Children are a gift from God because they provide so much joy and happiness to a family and make them feel complete. However, it can be a daunting experience for individuals who have large families and require all of the support they can get to care for them.
One family with 16 children is telling their story today about how God has been with them and sustained them during their journey, and why they will not stop having children.
After struggling to conceive, Patty and Carlos Hernandez are counting their blessings. They claim to have put the decision to have more children in God’s hands. Patty Hernandez, 39, considers raising children to be a beautiful experience, despite the fact that it can be demanding at times.
This lovely couple from North Carolina met at church and instantly fell in love. They knew they wanted children once they married, but they had no idea the Lord would bless them with so many. Patty explained, “We started with one and ended up with 16.” “We had no idea there would be so many.”
“I had issues getting pregnant with Carlos for over two years,” Patty remarked, recalling the difficulties they faced when attempting to conceive for two years. “I suppose my body wasn’t quite ready.” Perhaps it wasn’t God’s timing for them, as he was preparing them for a higher calling. The couple never used birth control and had regular personal encounters, but they were unable to conceive, and Patty became despondent.
But, Patty claims, after that period of waiting, God performed a miracle for them. “Then God performed the miracle,” she continues. “We asked God for a kid, and he immediately began providing us with children.” Every three months, we started getting pregnant.” The couple had their first child, Carlos, in 2008, and went on to have 16 children, including three sets of twins. “When I’m pregnant, I’m really delighted,” she added. “I generally become pregnant again three months after having a baby.”
Many couples would consider quitting after having 16 children, but these two say they have left that decision in God’s hands. “We’ve given everything to God,” Patty remarked, “so whatever God wants to give us, we’ll be satisfied with.” “We don’t utilize birth control.” “He just didn’t want to come out,” she recalls of her most recent pregnancy, which was the most painful. Clayton, her 16th child, didn’t arrive until he was 40 weeks old, which was unusual because all of her other children arrived at 38 weeks.
Being a mother and father entails a lot of responsibilities, and it may be a stressful experience, especially when the children are young, according to Patty. “With a newborn, it’s a little more stressful and harder. She says, “The babies are always crying, and I have to take care of them.” “However, it is a blessing, and we are grateful.” The family who runs a cleaning business lives in a five-bedroom house in Charlotte, complete with a nursery room with five cribs.
Carlos works hard at work and considers it a privilege to be able to provide for his growing family while Patty looks after all of the kids at home. They have given all of the children names that begin with the letter C as a token of their gratitude. “We name everyone with a ‘C’ since my husband’s name begins with a ‘C,’ and also because of Christ,” Patty explains. So we chose that letter in honor of both,” Patty explained.
Carla and Caitlyn (11), Calvin and Catherine (7), and Caleb and Caroline (10) are among the family’s six sons and ten girls (4). Carlos Jr. (13), Christopher (12), Cristian (10), Celeste (9), Cristina (8), Caroll (5), Camilla (3), Charlotte (2), Crystal (1), and Clayton, who is about to turn one, are the other children’s names and ages. The family begins each day with a devotional, in which they pray, sing, and read the Bible together.
“We love the Lord, therefore we’re teaching them about the Bible,” Patty says of how she and Carlos are instilling fear of the Lord in their children. “One of the best bonds we all share is wanting them to be decent people,” Patty added. Every youngster has duties to perform, and she tries to get as much housework done as she can while the older ones are at school. When asked if they want additional children in the future, they respond it is up to the Lord to make that decision.
“All of these children are a gift from God,” Patty stated. “I understand some people don’t agree, and there are some ugly comments online, but it’s a huge blessing for us.” We’ll have another child if God wants us to have another.” What an inspiration this story is for individuals who are trying to conceive, as well as those who have a large family and feel judged because of it.