We both had 3 biological children before adopting 3 more children. I had 1 daughter and 2 sons; she had 2 daughters and 1 son. She went on to adopt 3 boys, while I adopted 3 girls. She has a cool husband; and I have a cool husband. You get the picture.
She and her sweet family happened to be in the area to see her son graduate from boot camp; a familiar theme in our family. So, I "encouraged" her to swing by our house on her way out of town. She said she only could stay an hour to stretch their legs. Well, they ended up spending about 3 hours stretching their legs, and it was a great visit. I felt like I was meeting famous movie stars after reading about the family for so many years!
I think the little ones hit it off fairly well. Ivy served as "big sister" to all of them. The boys were very sweet and just as adorable in person as in the pictures.
Even our big boys managed a few words and played some basketball. Yes, that is a blow torch in my son's hand. They were burning brush. Nothing that a couple of young men can't handle.