Why 10 kids?

As I was sitting in the ER last week with chest pains, dizziness, shortness of breath and heart palpitations, the doctor was asking a variety of questions to get to the bottom of my symptoms. The casual question came up as it always does, “And do you have any kids?”

“Yes, we have a few kids.”

“A few?”

“Well, actually 10.”

The doctor about fell off his stool, sputtering with exasperation and laughter that surely having ten kids was my diagnosis, and I just needed a quiet relaxing week in the hospital to feel better! His response wasn’t too far off from the typical response we hear when people meet us, or hear that we have ten kids. We really haven’t been asked too frequently WHY, partly because I think we’re so matter-of-fact about it, that somehow ten kids is “normal”. For those of you who don’t know us, our 10 kids have come to us from the far corners of the earth, and all were considered “special needs” because of their individual situations:

  • Four were adopted from Ukraine – an entire sibling group that was 5, 7, 9 and 11 at their time of adoption.
  • One was adopted from Russia at the age of 19 months. He was a preemie, weighing just 14 pounds and not walking or talking at the time of adoption, and a minority (his birth parents are from Tajikistan).
  • Two were adopted from Haiti at the ages of 8 and 9.
  • Three are birth children.

So, if you’re like many, you might be wondering WHY?  It’s simple really – God’s heart is for the orphan, and as His followers, ours are to be too.  James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

If you’re still wondering WHY…take a look at this:

P.S.  And just to assure you – having ten kids was NOT my diagnosis.  As it turns out I have an electrical problem with my heart that is probably genetic.  So, don’t shy away from having ten kids yourself for fear of heart problems! 🙂

  • Vicki

    I like your blog

    • Vicki – thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! My goal for 2011 is to write a new post each day, so keep checking back in! Have a great day!

  • Judy

    Thanks for sharing Kristin, that little movie was very touching. Only a very special person could take on the AMAZING job of being a mom to so many orphaned children! God new when you were born that you would do great things for these little ones. It is always amazing to think that God knew these children would one day have a very special mama long before you did! Keep up the great work! You are such a wonderful person with such a caring heart!

    • Judy, thanks for the compliment. I can only do what I do with God’s help and guidance! It is rather incredible to sit back and think about how He has orchestrated, planned and accomplished His plans for each of the kids in our family. It’s always incredible to join in God’s work and play a role!

  • i like it

    • James, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Keep checking back as I’ll be (hopefully) writing a new post each day on a variety of topics. Have a good one!

  • this.is.amazing.
    I love the video that you added to the end of this post. Watching it I can almost hear your heartbeat (even if it is somewhat ‘defective’). Thank you for sharing this!

    • Thanks for stopping by – and love your comment about my defective heartbeat beating through the video. So beautifully put, and so very true! 🙂