Monday, October 03, 2011
Well, it's true. The family is almost like its own system, really. And as I've watched Tigist and Mekdes join our system, I've realized that each system needs to be able to embrace and adjust and sway and essentially absorb the impact of such a change.
As for me, I have done my very best to keep up with our regular schedule, so that my kids have not had to give up activities on account of this change. In other words, I've tried to maintain some semblance of normalcy in their lives amidst upheaval. This means keeping up with their homeschool co-op, soccer, ceramics, a Friday night girls' group at our parish, and Mass. Part of me would have loved to have locked the doors, shut all the windows, and turned out all the lights these past two weeks as I've attempted to get over jet lag and the exhaustion of parenting two new little ones. But, I don't think that would have been healthy for me or for our family, overall.
Of course the irony is that by the time we start feeling normal-ish again, it'll be time for, you know, my daughters' heart surgeries. But, like with everything else, even after our little family mobile goes all crazy-off-kilter, it will right itself again. That's the beauty of family. Experiencing life, both ups and downs, all together, and coming out better and stronger in the end.
Posted by Brianna Heldt at 9:22 AM
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