Picture This

20 Sep


Some days, they drive me completely nuts. At each other’s throats so much on the way to the church that before we can even get inside, they’re throwing things at each other in the back seat and kicking and glaring and generally behaving so barbaric that I can’t even bring myself to bring them into the building.

Some days, they make me laugh, teaming up to create an anti-smoking video for school that somehow needs to involve a talking dog. Dressing the dismayed dog in doll clothes, so amused at themselves that they keep busting into each other’s rooms after bedtime announcing one more idea.

Some days, those days are the same day. They’re just typical siblings.

Except that some days, my daughter asks if we have pictures of her brother’s adoption day. And I remember that they’re not typical at all, but incredible children, both of them. The girl who willingly gave up her only child status after 10 years. The boy who dared to let himself trust a new family after so many disappointments.

I don’t write much about him. I am protective, worried that his biological family will somehow stumble across this site. This picture may not stay up even now. 

But tonight, as a brother and sister go to bed giggling and planning, I can’t help but share how blessed we are.

13 Responses to “Picture This”

  1. queenofhaddock September 20, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

    They are beautiful. You’re lucky, but so are they.

  2. Ron September 21, 2009 at 1:24 am #

    Very cool

  3. That One Mom September 21, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    It’s amazing how they can go from mortal enemies to best friends in a matter of seconds!

  4. Elle September 21, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    I love those two kids, even though I’ve never met them. And I’d protect them as if they were my own.

    Isn’t it funny how they can go from hate to amazing love in 5 minutes?

  5. Ed Harvey September 21, 2009 at 8:07 am #


  6. ingrid September 21, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    Oh, boy I know exactly what you mean about the bickering and fighting!

    They are fine pair and when you see them like that so sweet looking it’s easy to forget the times when they’re not so sweet. 🙂

  7. RuthWells September 21, 2009 at 9:35 am #


  8. Shelley September 21, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    A smile on my face … a tear in my eye … a lump in my throat … and all because of counting your blessings.

  9. feefifoto September 21, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    My kids bicker all the time too; I think it’s in their contract. But whenever there’s a storm my son fetches flashlights and sits right next to his sister so he can comfort her if the power goes out.

  10. Bea September 21, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    You have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing them.

  11. Aunt Becky September 21, 2009 at 2:38 pm #


  12. judymom September 21, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    Heaven-sent. My angel(?)grands. they have the power to melt me in 2 quick heartbeats.

  13. Cyndi September 21, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    Dawn, I don’t know how you do it…..but it seems like everything you write goes straight from your heart into mine. Thank you for sharing yet another piece of yourself.

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