I will admit I feel a little bad about my negative rant below, particularly since I have had so many people tell us that we looked great in the article and they thought it was only slightly negative. As always, a lot of support from families of all sizes.
Reflecting on how smaller families perceive us, and misunderstand us, I think one of my friends put it best, talking about an outsider’s look into the large family lifestyle:
“The article has a slightly negative tenor. This is a bit of a stretch, but for analogy’s sake, I liken it almost to faith… or religion. Outsiders are not going to understand. They are going to send in their ‘analysts,’ who aren’t really trying to understand, either. They will report their findings which will be colored by their prejudged, preformed opinions. And call it ‘facts.’ Those of us who are practicing this life, this ‘faith,’ if you will, who are living it and know what the truth is can only smile & represent as best we can.”
Thanks to all of you who helped me put it into better perspective. I guess I was a prime example of what the article was trying to show…that large families can (and often do) feel like we are being attacked.