It must be true that absence makes the heart grow fonder! When Mark left for college he was thrilled to have a much needed break from his special sisters. You see he worked for me all summer as a "manny" - male nanny! Even when he didn't work for me and was just in the house the girls just couldn't leave him alone. They were all over him!
I know it didn't take him long to start really missing them. They feel the same way about him- they love their big brother Mark! The girls love all their brothers but this one has been gone for 9 weeks- so right now he is pretty special!
When we adopted we never intended our older children to feel like they had to help us. adopting was our choice, our desire and our dream... not theirs. What has been so wonderful to see is that the older children just naturally and joyfully help and encourage the younger kids. I just love that about big families! It is such a joy to see them interact!