Tonight I watched "Cheaper by the Dozen 1" with my roommate. It is such a fun, entertaining movie, and I had watched it many times before. If you haven{t seen it, here is a brief summary.

This couple has twelve children, they live in a small town, and life is chaotic.  Too much family in too little space. Dad is a high school coach, and Mom stays home caring for her family and is writing a book about them. The parents call a family meeting and announce that Dad is taking a coaching job which means more income, so the family is moving to the city. None of the kids want to move, but the parents convince them by telling them how more money will benefit them: no more hand-me-downs, opportunities to play sports, and a bigger home.

The family moves, Dad begins coaching, and Mom is getting her book published and is leaving on a two week book tour. Family life becomes a mess. No one is around to help with homework, Dad is too busy with the team, Mom is gone and home is falling apart. The children began acting out and getting into trouble. Mom comes home, parents began fighting and kids are sure Dad and Mom are going to get a divorce.

It hit me like a ton of bricks as I was watching this movie. These children are starved for their parents´attention. They would give up the bigger home, the new clothes, and the extra money if it means they will have their parents involved in their lives again. How stressful is your home? We want to give our children the best, and live at a higher standard but at what cost? Is your home a happy home?

When my husband and I went to prison, my parents had to sell everything we owned: our home, our vehicles, our furniture, our clothes, everything. When we get out of prison we get to start fresh, and we both want to live a simpler life, spending time with our family as much as possible. So take a look at your home. Are your children starved for your attention? Do you use television and video games as babysitters? Do you have time to spend with your spouse? Maybe now would be a good time to stop buying more stuff and start spending time with those you love, and who need you most.

Philippians 4:11 "Not that I speak in respect of want for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
I Timothy 6:8 "And having food and raiment let us be therewith content."
Hebrews 13:5 "...And be content with such things as ye have..." 



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