I knew people watched our family, but I was reaffirmed today that people are REALLY watching our family.
Today, Steve treated us to a wonderful lunch at our favorite Mexican Restaurant. Even though we try to be quiet, a family of seven is going to have it's moments. When I went to pay, the owner's wife complimented me and said "I really admire your patience with your children. It's so nice to see a family your size able to eat out. Most parents wouldn't bother. I was watching you and you really seem to have patience." It was so sweet and so encouraging. It just made my day. I usually do not think of myself as a patient person, but I must have had a shining moment. I just sent that compliment to God who gave me the strength to be patient for that moment.
I thought about it and counted at least 4 people who turned their heads to look at us and gawk. I always wonder what they are thinking. Are we too noisy? Are we annoying them? Are they enjoying seeing a family enjoying themselves? Do they feel sorry for us? Do they feel envious? It's a strange place to be and it will only get more common as God blesses us with another child.
I am blessed and thankful for each of our children. They are good kids. Not perfect kids, but they are sweet and good quite a bit of the time.