THEIR parents met before they did. David Goodwin’s Mum and Dad even encountered their daughter-in-law-to-be, Belinda, before their son had.
An “arranged marriage” it wasn’t, but more than a decade later with six children, five chooks and pumpkin soup simmering on the stove, the Goodwins revelled in a day away from “the norm” on the April 26 public holiday.
“We probably have more swings than most parks (do),” David joked of their half-acre Oxley home.
“We enjoy being at home together and have even stopped driving every which way on Saturdays.
“Often we just make a pot of tea and sit outside with the kids … and talk.”
The “kids” – Thomas, 9, Emma, 7, Samuel, 5, Charlotte, 4, Lily, 2, and Sarah, 7 months – David described as “a blessing”.
“When we were having our second I remember thinking, ‘How will I love another child? I’m kind of ‘full up’ now’,” he continued.
“When Emma arrived I love her just as much as Thomas but in a different way.
“The richness of our lives has expanded with each child. “I actually feel sorry for those who don’t experience the richness of having children.”
David and Belinda, both active in the pro-life arena, agreed an understanding of “the miracle of life” is part of the tapestry of how they were raised, who they are as individuals and how they parent their own brood.
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