Thankful… for the teenagers and the toddler

#1 always manages to get Kate to pose for her. They spent a carefree evening at the playground together.

“If I can’t see you, you can’t see me too!”

Hide & seek

Learning to pout?

Or pretending to be sad…

That’s more like our Kate.

This precocious child became a part of our large family a short 3 years ago, but it’s hard to imagine life without her.

When they are young and needy, we can’t wait to have our peace and wish they would play alone instead of bugging us all the time.

All too soon, they morph into sullen teenagers and want their space. The tables are turned and now it’s us trying to inch our way into their lives.

How ironic.

The strangest thing is, we never see the transition coming.

My eldest & my youngest

I’m glad that I have the teenagers to remind me how precious everything about Kate is, and how fleeting the moments are.

Yes, even when she whines and throws tantrums. Even when she keeps pushing the boundaries and drives me mad.

And I’m thankful to have Kate to bring out the best in the older kids, in nurturing and caring for her.

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has” – Epictetus

Thankful… for the hub’s cooking

Thankful… for our helper
Thankful… for my family
Thankful… for my mum-in-law
~ – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~