This newsletter is going to be all about my kids! Why? Well, one, because my kids have been my focus for the past month. With my wife finishing up work before the baby’s arrival, I was Mr. Mom. This month I found myself focusing exclusively on the family. Being home with the kids has given me a fresh appreciation for what my wife has done. It’s no easy job!
We also have the exciting announcement of the arrival of our new little boy! Elmer William Chaffee was born on June 24 at 11:47pm. He was 6 lbs 15 oz (our biggest baby!) This is number five for us! He is a beautiful, healthy boy and we are very thankful.
The Bible says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.” – Psalm 127:3-5. I’ve found this verse to be true. The joy that my children bring into my life is truly immense. With each child that is born, I sense the hand of God. It is such a beautiful and godly thing for a child to be brought into the hands of loving mother and father. There’s nothing like the face of the mother when the baby is presented to her for the first time and he is placed in to her arms. And the heart of God is revealed in the father when his eyes well up with joy at the first cries of his son. It is truly a miracle.
It is sad that the world has become so backwards regarding children. I can sense the disapproval of some over the size of our family, and we only have five! What the Bible calls a ‘heritage’ and a ‘reward,’ the world sees as a burden. Indeed, the world rejoices over the destruction of unborn children and boasts in relationships that cannot produce any. Backwards is the right word.
But I also have seen the regret on the faces of those in the world who have shunned family life for career and fortune. In their golden years they have finally come to realize that the promises of the world are empty. They have their bank accounts full of money but their hearts are empty. They have no grandchildren to smile upon. They have no one to carry on the family name. There’s no life in the family line. It all ends with them. Many will die lonely deaths with no one to hold their hand by their bedside. It is truly sad.
Life in the Chaffee Household
The Chaffee household is full of life! I Love it. It is quite difficult to keep the house clean, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The bible says, ‘where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes from the strength of an ox” (Pro 14:4). I see this increase in my life and in the life of my children. They make me very proud. Each day my wife and I get to pour into them the things we have learned. We sit together in the evenings and read the Bible and discuss it. Our goal is to produce godly offspring that can bring great increase to the kingdom of God! It makes my proud when my daughters tell me that the Sunday school teachers don’t call on them anymore. The teachers say, “Can someone else give us the answer?” Their ability to soak up the Word is truly remarkable.
I often tell people to ‘have more kids!’ From everything I can read in the Bible, it is a godly thing to do. Let’s not let the world’s thinking regarding children creep into our lives. According to the Bible, a big family is a blessing from God, for ‘Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.’
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