Well it's been almost a month since L first spent the weekend with us. He has spent every weekend since then with us as well.
Waiting for the school year to finish has been tough on all of us but the good news is...
L is coming home to stay this Friday, May 16, 2014!!
We are all so excited.
Zach and Sean have really enjoyed their time getting to know L. He is older, bigger and stronger than they are so things can get rough pretty quick but they don't seem to slow down.
It has been really good for them to have a big brother. That's not something we had initially considered but it has turned into such a blessing.
We are very much looking forward to not having to take him back every Sunday. It has been a real bummer. As the time approached each Sunday afternoon, L got a little quieter and withdrawn.
He told us this week that it was okay - this was the last time and he could get through it!
It is going to be quite a change when the temporary nature of our relationship suddenly becomes permanent. Tolerance that the boys have for each other because they know there will be a break will most likely dissipate and bickering begin.
But, that's what a family does.
This summer L is going to work out with the football team and wants to play in the fall. Sean will start cross-country practice and training (this week) and will be continuing that throughout the summer. Zach will have band camp in July and has already started running regularly (he can run two miles non-stop - if he wants to) to get him in better shape for marching band in the fall. And on top of all that, all three will have activities with the church throughout the summer. It's going to be a very busy couple of months!
But, that's what family does.
If L makes the football team, we will have football games on Mondays and Fridays and Cross Country meets on Saturdays. Mike lamented that there won't be hardly any down time.
And Kerri pointed out, that's what family does.
That's what it comes down to. We are expanding our family. God made us that family and we will do everything we can to treasure every moment, to explore every opportunity, and participate in as many things we can to bond as one.
A family that plays together is a strong one. It won't be easy but something of value rarely is. God has guided us to this point and we know he will continue to do so.
Pray for all of us. We need it!