Katie got to meet her godmother, Aunt Christina, this past weekend. Having a godmother is more of a Catholic tradition, and since I was raised by a Catholic mother, the idea for it makes a lot of sense to me. Basically, the way I see it, is that a godparent's role is to be a part of the child's life, be involved in their religious upbringing, and agree to raise the child to adulthood if the parents should die or be completely unable to complete the job. So, Christina and her husband, Steven, are our backup system. Our kids' second set of parents, ready to step in at any time in case of emergency.
Fortunately for us, they've said they would adopt all our kids if the need arises, even if we have a whole bunch at the time. Fortunately for them, we've set up a really good insurance plan so they can afford it if that ever happens. And fortunately for the kids, Christina and Steven have always taken their job seriously, staying actively involved in our kids' lives so that our kids feel completely comfortable with them. We've always been up front with the kids about what it means to have godparents, so Danya and Gloria can explain it clearly and won't ever have to worry about what will happen to them if we are gone. It's not a fun subject, but I've definitely been thinking about it more with all my recent time spent in hospitals. I'm so thankful that we have faithful, trustworthy, Godly friends. I do wonder, though, if Christina has actually thought about suddenly having to homeschool my six along with her two...?