All five of our teenagers (and if you think five is a lot, wait for March of 2018, when we will have NINE!) have wonderful friends. It's fun to have them over at our house. It's fun to see our kids growing up and enjoying so many teenage activities: dances, movies with friends, basketball on the sport court until late, just hanging out, giggling girls up in the loft. This is a good time of life for Christi and me.
Now, they're not perfect, and it's not perfectly easy being a parent to teens. They are definitely wanting (and needing) more and more freedom to make their own choices. They sometimes push back when they disagree with our policies or choices for them. But it is fun to see them growing in their ability to analyze the pros and cons of different situations and then make informed decisions. Sometimes they make great decisions. Sometimes they provide themselves their own learning opportunities. But it is fun to watch them grow and prepare to become adults.
It's also kind of terrifying. Graci graduates from high school next year. initiating a mass exodus from our home. Eight kids will graduate in eight years. Wow! So we're trying to take things a day at a time. We try to savor as many of the small moments as possible. All too soon they will be gone and our home will only be full for family reunions. But for now, it's very full, and very fun!
|Apples to Apples has a LOT of cards!!!|
|Sophi figured she could share the snacks:)|