Then the children seemed to come to us, by God, in threes. Children all close together in age. As the next three were, William, Faith Anne and Antonio. For two weeks every year William and Faith Anne were actually the same age. Antonio is 17 months older than William. If Faith Anne was alive today, those three would be: Faith Anne (17), William (18) and Antonio (19) right now! Faith Anne passed away, and in the mist of the terrible grief, several months later, Antonio came to live with us. Sadly, Antonio never got to meet her and spend time with her.
Then came the three youngest. One right after the other, Carolyn, then Zeke and Elizabeth. Those three little ones were intense in medical needs and behaviors. They all kept me very busy.
We always called them "The Littles" and when calling them in from playing, we called, "Littles" and they all would look up and come running.
They were never lonely and as they grew had more and more in common. They all played well together.
My three sweet babies.
I enjoyed them so much and thought that they would be my last "group" of children to raise.
Even though they grew and grew, I guess I was in denial...I always looked at them as "My Littles". My babies.
They always do everything together.
Even get into trouble together.
They do everything together intensely from playing to fighting but they stick together like glue and stand up for each other fiercely.
Sweet, silly, Littles.
The Littles were always about the same height for years. What blessings!
Such happy times and sweet memories.
My dear ever growing Littles.
But now, since getting the toddlers and a baby. I can see my Littles are no longer my Littles.
Thank you God for all the children you have greatly blessed us with. For the pleasure and honor of entrusting us with raising and enjoying them. For my grown adult son. For my two young men that love you so much. For my dear sweet daughter already with You. For my wonderful middles, that always keep me on my toes and for my precious new foster Littles, that have filled my life to overflowing!
Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
2 Samuel 22:50 Therefore I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises to your name.
Deuteronomy 10:21 He is your praise, and he is your God, that has done for you these great and terrible things, which your eyes have seen.