Do I have my hands full? If by that we mean that I’m busy, sure. But you can have your hands full without things falling out of them, managing well what you’ve been given to do. And you can be carrying something precious with your hands full, which is the case with me. I do not think of my children as a burden to bear. They are a gift to me.
We have seven children, not four. Our first two, twins Alison and Paul, went to be with the Lord after being born too prematurely and living only two hours. Our seventh baby is with Him too, having only a short time of earthly life growing inside me. We are thankful to have our hands full because we know the unspeakable pain of having our arms empty. Children are a blessing, and we thank the Lord for all seven of ours.
So if you should see a family like us while you’re out and about, try saying instead what some of the kinder strangers say, “What a beautiful family you have,” or, “Your children are so well-behaved.” And if you are a family like us, and a stranger looks you in the eye and indicates that your life is difficult, look instead at the precious faces of your children and be grateful for such abundant blessing.