Growing up in a family with six children, when people used to ask me how many siblings I have I would say, "Only five."
Our family was not considered to be a big family among the Amish, and I often wished for more siblings, especially sisters. My parents both came from big families, and most of their siblings went on to have large families as well.
I still don't think having six children is a big family, but have discovered what is thought of as a big family varies a lot from culture to culture, from one church denomination to another, and even what part of the country you live in.
The area we live in now a lot of people have only two children, there are of-course still families that have more, but it isn't as common as it was in the Midwest.
With our four children I am still amused when people think we have a big family, and recently at church when we were doing our meet and greet time between song service and the message this one visiting lady who had been sitting in front of us turned around and counted our children. "Oh my!" she says. "You must be really busy and have your work cut out for you. I'll be sure and pray for you."
I wasn't sure how to respond to that, for several different reasons.
1. I don't consider us to have a big family.
2. Our children were standing right there!! How were they supposed to feel? She made it sound as if they were a burden.
3. I never turn prayers down ..... but ...... really??