Oh, how I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween. :) 10 years ago today, I met my 3 oldest children and took them home with me. I remember getting a call at work, where I was appropriately dressed like a hippie, and having no clue how my life was about to change. The woman on the phone asked if we would like to foster 2 sisters ages 2 and 4. Of course we did! These would be our first (and only) set of foster kids and we were sooooo excited. So, we hurried to get off work and go pick up the little girls. When we walked in, we saw them waiting for us, tiny and nervous. As we're talking to them, a man walks up with a precious little baby boy - 8 months old. Who knew the girls had a brother??!! They asked us if we'd be willing to take him as well and we were just floored....what an adorable little family!! So, we left the office - on a perfect Halloween - with 3 beautiful children. Somehow that night we managed to eat dinner, trick or treat, get the kids some clothes, and buy the baby a crib, some formula, and some diapers. Crash course parenting at its best. :)
So, this is why I love love love Halloween. My 3 oldest were not born to me, they are gifts. They are brilliant and beautiful and they embody hope. They have not only overcome the harsh circumstances they were born into - they have moved past them into a life and a future no one could have foreseen. Life is all possibility, all dreams, all adventures for them.
Not long after getting the news that I was going to be able to adopt my babies, I had my princess. I now have 4 beautiful children total and they are the most wonderful little people on the planet. Having been a teenager who swore I would never have kids, I have to admit, parenting is a blast! My kids are hilarious and our lives together are so fun I can't even describe it. It's like being surrounded by the coolest, funnest people you've ever met - every single day. I LOVE IT. God has blessed me immeasurably. So, for us, today - it's Happy Halloween and Happy Anniversary! Can't wait to take them trick or treating tonight!
So, here is a pic taken a few days ago of me with the munchkins. :) Charles was still at work so he's not in it. :( But still - it's cute, right?! Oh, and ignore what my Princess is wearing - she had a play that night where she had to dress old fashioned. lol. P.S. Wow - I am so so short. ha ha ha