Sometimes I watch these kids run through this house…

…just by us and around us and, occasionally, into us, and I realize how much they are a little family unto themselves, with their own structure and rules, and Brad and I are here almost solely to make sure that, beyond providing the basic necessities, they never teeter too far from center.

That they have some guiding principles. That they know we love them, that we’re here. That they take care of each other.

That’s it really.

And when I think of it that way, it’s amazing that, most days, we make something so fundamentally simple so darn complicated in our minds…

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