Today marks the beginning of a new adventure for our family. Our "little" family of five has instantly become a family of seven! Last night at 8:05 as the South West flight from Huston (via Denver) touched down, our lives changed. Tana and Grey have come to Sacramento to live with us as Tana goes back to school. We've painted her room and emptied it out of all our belongings trying to make a cozy place for her to call her own. For Grey and the children it is a bit of a different story. Grey (or affectionately called "Buggy" by his cousins) had his own room before and is now sharing with three cousins who love him too much for words. He's gone from being an only child to second youngest of four! I know this transition will be difficult for him, and we are going to do all we can to make the road smoother, but your prayers would be appreciated.
When I think about our day to day, lots of questions come up. But through all the questions comes a quiet and calm peaceful answer that families have been doing this for hundreds of years. We are no different than all the families that have come before us. Four children in one bedroom? For 90% of the world, it's done every day. They have to share their toys? ~gasp~ (they have more toys combined than should be legal!) We have to sacrifice our own personal comfort? ~bigger gasp~ These things should not be foreign to us, however they are... we live in a society that thinks we are crazy for having seven people in our humble three bedroom home. Maybe we are crazy, but I tend to think we will all be better in the process of learning how to deal with one another.
So please pray for us, not for "patience" or "transition" or "ease" but rather that Christ would transform us into who He wants us to be through this joy that is loving our family. I'll keep you updated as to how He is refining us!