Fresh Princess of BR

Remember the TV show The Fresh Prince of Belaire? It stared Will Smith as a teenage boy who went to live with his Auntie and Uncle in Belaire California? Well My niece Megan is our Fresh Princess of BR (Baton Rouge) because she has come to live with us for the school year.

What started out as a 4 day visit for Evangeline's birthday party, has turned into Ten months! And we all could not be happier. Almost every Summer since she was little she has come to stay with us so when she said she wanted to stay for school, I asked Dean and he didn't even hesitate to say yes. Her mom gave her blessing and here we are.

Sometime I think "OK, you should be freaking out, worrying about ANOTHER TEENAGER in your house, a 14 year old, another kid doing homework, eating, talking, eating, talking.. living in your home. This should be a big deal! Freak out girl!" but you know what, it isn't a big deal. We ALL feel completely at peace with it.

Yea, crazy how God works..but I like it.


Unknown said…
That is great that you are all delighted and at peace with your neice being there.

Over the years, I too have taken in several neices and nephews and children of best friends. For the most part, they were all good experiences.

At the beginning of summer, my sister-in-law called my husband to ask about us taking in her 16 year old daughter, as she was getting out of control and she didn't know what to do with her anymore. She was having to go to court for truancy and was afraid she would be going to jail.

I was somewhat hesitant with the idea, and my neice really didn't want to come stay with us. She knew the rules would change and she would not be allowed to continue doing some of the things she was doing.

We had her over a few times for weekends and had nothing but problems each time.

I have a 14 year old daughter to consider and after much prayer, I finally told my husband that I didn't think it would be a good idea to let his neice come to stay, unless he was willing to quit his offshore job and get a job where he could be home every night to help me.

Of course he wasn't willing to do that, so he told his sister we couldn't take his neice in. So now they have a hard time talking to me, as though it is my fault that they have an uncontrollable teenager on their hands.

Not to mention, I am raising my 11 year old stepson and my 4 year old grandaughter in addition to my other 4 children who still live at home.

Last I heard his sister was court-ordered to take parenting classes. They are already in counseling with their youngest daughter, who by the way, they adopted.

I pray for my poor sister-in-law everyday because I know her plate is full.

I think it is wonderful when families can spend long extended periods of time with other families. It gives each the opportunity to add to others lives. But at the same time, you have to know when things might tend to get worse or create new problems.

Best wishes to you and your family.
HerstoryGirl said…
We LOVE Megan & we're so excited that she's here to stay for awhile. Gotta get these girls together SOON!
Anonymous said…
What a lovely picture of the four. And what a lovely thing to have her join you. We had cousins live with us throughout our growing up and I just loved it-- they did, too- and those bonds and memories are so special. Enjoy!

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