See Ollie in my chair and Caed reaching for the bag of pretzels? Haha.
I love these boys. They have all of our best qualities and a few of our less-desirable ones. My 2 favorites? They're compassionate and protective. This morning I whacked my knee on the side of our metal bed frame. Hard. Like huge scratch that hurt when fabric touched it. Oliver came in while I was getting ready and the first thing he saw was the bandaid on my knee. "Mommy, why yous got dat boo-boo?" me: "oh, I hit my knee on the bed". Ollie proceeds to bend over and kiss it.
About ten minutes later, Caed comes in. What's the first thing he notices? Yep, the bandaid. "whoa, what happened to your leg mom?" me: "I hit it on the bed this morning. It's okay though". As if he doesn't believe me, Caed comes over, bends down and carefully inspects it. "Does it hurt?" me:"eh, a little bit." Caed: "but yur okay to walk?". See? Compassion.
My other favorite? They're Protective. Anytime KC and I are goofing off and teasing each other, all I have to do is yell to the boys that daddy is being mean to me. Caedmon yells at KC to be nice to me and Oliver yells "Hulk smash!" and attacks, soon after followed by Caedmon. KC doesn't stand a chance. ;)
Yeah the boys are ornery and they seem to find themselves in timeout or asked to change their feelings more often than not. But they're 3 and almost 5 and are already displaying amazing traits. It's our job as their parents to nurture that. Because, while compassion and protectiveness are admirable traits, the enemy would love to twist those and use them for his benefit.
Parenting isn't easy. KC and I are constantly trying to figure out a balance to all this. With Gods help, our kids will grow up to do amazing things in His name. And with His help, we won't screw them up too bad. ;-)
I know this wasn't "adoption related", but I wanted to give you guys a little break. Haha.