Over the entire life of this blog, two other families have figured prominently on it... the P. family and the H-S family. All three families have more than the usual number of children, we all have some biological and some adopted children, and we all homeschool. We have watched each other's children when the others of us have been out of the country adopting. We have spent holidays and regular days together. If you look at any one of our family's photos, the children of the other two families figure prominently in them. Our children have grown up together and sometimes joke about the actual size of their family.
And in ten days, the H-S family packs up and moves to the west coast, which was originally home for them. We all knew this was coming, but it always seemed so far off. One of the future events that you can't quite imagine happening. And now it is upon us and and none of us can still quite fathom that it is happening.
There are no words.
Tonight, we will all get together for what could very well be our last dinner with just our families.
There are no words.
Instead, why don't I play the goofy flashback music like they do on TV shows and share some of our past history. As you can see from the probably incomplete list, we have a lot of history between our three families. And this is the stuff I wrote about... it doesn't include the everyday type stuff that never makes it to the blog. Even if you don't read every word, it's kind of fun to click through if only to see the children grow up.
Happy Birthday, P.!
The Battle of Antietam
That will be a table for 25 please
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
Painting at the Zoo
Tet Trung Thu
Off the church camp
December outing.. or doing some large family myth bashing
Day 15 (part 2): I have the best friends in the world
Camping, large family style
An afternoon at the zoo
Lots of pictures - part 1 - egg dying
More large family joy
Mid-Autumn Moon Festival - a day late
Apple picking 2014
Sing with your children - part 2
Just your typical American-Chinese-Vietnamese Celebration
Artist Trading Card Party
Old World Wisconsin
All together again -- or I need a camera with wide angle lens
First day of school
I picked 8 apples today
Stay with your chaperones
I've tagges this post as 'family life' and 'large families', but at the rate I'm going this year, I should really add another tag... 'grief'.