Through personal and complicated circumstances my niece (my brother's child) has come to live with my husband and I. She moved in on Saturday, so it hasn't been a week yet but we are getting comfortable with each other.
What I've learned since Sunday, January 19, 2013, is that your life changes with each and every breath you take. Before my niece was under my roof I was already overwhelmed and scared out of my mind. I have no children...I have helped raise my nephew, but this child was a stranger to me. I had no point of reference. I didn't know her personality or anything about her. Hell, I didn't even know her birthday but here she was, coming to live in my house and change my husband and I into parents.
I cried and I prayed, more than I've ever prayed before. I've made list and schedules, talked to lawyers, counselors, tutors, and conferred with my mom and sister more than ever. I had to grow from a selfish 33 year old woman into a selfless, nurturing and mothering woman in a manner of days.
Life happens and it makes you grow the hell up!