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  • Writer's pictureKatie Ratliff

Are you done having kids?

This is a question people love to ask.


After we had our two daughters, Addie & Dani, it was easy to tell people we wanted to have another child. For starters, three kids isn’t considered too outrageous in our suburb where the average family has 2.5 children. Plus most of our friends knew that my husband, a rabid sports fan (and that is an understatement), had been dreaming of coaching a son in football since the moment we said “I do.”


But things changed a bit when our son, Charlie, came along. Without hesitation people would tell us, “Oh good, you got your boy, so you’re done now.”


Before I go further, I want to point out that I was never offended by these types of comments, but it did make me step back and think about our culture’s view on family planning - that’s it’s just one more thing we try to control to get what WE think is best.


That said, I did think it was funny that people assumed since we had children of both genders we were “done.” Even more ironic is that in our culture of “women’s choice” a lot of people didn’t even ask me what I thought.


What wasn’t always easy to explain during small talk at kids’ birthday parties or neighborhood get-togethers was that I knew there was one person missing in our family. I would look at my three children and see a hole that just had to be filled. The decision had nothing to do with finances or whether our house was big enough; it was almost as though the choice had been made for us.


Just a little over a year ago, Baby No.4, Beau, arrived. Now people don’t assume that we’re done. Now they ask, “Are you done having kids?”


For some people, this may be a black and white question. But as a couple practicing NFP, this is a question that is impossible to answer. Are we happy as a family of six? Yes. Does that mean we’re definitely done having kids? No.


Why?


Because we place our fertility in the hands of our Creator every month. Yes, modern methods of NFP are just as effective as birth control. But in the end we know that God is in control, not us. And we trust that His plan - whatever that may be - is greater than anything we can imagine.


So for now when people ask us, “Are you done having kids?” we just shrug our shoulders and simply say we don’t know.


What about you? How do you answer this question? We’d love to hear from you.



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stephaniesally001
26 abr 2020

I'm from Wisconsin, USA. Married for 11 years with infertility, my journey have ended with the help of Lord Krish Spiritual. I have joined many infertility journey blogs online just to have a comforted heart over my problem and this has helped me to find the right man to help me cure this devastating problem. As a patient of endometriosis stage 3, it was really difficult to have a child but with the help of Lord Krish I got fertile and conceived within days of herbal treatment and before I knew it, I was finally pregnant. I never believed it was possible after 11 years of marriage. Thanks to everyone who has helped me both mentally and emotionally through thi…


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carina.st
08 ene 2019

I'm in my mid 40s and we have 4 children all welcomed and destined for us through cooperation with God and our knowledge about NFP. While we are blessed with our family and are quite tapped emotionally, physically, financially, with aging parents in our midst, I would be humbled, overjoyed, and honored if God presented us with another baby.

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Katie
18 dic 2018

@beloved.gagnon, Thanks for your comments! Sounds like we have similar families. :) We'll see what God has planned for us! That's what is so liberating about practicing NFP.... letting go of that false sense of control and trusting in Him.

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beloved.gagnon
17 dic 2018

We have 2 boys and 2 girls and have heard our fair share of “you know how that happens right?” and “wow you really have your hands full!” haha! And of course we are often asked if we are “done” to which I just shrug and say “we’ll see, nothing set in stone”.

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