Our profile often shows us in the best light. That is, when we're hanging out being happy, on vacation, or visiting friends and relatives. But we'll be the first to admit that family life is not all sunshine and rainbows. Families aren't designed to be happy all the time. They're designed to be a supportive environment for everyone involved ... during the great times, and the not so great times.
Are there meltdowns? Absolutely. (And not just from our 5-year-old.) Are there frustrating moments? You bet. But those times are always eclipsed by the wonderful times. Like yesterday, when we picked up Tempe early from school and went to the pool. Or when we made the Wonder Woman movie a family event. But there will always be challenges in life - and we're there to face those challenges together.
One of our current challenges is the transition from preschool to kindergarten. Tempe has been with some of her classmates since she was 6 months old. The group of girls in her class are like sisters to one another. So it's really hard for her to see them move on to different schools. It's been many a recent morning that she's cried while eating her cereal because one of her friends has moved on. And in those times, we stick together more than we ever have. We talk about all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for - and most of all, we talk about family and how it will never go away, no matter what the challenge.
So it is always sunshine and rainbows? Of course not. But for a large percent of the time, it is.