Sibling relationships are so fluid. One moment they are best friends, playing and laughing together. The next moment, one storms off in a huff, spewing angry words at the other.
Since I try not to take pictures and permanently record their angry "I hate you" moments... here are a few pictures of my kids, in those tender and precious and fleeting moments when they are happy together. :-)
My 8-year-old boy and toddler girl playing together at the playground. Two matching slides... perfect, as this toddler is a copycat, wanting to do everything the older kids do.
My youngest two a few weeks ago. I so love the current ponytail/pigtail phase the toddler girl is in!
Family portraits included a few sibling groupings.
Big smiles from the middles!
And big smiles from the oldest and youngest together.
12 years separate these two.
And the youngest two again, watching Grandma R busily work in her garden.
I think a big benefit of having a larger family is the multiplicity of relationships. So many different ages and stages can be difficult to keep up with. Yet, there is always a helping hand nearby. There is always someone to play with, read to, talk to, etc. A live-in friend. I love it!
And I thank God for His plans for families!
He knew what He was doing and it is good!