Jacob (Mel's son), Ben (Mel's nephew), Naomi, Oceana, and Mika (Mel's niece)
Ben. I remember the day this boy was born. I had just turned 15. Wow, time flies!
One of the prettiest little girls I've ever seen. Mika Jade is a gem. Love this girl to pieces. She and Oceana roll along like they've known each other forever.
Melody and I met when we were 6 and 7 way long ago. We've been besties ever since. Mel has an adopted sister who is Laotian, and Mel's son Jacob is African-American. Because Mel and I have been friends for so long we've opted for calling each other sister, because it's too confusing to explain the in's and out's of a 19 year friendship. So by extension, her son Jacob is my nephew and her nieces and nephews are mine too.
I love that Oceana's cousins are black and Laotian. I love what a gorgeous combination they make when they play together. I especially love that they only notice once in a while and ask about their color-differences. "That's just the way God made you! And He gave you different colored eyes and hair! He made us all different!" I love our eclectic family