The question asked.
“Are they all yours?”
We were in line waiting to use the restroom.
My smile and head nod, not enough of an answer for her.
“Were you trying for a boy?”
Thankful the stall door opened and my “no” could end the conversation.
The truth is the story of our family cannot be shared in three second sound bites.
The girls know that. They don’t discuss details with curious strangers.
If asked they tell of their five sisters.
Yes there are six of them, no twins.
They often throw in a line about how the dog is a girl too.
It doesn’t matter they didn’t all come from one womb. They are woven together.
In those brief interactions with others, I struggle with the desire to summerize all that is our family.
Yet, these fierce, loyal, loving young ladies have come to understand what is taking their Momma year’s to accept -nothing needs explained.
Next time maybe I need not wish the inquiry away.
Joy in the knowledge that my daughters know what family is.
I wish you were reading this on your birthday!
With the busyness of April and May, the days slipped away and almost a full month later you finally get to read my birthday mushiness. I’m sorry for the lateness kiddo. I promise I will do better next year.
You’re simply the best bonus daughter a step-momma could ask for.
Loving, kind, patient, hardworking, dedicated, funny and pretty darn smart.
Being a part of this loud, opinionated family can certainly challenge one’s patience yet your approach is always level-headed.
The back and forth between homes with it’s changing rules and shifting boundries could be a struggle for anyone and you navigate it all with an unending reserve of grace.
Your ability to embrace my extended family has left me teary eyed.
I am easily filled with hope for our tribe of eight when you are around.
Thank you Sydney Rae for allowing me to play a small role in your life.
I’m always here should you need a Starbucks run or a dance party in the kitchen.
Happiest of birthday’s my love!
This may just be the most perfect birthday song ever. I hope you get what I am saying with this pick.