I seem to have lost my ability to sit at the computer and have words fill the screen. I honestly feel somewhat speechless. This is likely due to the ongoing challenge of not sharing more than would be wise, but there is something more. My heart and mind are a little heavy and slow.
Russ and I saw Dimples yesterday and met with her therapist. A plan was made for me to pick Dimples up on Monday; she’ll spend New Year’s Eve with Aunt Michele, which she is going to love. On Wednesday we’ll head to Seattle with Bee and Dimples for appointments at Seattle Childrens on Thursday and Friday. Beyond that – we just don’t know.
This year we pooled Christmas gift money from both sets of grandparents and went on a family adventure. We drove north to Coeur d’Alene, had dinner at Red Robin, walked through the Christmas light display on the boat docks at the Coeur d’Alene resort, and then went to our hotel to swim. In the morning we had breakfast and swam again before heading home. It was a wonderful gift that we all enjoyed and an opportunity to make special memories. Dimples was sadly absent, as were Hannah, Mimi, and Andrew; we were a smaller group than usual. Despite that, we had laughter, good conversation, and time to focus on having fun. The day before we left I wanted to cancel, and Russ reminded me that it is important to continue living and loving our kids in the midst of hard days.
Today is Sunshine’s 10th birthday. We’re thankful for another reason to celebrate and gather together. Croissants for breakfast, Chicken stir-fry and egg rolls for dinner, and a cake that has not yet been baked. Perhaps we’ll eat it warm from the oven.
Today is also my oldest son’s birthday. Yes, my oldest and youngest children by birth were born on the same day – 24 years apart. That is a story all by itself.
Thank you for your kind words and your prayers – please don’t stop praying – the Lord is answering. He continues to open doors before us and we are walking through.
To everyone who has sent an email or message – thank you. I read them all and cherish your words, even if I can’t respond.
Have a wonderful Sunday, friends.