Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Prior to Monica being born I asked a few friends should I change the name of the blog? Would one more child make that much of a difference in the experience that I blog about? I can say resoundingly - yes!
How each child understands that this new sibling will need mom and dad more for a little while and to see how they adjust. The boys - who didn't use to like to play together much - now playing tag, light saber style daily. Sarah offering to paint Catherine's nails. Sure they still fight but I've been conscious of how they know the small things - like keeping the house quieter when Monica and Simon, who is an official big brother now - need to nap. Thank goodness for kiddie pools and buckets!
We've also learned how important to try to carve a little something special for each of the children as often as we can, to fan their interests and laugh with them at their adventures.From admiring John Paul's egg carton rocket, to accompanying Simon to the library story and play time, gratefully accepting a friends invite to a swim play date or taking in the latest dress up fashion show, life in a larger than life family is still wonderful.
I was inspired to stay up a bit later to jot these thoughts after my husband sent me a link to a story about another "a typical family" - The Kilmer Family - from Maryland. They have 11 children under the age of 12 (no multiples for them) and appear to be just as content (but maybe more tired!) that I am. What an inspiration! I loved a quote by the mom, Jen - she pointed out the truth I'm coming to know better myself “Somehow God provides,” she often says, “in ways you don’t even know.”