Editor’s note: This is the inaugural installment of a new monthly column, “The Accidental Family,” written by the Triplicate’s former “Localvore” columnist.
The contemporary Leonard-Rhodes family, left to right: Lydia Mae, Theo, Ruth, Henry, Lathrop and Emily. Courtesy of Jenny Marsh Photography
I’ll start with a confession: I’m the accidental mother of four. My husband and I started our family with two little boys, Henry, 7, and Theo, 4, but our two girls, Emily and Lydia, 16, officially became part of our family this past December. Adopting them was a very intentional act — on our part as well as theirs — but they came into our lives in an unexpected way.
This first contribution to The Accidental Parent will be about the brave new world that all six of us now inhabit — a world we are just starting to explore.