I don't know HOW we do it - but you know what - I do know WHY we do it! When people tell me they couldn't do it I don't believe them - I don't believe them because they WOULD do it. They are your kids - you love them and care for them - you help guide them and protect them - you lose your temper with them and you model grace - you cheer for them on the sidelines and help them with their math. You talk deep with them and you admire them for who they are becoming. You play with them and belly laugh with them. You teach them the fine art of camping and smore making! Our life gets crazy because we have FIVE blessings to consume our lives but it does not make us heroic - it just makes us that much more blessed!
A year ago this week we were in Ethiopia meeting our boys for the first time. It was our first time all together as a family of seven. We have had a lot of amazing times this year but we have had a lot of hard times too! There are days full of sunshine and happiness and there are days full of heartache and tears - and you know what - that is OKAY! Everyone is still getting used to what family looks like and how OUR family dynamic works. Everyone is still working on finding their place and where they belong. The amazing thing is that they DO all belong! They are OURS - all FIVE of them - and our life is more crazy because of it but It's OUR Life and we wouldn't have it any other way!
I hope when people look at my family they see our love for our kids. I hope they see a family striving to love God and His people. I hope when people see us they can see through the crazy to our hearts and lives - all of us walking hand-in-hand, side-by-side to grow and love together! I hope people can see "what we are and what our hearts beat for!"
This is OUR LIFE and the World is WATCHING!