These are “we’ve made it this far” faces.
These are eyes of hope because we officially have all high schoolers in one building now.
These are semi-smiles because we know we’ve got more challenging teen parenting years ahead.
These are wrinkling faces that accompany lots of life’s hard lessons learned, but also lots of smiles earned.
For the first time in about 6 years (since our daughters came home from Africa) we will finally only have one school schedule to contend with. It’s a big deal because a few years ago we had 5 kids in 4 different schools. Back then we were struggling to get them to all their places because none of them could drive yet. In addition, we’ve never had local grandparents, aunts, or uncles to help us with carpooling.
The choice to adopt and add 2 more kids to our family has been a beautiful journey of growth sprinkled with a bit of survival. We’ve worked hard to integrate this multi-cultural family into one unit and it’s never been rainbows and unicorns.
True love isn’t easy because it requires us to drop all the silly self-serving fantasies about life and sit in the dark times with one another.
I love you Dennis and I’m glad we’ve “made it this far.” I love your semi-smile because I understand it. I love your eyes because they still have some hope. I love your wrinkles because I’m the one who got to watch them form over the past 22 years.
We’ve made it this far so I know we can make it further.