“Starting a Family”

“Are you guys planning on starting a family anytime soon?”

Yes, in fact.

March 2nd, 2013. And it’s going to look like this:

I understand that children are a normal part of life. The traditional family unit (no matter where you are) is essentially mom, dad, and a few kids. And I also understand that many couples start having kids right after marriage. This isn’t a rebellious or offended type of post.

I do wonder, though, why “family” has come to mean “offspring” in so many mindsets and figures of speech.  Here are some thoughts on what I want my family to look like, from the get-go. Not when I bring home a baby. Starting March 2nd, 2013, sometime between 4 and 5pm.

“She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family” (Proverbs 31:15).

“My bounty is an boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give to thee the more I have, for both are infinite” (R&J, W.S).

“Her husband also…praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all” (Proverbs 31:27-28).

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

“The mark of Friendship is not that help will be given when the pinch comes (of course it will) but that, having been given, it makes no difference at all” (The Four Loves, C.S.L.).

“He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf” (Proverbs 11:28).

“A gracious woman attains honor… The merciful man does himself good” (Proverbs 11:16, 17).

“As Christ sees in the flawed, proud, fanatical or lukewarm Church on earth that Bride who will one day be without spot or wrinkle, and labours to produce the latter, so the husband whose headship is Christ-like (and he is allowed no other sort) never despairs” (The Four Loves, C.S.L.).

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”  Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:4-7).

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage” (Lao Tzu).

“He who finds a wife …obtains favor from the LORD” (<- his ring)

“Pour l’éternité” (<- my ring)

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