Friday, 04 May 2012
Wow. This has been a crazy spring break for us. The past two weeks, we have hit the beach with family, my sister was in town, we visited the in laws, several cookouts, fishing, a few birthdays, Autism 5K, a trip to DC to help our friends move & to visit my brother's family, a baby shower, and a going away party.
It's super wonderful to have such a large family. For the most part we are rather close, but at times it can be rather daunting. My family is more of a clan, per say. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love them all.
Socially my kids... they have a hard time. I really believe having such a large family has helped them out in so many ways. Despite every event brings about 2-3 days of melt downs. I suppose, one could argue, that the chaos that is my family, isn't worth the trouble. I can't deny that sometimes, it does feel this way. I wouldn't change it for the world. The boys have 5 uncles,4 aunts, about 17 cousins, grand parents, and great grand parents; that they see on a regular bases. It's like having extra moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and built-in-best-friends. All who have taught my boys how to: get along in this world, compassion, honesty, strength, pride, and courage. It is rough enough raising two boys with Aspergers. I can't even begin to imagine raising them without my wonderful clan. My boys are so very fortunate, as are the rest of my nieces and nephews. While we may differ in a lot of ways, the very core of us all, is the same. I couldn't have dreamt of a better family, even if I tried.