One of my favorite things about having teens and little kids in our family is watching their interactions with each other.
On a daily basis they deal with the usual conflicts that come from living in a house with eight people: frustration, quarrels, invasion and lack of personal space, misunderstandings, and petty annoyances. Thankfully, they are able to resolve their differences pretty quickly, and life moves on. (Patience, long-suffering, and a gracious tone of voice are main topics of discussion in our home. Parents included!)
I think it is because they live real life with one another, all day, every day, constantly working out their differences in every area (personality, habits, strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes), that the moments of harmony and mutual delight are all the sweeter.
Micah, Luke, Caleb, Josiah, Isaiah, and Ellie share many things in common, but they also exhibit vast differences in personality. Their diverse character qualities and personalities can either draw them tightly together, or repel them from one another. It just depends on the day! My favorite days? When they are unified in purpose. Gleaning in a field, serving our Orphan Care families, cleaning the house for guests, laughing with Tim Hawkins, celebrating a birthday, or playing flag football in the backyard ... these are the memories I store up in my heart ... because they are wonderful!
My prayer is that our children will one day come to understand and fully embrace the beauty of our family, with all of it's challenges and imperfections, and give glory to God for intentionally choosing each one of them as an Eastman and providing them a training ground for life,
right here in the four walls of our house.
Thank You, Father, for the gift of family.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above ... James 1:17