My oldest daughter Anna came to me several weeks ago. It was a few days after we'd announced to our children that T. and M. would be joining our family. She had the above piece of paper in her hand, and said that she'd drawn everyone in our family and that she loves us all so very much. And I about burst into tears when I saw that both T. and M. were included in Anna's family portrait.
I know that sometimes children are less than thrilled to add another child to the family. I know that people shake their heads and wonder about kids in larger-than-average families. Will they still receive enough attention? Do they even WANT more siblings? And, what about siblings with medical needs? Isn't that too much of a burden to place on kids who didn't get to choose?
We are so blessed to be able to say that (so far) this has never, ever, EVER been an issue for us. Ev.er.y. time we have added to our family--either through birth OR adoption--ev.er.y. child has been THRILLED. Over-the-moon excited. If you ask any of them how many siblings they want, you'll generally get an answer between 100-500. No joke. I always tell them that we won't have THAT many children, but it makes my heart so glad that they are so welcoming and excited about new life in our family. Yes our children will eventually grow up and have all sorts of
So. Once our adoption training and homestudy were complete, and therefore we could move forward with these sweet girls, we sat our kids down and said we had a fun announcement. We told them about T. and M., and made a big deal about it, as the kids jumped up and down. We showed them a picture of each of our new daughters, and then later that evening showed them some video of one of our girls.