On Welcoming Babies
And her sixth boy.
At age 43.
I found it inspiring how she and her family welcomed this baby. True, it took a bit of time to get used to the idea, but they adjusted to the surprise and now they love that baby to pieces.
The church threw a shower for little Adrian, and Rita's mom, Juanita, told us that Rita is following in the family tradition. Rita, Juanita, and Juanita's mom all had their seventh baby at age 43.
That was the point where Rita turned to her newly-engaged daughter, Kayla, and said, "Watch out!"
We all laughed.
What a legacy.
I was my mom's fifth baby, and sometimes I think of how amazing it is how she always made me feel like I was a welcomed child.
I didn't think about this until I was an adult and did the math. Mom had married at the age of 34 and then had three boys, one girl (my older sister, Rebecca), and one miscarriage in 7 years.
Mom had lots of reasons to not want more children just then. She was past 40, they were poor, she was incredibly busy.
But three months after Rebecca was born, she was pregnant with me.
That Christmas, she used to tell me, she and Dad hosted the family Christmas gathering. After the dishes were done she had a little tea party with her sister Vina, her mom, and the sisters-in-law. Under every saucer, Mom put a little paper on which she had written:
"Yes, it's true.
Baby Yoder due
Mom always looked happy when she told this story. Like Rita's little Adrian, I am blessed.