Being that it was Sibling Day, the timing for this post is perfect. And one I have been wanting to write since last week.
Recently, I had an interview with our licensing worker for foster care. The questions mainly had to do with my upbringing and home life as a kid. Although, not perfect by any means, I had such pride in my family and where I come from after we were done. Our worker was in awe over a lot of the things I told her. I find myself a little embarrassed it took a totally unbiased person to help me see the awesome upbringing I had.
I've always loved having a big family. Coming from a home that was filled with love, chaos, constant noise, fun, etc. My family is so giving, loving, pro-children, hardworking, strong, non-judgmental, kind-hearted, accepting and inclusive of all walks of life. Coming from a large family I have desired such for my own children. And I cannot wait to walk out the foster care process and eventually adopt children. Coming from a blended family is amazing and opens your heart to love and acceptance beyond anything else.
I couldn't imagine not having my 7 siblings! And yes, they are my REAL siblings. And No there are not steps or halves, we are all siblings. Brothers & Sisters.
So, we're going to start down the line.
This is my big brother Mike.
Mike is a hilarious, sarcastic, hard working, extremely intelligent man, with a very big heart he pretends is more like the grinch or scrooge, but that is all a front.
This is our entire family in the 80's. I was in 3rd grade when we got this taken in the WI Dells during a vacation. This is all of us minus my youngest brother who wasn't born yet.
This is Maria. Maria is as sweet as they come. Gentle, kind hearted. A wonderful, godly, faithful wife & mother.
This is David. He is really a big kid at heart. He loves the outdoors. He also has a huge heart. He is very sensitive, a big teddy bear, very funny, and one of the most forgiving people I have ever known. And very handsome!!
This is Jenny. She is Superwoman. Seriously. 9 kids. Beat cancer. All while going through nursing school and working her butt off. She is such an amazing mom.
This is Stephanie. She is a wonderful mother. Very giving & big hearted to those in need. A great baker!!!
And I would be next as #6 of 8 kids...
This is Anne. A very kind hearted person, good to everyone, accepting of others, & friendly to all.
This is my baby brother Andy. He is a walking miracle. He is very witty and funny. Nice to everyone.
The 80's were so awesome!
My handsome big brothers and Anne sneaking in.
My sisters!!! The BEST sisters in the world.
An incomplete 7 of us. Missing David...
Anne & me I was about 2 1/2 and she was under one.
Our amazing miracle Andy shortly after waking from his coma. Touched by God. Saved through prayers from literally all over the world.
I really really love my siblings.
All of my siblings are just flat out nice people. Our parents instilled that kindness in us.
This is all of us in 2006 at my Dad's 70th birthday party. My older brothers came into town to surprise him. It was so awesome!
5 of us with my Mom