They are remarkable for how they seek to live their lives in obedience to God and His Word, no matter the cost. The most visible example of this is their children. Here's a recent photo of proud "Papa D" with his 5 blessings ages 5, 4, 3, almost 2, and 7 months (give or take a month...I forget the last two's birthdays...that's right, no twins).
The "D's" have just announced that #6 is due in 2010!
Now I say they choose to live in obedience to God, no matter the cost. Having as many children as possible is not the obedience I speak of, however. It is deeper:
Luk 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Mat 6:25-33 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?... But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Psa 139:13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
Psa 127: 3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Rom. 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We are too easily conformed to this world. We are reluctant to sacrifice ourselves beyond our comfort zone. We trust in our ability to provide for ourselves instead of trusting the providence of God. And, we forget that "Solid joys and lasting treasures, none but Zion's children know." (John Newton.)
The "D's" don't do this perfectly. Neither do I. None of us can at all without the gift of God's grace.
Just wanted to give a shout out to their faithful example of humble submission to God and rejoice in the creation of another fallen representation of His image!