I've had a hard time with names every since I started this blog. Even coming up with a blog name was hard...and I've still never been totally satisfied with the name "Helping Little Hands," but it's what I went with...and I'll continue to use it unless I suddenly come up with something brilliant.
I also hesitated to use our kids' real names for privacy. Originally I didn't even post pictures with their faces, but gradually I've loosened up. I've had a hard time coming up with good name alternatives though...especially for child #2 who started out being called "Boy" because that's what he called himself. Then I moved to Little Brother. Somehow Little Brother doesn't seem so appropriate now, though, since he is a little brother to only one family member and a big brother to two.
Anyway, instead of inventing another pseudonym for our new baby, I talked to Hubby and we've decided to just go ahead and use the kids' real names. After all, their names show up all the time in pictures of projects I've made for them, so regular readers know all their names anyway..but I've really struggled to come up with a good alternative
So with the birth of child #4, and after talking with my husband, we've decided to just go ahead and use our real names on the blog.
So from youngest to oldest...
This is Becca (aka Sweet Pea)
Introducing Seth (formerly known as Little Brother)
And finally Katie (also known as Firecracker)...
Katie is our oldest and first adopted child. She's a great example to her younger brothers and sister. She loves to be independent. She's an awesome reader, and even though she says she doesn't like to read, she's been known to read whole chapter books in bed with a flashlight in a single evening. The newest talent she's cultivating is learning to cook and follow recipes. This works best if she's in the kitchen and I'm nearby, but not right next to her...that way she is free to learn and make mistakes without me freaking out about the mess. :) Katie is super social and loves to play with friends, and she's tried out almost every sport available to kindergarten and first graders. She's super loving and thoughtful, especially with her siblings. Besides loving having Anson come to our family, she was super excited to get a new sister this month too when her birth mom gave birth to a baby girl. (We haven't met her sister yet, but Katie gets excited every time she sees a new picture.) This is Katie with the shamrock cookies she made with Grandma yesterday, and as you can see...she's recently lost a top front tooth, giving her a super cute toothless grin.
And of course there is me.
My name shows up all over...but there really aren't many pictures of me on the old blog. Mostly because I'm usually the one behind the camera. This is me right before changing into my hospital gown for my c-section to have Anson.
And the oldest in our family is my husband Eric.