There are so many benefits to having Olivia and Gabe be so close in age. If you would have asked me 10 years ago when those 2 lines appeared on the pregnancy test for Gabe, I would have called you crazy. But it’s true. Not only are Gabe and Olivia very close but they also share friends. This was one of my biggest worries initially. Would Gabe feel like he wasn’t his own person because she was always there? Would he feel comfortable having friends over? Would his friends be uncomfortable? So many questions and concerns filled my head back then. Now I know that I worried for naught. It’s wonderful that they share friends. Gabe’s friends are over all the time and not only feel comfortable, they feel like part of the family. They love Olivia like a sister and take care of her just like Gabe does. It warms a Mom’s heart, I tell you. These boys are so special and wonderful there just aren’t enough words to describe how much I love them. When a 9-year-old boy will calmly come inside and tell you “Olivia’s naked on the trampoline.” you know they are something special! (Yes, it happens. She likes to be free and hasn’t quite grasped the concept of private parts yet.)
I have story after story that I could share with you about these boys aside from the naked trampoline jumping. I could share how they let her kiss and hug them. I could share how they try to include her games they are playing. I could tell you how they come up to her at soccer games, give her high fives and make sure to say hello. Last, but not least, I could show you these pictures. Right in the middle of the entire 4th grade participating in the walk-a-thon at their school, one of Gabe’s friends danced with Olivia. He didn’t care who was watching or what anyone would think; he just grabbed her hands and danced. That is why I will always, always love these boys.