It is the night of the great abuelita switch, the kids went to sleep with one grandma & will wake up with a new one!
It was also the second day of lice-capades. We had a late morning with a great breakfast & then Tyler took all of the boys to the park & the girls stayed at the house for another treatment. Then 2hrs later we switched. Heads are looking clean & Papi worked his butt off entertaining the kids at the park. All in all it was good & efficient day, we took time to love on the kids, teach a few lessons & they did great letting Mami clean their hair again, very little crying compared to yesterday.
My mom is headed home & I am having a hard time with it. Last week when she arrived I felt like I did the first day after kindergarten: it had been a hard day, full schedule, no nap, crummy snack & I was ready to head home. Here in Bogota I constantly feel the intensity of having zero control of my situation & luckily I have a sweet mom who told me, “you have 5 kids, you´ll never have control again but these are your children & the road you have chosen and it is the right one.”
She honestly told me, “When you told me you were adopting I was not on board, I struggled daily accepting the hard road you had chosen to go down, I prayed that you would change your mind. But I was wrong, these kids are our family, you are their parents & I am defininitely their abuelita.” Tonight I found her in the kitchen crying because she had to leave her family, she is ready for them to come home & start their new lives in Texas.
Mom was there for me after my first day when I was 5 & she was there for me after my first week when I am 28. There to get everybody back to healthy, to encourage us, give advice, love these (somewhat naughty) kids unconditionally & make room for them in our family. I have loved having her here & look forward to all of the kid´s special abuelita days when we come home.
Lauren & our moms just remind me how we could not do this alone. I pray that each & everyone of you has a good support system: people who will love you unconditionally, hold you accountable, give you good Godly advice, will be there for you when it counts (even in a foreign country). God has blessed us beyond belief through family & friends. We get emails daily from home, we ready letters & notes that you wrote us before we left, we are uplifted through peole reading & commenting on the blog, we especially enjoy the “let me tell you what my kid did-stories”!
Prayer is the same, please stay steady treading these waters with us.
At the dinnermesa,