“I wish Dimples was here right now so I could have fun with her.”
I just overheard Little Man say this to Eby as they did their morning chores. It struck me that he would never have said that a year and a half ago. There was very little fun going on in our home back then.
In less than a month, Dimples will be on her way home for good; what a journey this has been for all of us. The day we left her at her program was unbelievably hard. Six years of hope, effort, prayer, tears – and it seemed that only failure remained. We couldn’t give her what she needed and keep the rest of the children safe at the same time.
I just reread some of the posts I wrote at that time and it all came back to me – the grief, the fear, the relief. I couldn’t imagine then what I know now; it was all worth it. This time of living in an intensely therapeutic environment has done more for Dimples than we thought was possible.
Her visit was very encouraging and ended well. One of the most notable differences is her ability to tolerate the frustration of things not going her way. When I had to say “no” to a request, she rolled with it, not without complaint at times, but in a fairly normal way. Moms with kids from “hard places” – you know what a miracle this is.
Tomorrow we are moving our family to Whidbey Island for three weeks. We are so incredibly thankful for the gift of this beautiful place. Russ brings his work with him, so hopefully he’ll be able to stay the entire time. The only reason he might come back in the middle is if we can finally make progress on the addition. We still can’t get the person who is probably pouring the foundation to come give us a bid. This is one of those times when I wish we had a contractor handling everything for us. We’re operating on a tight budget, so we’re doing the best we can. I’ll write some posts about the house plans soon.
All for today. I hope you are having a wonderful summer. If you have a minute, leave a comment and say hello. Thanks so much for reading and walking this road with us.
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