I am in that middle world where half my life is unbloggable, out of respect for the people it involves, and the people who read. I didn't mean to disappear for almost a month, but didn't have the words to say the highly edited version of what I would like to talk about. This quandary of a family blog, combined with an adoption blog, combined with a parenting blog, combined with a special needs blog, combined with facebook make blogging a more complicated issue.
So instead, here is our month in pictures.
We posed for family pictures in a 5 minute photo shoot that actually turned out great. Six kids ALL looking at the camera and none miserable. Hooray for small miracles. This was our Christmas Card picture this year.
We cuddled and played and otherwise had many fun times. What we didn't have is any contact, visits, cards, letters or gifts from any members of our kids families of birth. Another post on that coming.
We shopped and wrapped and ended up with some very, very happy kids on Christmas Morning.
We worked hard on making some Christmas memories.
And in the end I think I succeeded.
It has been a hard month and I am exhausted in many ways, and so grateful in many ways. We had a precious Christmas with my father and family. A Christmas we were told two years ago would never happen. And yet, the beast that is Cancer hovers over every memory. Chemo, surgery, hope, fear, death, pain are the giant pink elephants in the corner of every photograph. My boys are on the brink of adulthood, but still children too, facing adult choices, while we try to preserve the last moments of their childhood, and our sanity.
This journey that is life is not easy. I have many more grey hairs than I did even three months ago. And I am Blessed.