Another unexpected twist in motherhood happened when Sarah moved in with us. She launched Parenthood 2.0 and we gained The Bigs. Beautiful, adult children who God knew we needed to enrich our lives. I can't imagine how boring our lives would be without Sarah, Sarai, Todd and Shayla, Josh and finance' Emily, and Kate and finance' Jordan. We love them like they're our own and are so grateful to their biological families for sharing them with us.
|Crazy how things change so quickly in two years. We're missing half our crew in this photo!|
|Kate's bridal shower|
Today I read a fictional account of what Mary might have thought in those first few hours after Jesus' birth. She ponders out loud, "Do you think I'll do okay? Will you love me too?" It made me cry because I ask myself those same questions all the time.
|copyright Jared Whitney|
|Copyright Jared Whitney|
It takes a village to raise our kids. I am so grateful for my Mom who has always modeled love to me. I inherited a mom-in-love and a step-mom who both love our entire family. We fumbled through the growing pains of blending families, but God is so good. He writes stories of redemption and beauty and second chances and I love all these women so much.
God has given me three sisters-in-love who are wonderful mothers, a slew of incredible friends that are raising incredible kids, and a group of older, wiser women who mentor me and pray for me and my kids. Each woman models some mothering skill to me that is admirable and encouraging. We need each other. Our kids need each other.
|My amazing Mom|
|We have a strong selfie game|
|Look at all my Treasures.|
Happy Mother's Day!