We’re on our way to see Dimples today. It’s a different sort of trip without Russ, instead I’m taking Hannah, Noah, Katie (our friend), and Isaiah. During our weekly phone call, I told Dimples that Hannah was coming to visit. We were on speaker with her counselor and although Dimples didn’t say much, her counselor said, “She’s got a big smile on her face.”
The trip should be easy, but the visit – well, we’ll just have to see. I’ll have a therapy session with her and Russ may Skype in to join us. Visits are hard. There’s just nothing comfortable about visiting your child (or sibling) in a residential treatment program. And for Dimples, each time we visit her two worlds collide. She has relationships, routines, and an entire life apart from us, yet, we’re her family and there are aspects of her life with us that she misses.
I’m thankful for the program because I believe it is our best chance for Dimples’ healing and for our family’s survival. It was essential for everyone’s health and safety. Despite that, it feels rather terrible. It will be interesting to hear my older kids’ thoughts on our way home.
We’re having a great visit with Hannah. She’s been doing a lot of cooking, and Russ is particularly happy that she is teaching Sunshine how to bake pies. I love seeing my kids together and knowing that my hope of them growing up to be good friends has happened. Eby’s face in this picture makes me laugh – he could hardly contain himself as the tower grew more precarious.
Have a great day, friends. I’ll try to post something from Montana.
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