Change

I couldn’t sleep last night.  I laid awake in bed after the race was called in the early morning hours with racing thoughts.  The little ones are too young to understand, but I struggled with how to explain the election result to AJ and JJ.  How could a world change so drastically overnight?  I decided to suppress my own fears and strike a reassuring tone with the boys.  I told them when they woke that the candidate we had hoped for had lost, but what would never change is our love for them.
We will always do whatever we can to keep them safe, no matter how hostile this country becomes to Jewish, mixed race, same sex parent families like ours.
After I dropped them off at school, I reached out to our lawyer to ask about how we can best legally protect our family in the years ahead.  Stay tuned.
Josh says we got through years like this before, and he is right.  We are fortunate enough to lead relatively privileged lives and will live to vote another day.  Nonetheless we are sorrowful for the suffering of more vulnerable minority members in the years to come.
Our family isn't going anywhere.

Our family isn’t going anywhere.

L’shanah Tovah!

This evening we celebrated the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.  Josh’s parents came over and we sang the blessings before having a meal including apples dipped in honey for a sweet year.  I am proud to have mastered brisket recipe shared from a coworker.  AJ and JJ loved the brisket so much they asked for second and third helpings until it was completely devoured!

A Chinese man made this brisket and the Jewish side of the family endorses it as legit

A Chinese man made this brisket and the Jewish side of the family endorses it as legit

In other news, AJ and JJ have started third grade.  They are matched with two teachers that work as a team this year.  One teacher focuses on math, the other focuses on reading and writing.  They swap classes in the afternoon, so AJ and JJ are working on the same things with the same teachers while separated through the course of the day.  A wonderful benefit from this arrangement is that the boys have the same homework sent home each day.  This is much less confusing for Josh and I to supervise, and all we have to do is make sure they don’t cheat off each other’s work.  The school year seems to have gotten off to a sweet start!

1st day of 3rd grade. Yes, AJ is wearing a pepperoni pizza backpack

1st day of 3rd grade. Yes, AJ is wearing a pepperoni pizza backpack

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is Chinese New Year!  It is the Year of the Sheep.  JJ and AJ were born in the Year of the Pig, and DJ and MJ were born in the Year of the Snake.  The kids dressed in outfits to celebrate their Chinese heritage and I took some photos.  I am particularly proud of the one with all four kids smiling.  That is no easy feat these days!

Bris and Baby Naming

Yesterday we held a bris and baby naming for MJ and DJ at our home.  The bris is a rite of passage in the Jewish faith when male babies are traditionally circumcised on the 8th day of life.  However, in our case MJ was in India on his 8th day of life and a Mohel to perform the bris, or any other Jewish person for that matter, was tough to locate at the time.  So we settled for 8 days after arriving home in the US.  The Mohel we found was quite personable and swift.  He is multi talented as an actor and a martial artist.  He even arrived wearing a yarmulke with Chinese calligraphy embroidered on it!  The procedure itself was very fast, but there was some ceremony before and after, as well as a baby naming to bestow a blessing and a Hebrew name upon DJ that served as an opportunity for some close friends and family to gather and meet the babies for the first time.

MJ is perky before and shooting dirty looks at the Mohel after the bris.  DJ is in the upper left and lower right hand corners having a quieter day than her brother.

MJ is perky before and shooting dirty looks at the Mohel after the bris. DJ is in the upper left and lower right hand corners having a quieter day than her brother.

As with our first set of twins AJ and JJ, DJ and MJ are genetically half Asian and half Caucasian.  We intend to raise all four of our children with a blend of traditions from both sides of the family.  I was not raised religious, so I am glad to have Josh raising the kids following Judaism.  So you see, the Chinese and Jewish have a history of special relationships.  Anyone running a Chinese restaurant (as members of my family have) open on Christmas can attest to that fact!

There may not be much Asian culture in Florida, but AJ and JJ have certainly inherited a love of Chinese food!  The boys at dim sum circa 18 months.

There may not be much Asian culture in Florida, but AJ and JJ have certainly inherited a love of Chinese food! The boys at dim sum circa 18 months.