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Joyful chaos

Satchmo was born eight years ago today, two weeks before Christmas and the same day my husband finally received the long-awaited transfer from Virginia to Texas. It was a chaotic time, to say the least: new baby, selling our house, and moving across the country. Symbolic of this chaos: he was born (via c-section) peeing on the doctor and the nurses. It was exciting!

The fourth kid in a homeschooling family has to put up with a lot of chaos. A kid born around Christmas has to get used to a lot of making due with whatever mom can throw together in a really busy season. You’re either gonna wind up with a child who’s laid back and happy-go-lucky or perpetually disappointed. Fortunately for him and us, he’s the former.

This morning he came into my room, and we cuddled and listened to the rain. Yesterday, we had a low-key outing with a couple of homeschool families at Jump Street followed by ice cream. Tonight, we’ll have burgers and cake and watch Newsies. His choice. Frankly, that’s about the extent of what I can handle this year, but his heartfelt gratitude and joy make me feel not completely incompetent. Which these days is huge.

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Happy birthday, little man. Thanks for being you.

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One response to “Joyful chaos”

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    Mary Holley

    Amen to that! He is a precious gift!

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