So if you haven't heard yet, we're expecting our fifth child. New baby will be coming our way June 12. And if you haven't heard yet, we're expecting our fifth daughter.
Let me just say it right up front and for the record . . . we're excited to have a daughter. I'm excited to have a daughter. I love having daughters. And you can quote me on that.
No, we weren't trying for a boy. No, I wasn't hoping for a boy. I honestly feel no need or desire to have a son.
So please don't apologize to me for being the father of five daughters. Please don't remind me that we will have five weddings to look forward to. Please don't make comments about estrogen or drama or being outnumbered. Please don't ask me if I know how boys are made. And please oh please don't ask if we're going to keep trying for a boy.
You won't be original. I've heard it before--trust me--umpteen times and then another umpteen times.
Please don't act like I've been dealt some cruel card by Fate. Because I will tell you that I've been blessed. I will tell you that God in all his sovereignty has seen fit to entrust us with five daughters for a reason. I will tell you that we've had children with no preference about gender.
I know the numbers. With each pregnancy the gender of the child is always 50/50. But as the number of same-gender children accumulate the "odds" of having another of the same gender shrink. Wanta know the odds of having five daughters? 6%. That's right. It's pretty rare.
But I don't believe in odds and chance. I believe in God's purpose and plan.
He gave us five daughters. We are blessed. Period.
And like I said: I love having daughters.
I'm not going to go into all the positive attributes of girls or all the reasons I love having girls. I don't want to diminish the blessing of having a son or sons. I love having daughters because it is how God has blessed us. He chose to give us daughters. Wonderful daughters. And we are content and happy with his decision.
So congratulate us (as many of you already have!). Be thrilled for us (as many of you already are!).
And besides all that, one of our favorite literary familes, the Bennets of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, were a family of five daughters. So we're in good company.