See that family up there? It’s mine. Mine. That’s my hubby, my girls. Mine.
I posted these recent family photos on Facebook yesterday and two college friends reminded me how I had been so sure I would never meet anyone, have a hubby or kids. I was sure of it. They were sure I was wrong. For once, I’m glad I was wrong.
I love those four people like crazy. More than words can ever express. I love them.
I love the good moments, I love the hard. I love it.
This weeks has had some hard. Patrice was sick, really sick, Wednesday night. She has recovered, but now Sue is down.
In the middle of that, I started to panic I was not teaching the girls the right stuff. I don’t have specific curriculum picked out. I am working a lot from items I find on-line, iPad apps, I Can Read books, and hand-me-down workbooks.
Today I feel better about it. The hand-me-downs I have are really great books. I am photocopying a bunch of math for Caitlyn right now, won’t she be thrilled. I have Rod and Staff Bible/Reading material to start in the new year, the girls are in love with and challenged by the Teach Me iPad apps, and I ordered some handwriting and phonics material from Christian Book Distributors (CBD) today.
Even that teared me up.
We used to get the huge CBD newspaper print catalog. I would drool over it for days. I would choose something to save my pennies for. I remember saving and saving for Janette Oke’s Love Come Softly and When Calls the Heart box sets. I still have them, and due to my high book handling standards, they are still in pristine condition. Fast forward a couple decades and here I am, pouring over CBD again to find what is just right for my girls. Mine.
So, I cried. Tears of joy, utter joy.
And while sick kids are part of the hard, there is joy there too. I am the mama. They want me when they are sick. I can help them feel better. I can be there and love them.
In sickness and in health.
And because you need even more cute of my family…
And if you could only see the cute going on in my kitchen right now…
Caitlyn and Patrice are having a dance party. Patrice just pointed at Caitlyn and said, “lets do it!” And do it they are!!! They are busting a move with the “Funky Chicken” and “The Wheels on the Bus.”