I want to make a strong statement, actually several, based on Jenna's comments. I love Jenna and Beth for the same reasons; they both can swear better than I, and they both say exactly what is on their mind, even if it knocks me off-kilter for a minute (and few things do that having been a boarding school principal and dorm parent for 7 yrs).
1. Some people should not have children. Some people are incapable of properly raising them. I think of Brittany Spears. Children are immortal beings that parents get to share in the creation of. This is weighty stuff. An immortal being. It has a start, but it will have no ending.
Parents will be accountable for their role in this process. Let's pray the Brittany matures into this reality.
2. Children are not necessary in order to have a complete family. Ok, now you know I'm not Catholic.
God had Adam name the animals for a reason. If it were me, by the second pair, I'd be wondering where my partner was. Sure, leopards are nice and soft, but you can't....., let alone talk with one. Then, God creates Eve, and specifically tells Adam that she is one like him. So much so that she is FROM him. WOW. Not a leopard or tree fog, but a woman.
All of the previous days, God ended his creation work by saying it was good. But after making Eve, and bringing Adam and Eve together, He said that it was very good. That's God pronouncement on a man and woman. End of story. It is very good. Nothing else is needed for it to be complete. Nothing. Adam and Eve's children did not come until later.
Children are guests to the family. They are not the center. The husband and wife relationship is the primary relationship in the family, whether or not there are children. We all know of families in which the children are the center. Aside from a lengthy analysis of why, let me just say that we've all recognized that that dynamic doesn't feel right.
A married couple can accomplish many things for the kingdom of God without children better than if they had children.
So, never judge a family by its size, whether it contains 2 or 15 (like our friends at church whose son saved lives during the 35W bridge collapse).