My writing has had to change over these summer months with all that has happened. Daughter number 4 had an appendectomy, daughter number two had an appendectomy and now daughter #1 is in the hospital at 24 weeks gestation, due to losing the amniotic fluid. So far things look pretty good. Baby is healthy and active. She is at one of the worlds newest and best hospitals considering all that’s at risk. Life on the farm has been very active but not with animals! The active bodies that run around these days are two legged, noise makers with dirt on them rather than four legged! But they are mine and I love them. Not all of them are toddlers. They range from 10 months to 13 years old, but yes the majority are toddlers. We have a 10 mo., 2 yrs., 3 yrs., 3 yrs., 4yrs., 6 yrs., 7 yrs., 8 yrs., 12 yrs. and 13 yrs. Today I took the four that are staying with us while Mom is in the hospital and we bought some new chicks. I had not heard of the Jersey Blacks but the gal at the store told me that they were good layers so we got six. When we got them home and settled I looked them up. She didn’t tell me that they were Black Giant Jerseys! But they are a layer and meat chicken cross so who knows; maybe we will go back and get more! The girls are really excited because who can resist a baby chic. They had them named before we ever left the store!
Its as though we have gone back in time. To have four sisters back in the house that we are responsible for is very special. No one wants them to have to be away from Mom and Dad (four hours away) but if they are going to be separated for any amount of time, I want them to be with me. It may sound selfish but that isn’t my heart. I have an almost possessive feeling in me toward any of our grandchildren. It’s as if they are our flesh and blood just like those I birthed. I guess in many ways they are ours except I didn’t have to birth them and I am not responsible for them under normal circumstances. My heart goes into protective mode; I want to protect their feelings and emotions with all that’s going on while at the same time be open and honest about what is happening. They have a long road ahead of them but it doesn’t have to be bad. I want it to be a learning experience in a way that they will come through it with lots of good memories. God has been so good to take care of everything thus far and I have no doubt that he will continue to take care of all of us along the way. In the mean time, I get to work with these girls, laugh, play, teach, encourage, correct, guide protect and love on them in a way that is a special opportunity that doesn’t come along every day.
While we just stay focused on the day in front of us we anxiously await the new little one that daughter number 2 is ready to birth any day now. She was just told this morning that she probably won’t go past the weekend so these are exciting days. There will be much to write about in the next few days I am sure. I just hope I can take the time.
The Hollyhocks are just in front of me each morning, looking out the window of my porch as I write. What a beautiful flower.
I hope to be back soon