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I'm one of 11 kids. Here's why I love being part of a big family.

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Over the years, people have often expressed shock when my parents reveal they have 11 children. Some ask my parents "how many" they wanted. I am always proud of my mom’s beautiful, humble response, “As many as God gives me.”

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan received an environmental award this summer for their “enlightened” decision to have no more than two children – a decision that supposedly reduces “their impact on the earth.”

The award is ironic considering they live in an 18,671-square-foot mansion and use private jets for travel. As the "Relatable" host Allie Beth Stuckey pointed out on her podcast, in spite of their family size, the couple’s carbon footprint is still likely higher than the average big family living in the Midwest.

Harry and Meghan's decisions regarding their family are their own matter, but rewarding them for limiting the number of their children is condescending and insulting to families like mine.

It not only implies that big families, and their children, are a net negative to society; it also negates the beauty that children and big families have to offer, and the role that they play in forming model citizens who will positively contribute to society.

Big families are a lot of work. Each child comes with a host of medical, educational and other bills. When my parents were expecting me – their fourth child – my dad quit his job and took a leap of faith to enroll in law school. He and my mom were frugal and raised my siblings and me to act similarly to keep our growing family afloat.

My mom devoted her time to homeschooling my siblings........


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