There were times in my winter days, of not so long go, when instead of allowing doodling on their reports they would be penalized instead. Times change. Wisdom increases. As times change (as does my blog….bear with me on that!!) I have noticed the almost necessity of creativity for every single person…well, at least in this house. My little sunshine (pictured below) is blossoming into an amazing artist. I could not let another day pass without sharing this girl she drew….it’s so beautiful. Just like her.
Little Gemma is showered with affection from everyone (God bless a big family!). Not only does Daniel, at two, cuddle and lay on her tummy while she pulls his hair, but the lessons learned…oh my…the lessons we learn from another member of our clan. One of the coolest thing is how we are automatically kindred spirits here. When someone new enters into our physical world it is almost like a spiritual satisfaction within. More completeness. Sometimes when we are all sitting around together, I’ll remark “who’s missing?” because it certainly seems like it at times. Our sixteen year old son has to hold the baby…take care of her…take care of one with the same blood. Powerful. He embraces it. He doesn’t complain (I suppose he knows I don’t tolerate that…and that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally get the “well…where is ‘so and so’) and truthfully is one of my favorites to watch over her when I am busy. He’s taken more video of her than anything else. So enough praise of him, but my point being, that he is learning in this big family, that he has to set his life aside at times to help those close to him. So are the others. Like in the morning ritual of Gemma waking up and having our little sunshine come in to giggle and cuddle. Heart and soul warming. If you think having a big family is tough, then yes, it is. Very tough. A complete sacrifice. But out of sacrifice is pure love.
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God for an odour of sweetness.
I know it is a bit blurry, but pure joy, even during hard times.
photos by anne marie.
xo + blessings,