Some of the blessings of living 'close to home': We eat our meals together, spend lots of time outside and at the pool, watch movies, ride bikes, read the Bible and pray together, drink tea and talk. With seven children, there’s always someone “new” to play with and sometimes the kids keep themselves occupied for hours playing outside or doing crafts or playing with toys, and I will pay bills, or cook the next meal, or sometimes just sit and rest! My kids might be just "so-so" at basketball and gymnastics, but, thank God they know and love his Word! If we had had the money to sign up for all kinds of activities, we may have missed this huge blessing! (I'm NOT saying, of course, that you can't be excellent in a sport and still know and love God's Word!)
Since being forced to stay at home, and falling in love with it, the thought of having to pack kids up, take them to a class, wait around for an hour and then drive home makes me cringe.
I've learned that having a lot of money isn't always a blessing from God. Sometimes the Lord draws us closer to himself by keeping things tight and keeping us relying on him--and that is a blessing that beats money any day. That is the road we are on right now. I don's say that it is the road God has for everyone at every point in their lives. But for now, this is us.