Aren't these metal sculptures fun?! The children loved playing with them. These works of art where next door to the court house where we spend time this morning finalizing Keshawn's adoption. He is now a HASSOLDT!!!
The judge was a very sweet lady. She really involved the children in the process and they thought that was cool. They each even got to hammer her very special gavel.
After our "day in court", the children and I toured the Pioneer Museum that was next door. We don't get downtown very often and the children convinced me with "we can count it as school Mom". What smart children!
This last picture is Keshawn holding Caresse's hand as we were leaving the court. When I look at it, I think, "This is why it is worth it all." Someone to walk the roads of life with...a family. Always there for each other, leading, following, helping, loving. I know that our family seems big to many, but to us, it seems just right. We are growing and learning together how to live for the LORD's glory. Isn't it a lot of work? Yes and No would be my answer. On one hand, we do work hard, however, the "work" is good work as we learn to love and serve each other. On the other hand, no it isn't harder because work is so much easier and so much more enjoyable when you have others with you.
And the older children learn the joys of guiding little feet that are following them. Those little feet need not walk alone now. Those little hands are never empty now. Those little heart's never have to face the future alone again. Fears, dreams, hopes, and thoughts are shared and respected in their daily lives.
Yes, there is the reality of screaming and arguing. Even now, two of them are sitting in a quiet time beside me. And what are they learning...that we respect each other and Mommy. So, I look at the above picture in all of it's romantic-ness...
and I know that it is worth it.
They have each other. They have a family. And that is one precious gift!!!