If I could choose the composition of my family, I'd have two sons and two daughters. I got half that--the two sons, for whom I'm very grateful and will never take for granted. I've given it a lot of thought over the years and I think one of the simplest, easiest, and most cost-effective ways to have kids is to have two children of the same gender, particularly the male gender. In that respect, we lucked out!
But if only I could get those two daughters (or even just one!). They do not appear to be forthcoming, however, and we just have to trust in God's plan for our family. But when we get together with Peter's brother's family, I sometimes feel like my two daughters have arrived! Paul and Jean have my ideal family of two boys and two girls, all of them blond and blue-eyed like my boys, and we have a lot of fun with them. John and Sam especially love hanging out with their cousins.
But back to my two would-be daughters who are actually just my nieces who I'm not even related to by blood and I know this post is going to make me sound like a would-be crazy kidnapper of an aunt but I promise I'm not--
don't they look like they could be part of our family!?
Lizzie and Naomi are even the right ages where they could be Sam's older and younger sisters.
I love this picture I took of the two girls at the beach.
And not to neglect the boys, here they are too!
Timmy, John, Andrew, and Sam could all be brothers! Two pairs of them are.
Boys being boys.
This is the only picture I was able to get last summer with all six kids in it!
We were at one of our favorite ice cream places.
Cousins are so much fun!
And so are cute nieces who I can pretend are my long-lost missing daughters! :-)