Grace had it on her heart to make gingerbread cookies with the kids. Since there’s so much commotion going on, it took 2 days to get the gingerbread dough prepared, chilled, and ready to roll, but boy was it worth the bother! Amélie oversaw the progress, but then she wanted to help too, so Aunt Gerlinde showed her how.The cookies were baked to perfection, and then everybody was ready to join in the fun…and I do mean everybody! We had 9 grandchildren under 7 at our house that night, and the only one who abstained was Sophie, who’s only a month old. Sophie slept through the whole party and never even knew what she was missing. Even Judah and Baby Giles got into frosting (with a little help from their dads), and for those of us who really like frosting…their cookies were “the best!”But, I think every cookie was a masterpiece…just like ginger children.
Each child is so unique and so wonderful! They are really precious gifts. As I watch my kids waking up at all hours with babies, changing diapers, soothing tears, managing squabbles, doing endless loads of laundry, cleaning up after them, and trying to find time to nurture them, I remember so well the “good, old days” when our seven were little and I was more or less always exhausted. I sometimes hear young people say, “So, why would anybody ever want to have kids? They’re so much work.” True, true, but they are also so much of the stuff of life and love…tiny bundles of humanity that have the potential to enjoy life and fellowship with God and with us forever! What a gift we can give by investing our lives in children…and what gifts they are to us as well. I wouldn’t trade mine for any amount of money or leisure!!!
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).