Something about having a new baby in the house just makes the weeks seem to fly by a little faster. How is it November already! The trees by our house are turning my absolute favorite shade of autumn red and we are slowly slipping into more of a routine with our new family of eight. I have to admit, I took the easy route and had all the kids wear their skeleton pajamas for Halloween this year, but I'm starting to think multi-purpose is kinda the way to go. They might actually still be wearing their skeleton pajamas at Christmas. ha
This month has felt really crazy, not just with us adjusting to our new rhythm with six kids, but so much going on in our country, in the world. The world can be a scary place and sometimes things can get really crazy and negative. It's especially heartbreaking when you have kids because you don't want to shelter them, but you also don't want to breed this fear or loss of hope in them. I try really hard to include our kids in whatever is going on in the world and find age-appropriate ways to explain different circumstances or events. I probably share more than the average parent with them, but I think it's really important for them to know there is good and evil in the world and to know that we can always strive for good. We need to stand up for what we believe is right, but also be compassionate. There are so many things that can divide us but in the end, we all have the same basic human needs. I want my kids to remember that at the heart of every situation. I read this quote recently and it really summed up what I hope I'm instilling in them. Because I think one of the greatest things we can do for this world is bring good people into it! Here are a few pics from life these days.
"Goodness is about character - honesty, integrity, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. But more than anything else, it is about how we treat other people." - Dennis Prager