Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Filling the Earth

We enjoyed number five so much...

Using screw driver for dinner utensils,
 Trying on shoes,
 Covered in peanut butter,
Using iPhone cords as repelling devices,
 Putting that green paper where it belongs,
 Fixing some plumbing,
Helping with laundry,
 Snack time,
 Oops. I think the wrong kid is crying,
 With UV rays these days, you can never be careful enough out in the sun,
 Sampling the best part of banana bars,

As I was saying, we're enjoying number five so much we thought we'd go for number six. '01-'03-'05-'07-'09...another Arant child coming in the Spring 2012.

The best part of expecting #6 so far have been the comments. People have gone from excitement back in 2001 to compassion and concern in 2012...

"Wow. How many do you think you'll have?"
"You know what causes that, right?"(I've lost count of how many times this has been said)
"At least I don't have to take care of it"
"Are you sure?"
"If you're happy, I'm happy"

Those are just a few of the responses. Most have been very encouraging, especially...

"Don't you see that children are God's best gift? the fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior's fistful of arrow are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep." - Psalm 127:3-5 (from the Message)


-E said...

My best friend lives in Michigan and has 7 kids. After the 4th, he started getting some of the exact same comments you've gotten. (Truth is, I've gotten some of the same comments with only 4 kids!). So my friend would always call me when they were pregnant again so that he could hear me say what I now say to you:

Congrats! That's awesome news!

Matt and Amy Farley said...

That is so exciting! Congrats!

Leah said...

The world can't have too many Arant children. :) Congratulations friends!

Anonymous said...

That's really exciting! I love big families. We are waiting for our first child who happens to be living in Asia right now. We get all kinds of mixed responses with our announcement of adoption. Children are a blessing! Why wouldn't we want to receive a blessing?! So happy that you have been blessed with another child! Carlene Young

The Pelhams said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I know where you are coming from on the comments!! We heard that too when we were expecting #5, and sadly #5 went to be with the Lord at the end of June. Now we are trying to decide if we should have #5 at all. I appreciate the verse from Psalms you put at the end. Very encouraging and insightful right now on our walk! Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby!!

Anonymous said...

We are so happy and rejoicing today about the precious new life!!! You have been on our hearts and in our prayers. Adam and Wendy Riedell

Christy said...

Congratulations!! Wonderful news. And I agree with Leah's comment. : )

Anonymous said...

The Brinkley family will miss neighboring the pregnancy and arrival of #6! Congratulations to your family and all our best to Leatha as she grows with your newest addition!

Barbie said...

I LOVED those pictures of Jett! You know what my comment was don't you...if I chose the parents to have a large family, it would be you two. You guys do a great job!

ModFarmhouse said...

Wonderful news! We are due with #5 in 13 days. Children are a reward! Give Leatha a huge congratulations from me! -Anna Hughes

Metropuritan Mark said...

Thanks for all the comments and encouraging words!