Actually, I think I might be raising 2 of them!
Chelsea has hit the 'tween-age' years first. What an adjustment! For the whole family - though I don't think Justin really notices. Chelsea's anxious to become a teen. Craig's is fighting it every step of the way. Me? I'm just there. Some days I can accept it and then there are days where I'm in denial. There's no way that I could be mothering a child who will turn 11 this year!
My precious angel, Chelsea. Someday she will fully understand the amazing miracles that God worked through her arrival. She helped reunite a family. We are all quietly thankful for that blessing.
Chelsea is ALL girl! Pink & purple, frilly & lacy, cheering & dresses. Where did I go wrong? (Just teasing - I love her to pieces, she's just the total opposite of me). While I was a tomboy, who refused to wear a white shirt between the ages of 13 - 18 out of fear that the boys would know I was wearing a bra (I wouldn't be one of the guys anymore), Chelsea embraces her girl-ness.
Friends are a BIG thing right now. I kind of forgot the drama that girl friendships bring. YIKES! Were we REALLY like this? I'm faithful that she will come into her own, find a group of friends who have the same values as we do. I'm not foolish to think that she'll never get into trouble - but a mom can hope, right? We've got some drama right now, but we'll get through it.
Chelsea is a beautiful & precious gift from God. It's been an interesting 'ride' so far - I wonder what else is in store for us!