Blending families isn't easy. There are always obstacles, speed bumps, steps backward. I've learned to be patient and keep my expectations reasonable.
But there are those moments that make my heart sing.
KlutzGirl curling up on the couch with me to watch TV, letting me stroke her long blond hair and give her a cuddle.
The Padawan making a sly joke about me that sets us all laughing.
The Dark One letting me hug her--and kind of hugging me back.
DramaBoy running across the room to hug MTL exuberantly after days at his dad's place.
The Widget giggling uncontrollably as MTL tickles him and they rough house on the couch.
Sitting around the dining room table, all of us, eating dinner and laughing. Together. A family.