Our little family has gotten a fair amount of attention this past week. To promote the event, Raise a Glass for Gladney, a fundraiser for the adoption agency we used, we’ve told our adoption story to a wider audience.
To our surprise, a photo of Jackson and me was on the cover of Savvy Kids, a local family magazine.
It’s really strange to see us like that. We look… well, like we have our act together. And we really don’t. We are kind of the opposite of having our act together. It really is nothing short of a miracle that he gets to school every day with a lunch, wearing clean clothes. The backpack with the proper supplies is still a big crap shoot.
In fact, our fantastic friend and photographer Lizzy Yates just sent some photos over. I find it astounding that she was able to find any photos that look even halfway decent. Do you see what she was working with here?!?!
Seriously, none of us could stop telling jokes and acting foolish long enough to get us all smiling nicely in the same direction at the same time. I don’t even remember what had me laughing so hard at Charlie. But there were actual tears rolling down my face.
Even while I’m looking at all this nonsense with our wacky kid, I’m overcome with how grateful I am to have a son and husband who make me laugh… and cry… sometimes swear. I really wanted to be a mom, and I’m thankful almost every day that I got what I wished for.
I’m reminded of the old proverb: Life’s not fair. Aren’t you glad?
I don’t deserve the family I have. But I’m so very glad to have them. We’re staggeringly imperfect people, all three of us. But somehow, we work.