It was a steep hill, but what is an uphill climb in good company?
Olie and Lina.
They have been building a friendship.
Olie gets in Lina's space perhaps a bit too much and a bit too often;
but Lina, she is perfecting the art of whacking her sister when sister is turned the other way.
Despite these complex altercations, whenever Olie puckers her lips and puts her face near to Lina's, little sister returns the affection heart and soul every time!
I don't understand it; I certainly can't explain it; but I love it!
And I sure enjoy spying on them when they're least aware, and witnessing the steady progress of a sisterhood blossoming into more than the bond created by genetics.
A double blessing tenderly cultivated that will last a lifetime!
Then there are these two.
Clay and Sue.
They've already discovered the pleasure and benefit of sweet companionship.
They know how to climb a hill together.
They understand the delight of sharing discoveries with someone else.
They appreciate good conversation.
Once upon a time, I declared that I might have one child, I might have two, I might even have five , six, or ten, but I would prefer not to stop at three!
Because with three there is always an odd man, and that guy is usually on the outs.
It's not that I think every child needs a partner, but I know that if two are playing well together it makes a difference if that "third" child isn't the only child NOT involved.
Don't ask me why it's so, but it seems generally to be the case.
I just love the pictures posted tonight not because they're great, but because they've captured the essence of (only) two combinations in our household which inspire and delight me!
Olie and Lina are one pair and Clay and Sue another; but there are great dynamics created by every combination: Zack and Lina, Clay and Olie, Olie and Sue, Zack and Clay, Sue and Lina, and soon little Bryce will be adding another person to the mix.
Another unique personality. What will he think funny, valuable, clever...?
I bet we could have cultivated some wonderful friendships with "just" three children, but I'm so glad it wasn't the Lord's plan for us to stop there! The beauty in this chaos is too wonderful to describe.
He is certainly very creative, and far too good to us.
All glory to Him!!
3 years ago