Monday, January 19, 2009

How we ended up as eight...

Okay... so I keep posting about how many people live in my house... and thought I should explain. Not that there is anything wrong with women who give birth to sooooo many children, but I will say up front... that's not for me!!!

Years ago in 1992 I had a beautiful baby girl.... dark hair and dark eyes with a beautiful complexion. How did I get so lucky.... So now instead of worrying about me, me, me, I had her to worry about. That's how we get two.


Then in 1998 Becca and I were blessed with our sweet baby boy, Blake. Quiet the opposite of his big sister, he was light complected, blonde hair, and blue eyes. And I have always said that if I had him first, I never would've had another one. From day one, he has been hell on wheels but I wouldn't trade my man for the world.


So as a single mom in 2001 I ran into an old friend of mine and we started spending time together as friends. I had never lived on my own so when I finally got a place of my own, he offered to move in with me. That shifted life's events and from that moment on we were no longer just friends. Now of course we've had our ups and downs... alot of downs... but we've struggled through them and manage to overcome for the most part. He has been a wonderful father to my children and I think that God had it in his plan all along because Blake is the spitting image of my husband and acts just like him (poor me)! And my children love him and he is their Daddy. So, now we are 4!

Jojo and I weren't able to have children of our own due to a hysterectomy I had to have 5 years ago. It was devastating for us but we moved on. We were content on it being us.... then in October his sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Another one of God's plans, she calls us and says, "She's yours. I can't give her the life you can. Come get her..." Do you think I hesitated for one moment??? Well, heck no!!! So with a 16 yr old and a 10 yr old and working a full time job, I drop everything and became a momma once again to a newborn!!! She is OUR life!!! We all love her and are very blessed and lucky to have her.


Then in November, due to unforeseen circumstances and a family emergency, we received temporary custody of my husband's two nephews and niece... ages 5, 4, and 2 respectively. There was no way we were letting them go into foster care and be split up. Especially at the holidays.



And that's how we have become a family of 8!!! It's been a life changing event and there are days when I just wish for everything to be back normal. And I know that God is working his magnificent plan and if I just let him do it, everything will end up right where it's supposed to be. The kids will be back with the mother like they should be and my family will be complete, like it should.

7 comments:

Heidi said...

Wow. That's awesome. I bet it is loud and wonderful at your house.

Stephanie said...

What a great story. I think it's so great that you all are caring for those kids. They're very lucky.

Sara said...

That is truely amazing! How unselfish of you and your Hubs!!! I love it!!! =]

mommaof4wife2r said...

love it...sounds a little like us! super fun fam!

The Reality of Happily Ever After said...

WOW!! What a story... and YES! a lot of blessings...

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Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

You sound like one special lady. That's an amazing story of building a family. I'm sure it's not always easy. But you truly are blessed and all your kids are so lucky to have you.