I shared a similar testimony months ago on “PR Mama”, and responding to Twaddle Me Not’s quiverful post made me relive our experience again. I write to encourage you, wherever you are in your homeschooling experience, as it’s always good to remember.
I was older when we started having children. I can still remember our decision to stop at two because of societal expectations–you can hardly find a car for more than three children in today's market! Then, as our youngest was four and we began throwing things away, we both realized that we might not be finished. I have to confess that neither our decision to start or to stop were prayed-upon decisions; we simply didn’t have the sense to turn our “family planning” over to God in those days, but instead followed the secular thinking about professionals and family. We had a son and a daughter—the perfect family.
Though it’s laughable now to see our words in print (you’d have to know us then) I have actually saved the e-mail (my husband was out of town) when we decided that God had our provision already met and then some, and we began to pray about and work toward our third child. It took a year, and during that time I had to trust God in a way that I never had before, saying that if He said no to this request, we still had a boy and a girl. Only when I gave it to Him did we conceive, and she is the joy of our household. Not only that, but I came home from a lucrative job, and we have not skipped a financial beat. In fact, our testimony today is that we live from my husband’s income and we bank mine!
Occasionally, we have talked about and prayed about opening our home to another child who might not be as blessed as we are. God is so good, and there is so much here to share. I don’t know how the Lord will direct us and our family, but I am so very thankful that His faithfulness has provided more than we could ever ask for.