Our life now consisted of 5 kids under 4 all in nappies, one teen and us. Everywhere we went we needed 2 double prams, we needed to get a bigger car, more furniture, more toys, more storage. There was more appointments, more assessments, more daycare fees. But there was 200% more love. And it was evident from the start we were supposed to find each other. Adoption plans got put on hold as we decided almost immediately that if we could adopt all 6 that’s what we would do. We wanted to do it all together so noone felt superior. Everyone was equal. And everybody would be equal in our family.
As the days went on needs changed, behaviours were up and down and some day to day stuff got harder. We starting pressing for answers.
Without answers how can we make our kids reach their full potential? Without answers how do we really know how to best help them succeed?
I wanted to make sure that when they start school they had all the tools for success.
Our amazing teen did so well. She was ripped out of the only life she knew and had to start at a new school in a new area. Nothing nearby was familiar. They wanted her to repeat the grade she had done. I put my foot down. This amazing, beautiful, resilient teen had been through enough. She was trying her best to make it work and I wouldn’t have them do this. She would break. So we made a deal. We would let her finish out the school year and if she doesn’t reach the grade average we will discuss it. Well in semester 2 I got a letter… we would like to invite you to our awards ceremony as you daughter has exceeded expections in 6 subjects and is receiving excellence awards.
I fought and she blossomed. It was the absolute best feeling. I knew then and there we were going to be fine!
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