I stare at this picture often to remember that the 6.5 kids I have is nothing in comparison. Heh heh.
It is NOT easy to get a large family ready and looking decent for every church service. It's such a different dynamic in the level of energy it takes to get there. No joke. It take much more time and careful coordinating. I almost always underestimate the time I need to get so many ready in the morning. For me it starts the day before getting everything prepared and ready. By Sunday morning (for example), just getting up early enough to feed everyone, pull the blankets off the kids, sing the song "Rise and Shine" a few hundred times while opening the shades, reminding the kids over and over to get in the bathroom and brush their teeth.
If my boys could get away with this
they would go out like this all the time.
Why didn't I just wake up earlier to have more time? Usually with getting preparations done the night before I'll be falling into bed pretty late. Then once I wake up I'm majorly battling morning sickness. Partiers might hug the toilet because they drank too much the night before but pregnant mommies have their reason too. It's not because of alcohol, we're brewing a baby.
So if you see a Mom of Many rushing into church at any time and maybe even a few minutes late, don't comment on her lateness, just say, "I'm glad you made it!" with a smile. I will always say back.... "Me too!" (Flowers and a congratulations card is even better). Every single time I happily sit in my chair at church so grateful we really did make it. No kids were even left behind. I think.
You know how everyone is all excited for Fridays? My favorite day of the week is Monday. Weekends represent busyness, rushing, coordinating, organizing, and going here and there. It's not too bad with a few kids but start adding to the numbers and it gets a little bit tougher. Imagine a mama duck trying to get all of her ducklings across the road. I'm sure the Duggar mama would need a stop light for her ducklings to get across. Mondays represent a normalcy in a routine and calmness. Back to our scheduled daily chores, homeschooling, and reliable routines. Weird, I know. I just know there are moms out there who understand.