Respite is over and Dimples is coming home today. The timing is perfect and, for the most part, my heart is at peace. When we planned these dates, I wrestled with them. Was it too long? Was she coming home too close to the beginning of the school year? Would she be ready? Would we be ready? I’m happy to share that she is excited to come home, and we are looking forward to seeing her.
I’m preparing our home and my heart for her homecoming.
First, she is going to begin sleeping in a new bed. Last spring we set up a bed in the corner of the girls’ room for Hannah. It’s in a cozy spot and she has often asked to sleep there. Bedtime is tough for her and the dynamic of all of the girls in one room is not ideal. I think this plan will help her feel more secure and safe as she falls asleep. I’m also hoping to get an mp3 player and load it with peaceful music and a few stories so as she goes to bed, she can listen and rest.
Today I’m going to clean out her dresser drawers and organize them with just what she needs to start the school year. Her largest drawer will contain her school uniforms. The other drawers will have only a small number of pants, shorts, and tops. She is easily overwhelmed by too many options and is happiest when choices are simple. She also struggles significantly with keeping things organized, so simple is better.
I’ve put some of her favorite foods on the grocery list in the hope that it will be easier for her to pack her lunch. Our friend, Kathleen, bought her a fancy new lunch box, which will make Monday even more exciting. One afternoon next week we’ll cook a large batch of brown rice, chicken, and spices to freeze and have ready for her take in a thermos.
Her new backpack is sitting in my room and all of her school supplies are purchased. New school shoes are also ready to go.
As I write this, I realize I’m organizing my thoughts and calming myself. I’m telling you, blogging is therapeutic!
As important as these preparations are, the most important are those in my heart and mind.
- I recognize that we need to pray more for Dimples and over Dimples.
- While Dimples needs lots of structure, we need to maintain as much nurture as we can.
- She not only needs to be loved, but she needs to feel loved.
- We need to be more intentional to make her feel safe and protected – fear is the root of many challenging behaviors.
It’s going to be a busy day, and I’m jumping in. Russ is on the road to Seattle and will get home with Dimples late tonight. I’m praying that it is a sweet reunion.