

Tara said...

Congratulations!! 5 kids in 6 years is nothing short of amazing! I hope your pregnancy goes well!

jessica said...

Yay!!

Johnson Family said...

Wow good luck with the pregnancy! Congratulations!

Marliese said...

So happy for you--it couldn't be happening to better people/parents:). And what a powerful/bold/daunting quote...but a great perspective. I think that is a commonly forgotten commandment. Thanks for your reflections.