As we prepare to take the kids to visit Dimples, emotions are beginning to spill over. While they’ve seen pictures of her school and heard about her life there, they wonder what the cottage will be like, what the other kids will be like, and most of all, what Dimples will be like. We had planned to have the kids Skype with her before the visit, but between the therapist’s schedule and our schedule, it never happened.
The kids have questions like, “Has Dimples really changed? What if she’s mean to us? What if she doesn’t get better and can never come home?”
Russ and I anticipate that the excitement of the visit will keep it very upbeat and there won’t be many opportunities to let negative interactions happen. Dimples’ therapist and I put together a detailed schedule including time together in the cottage, time with just the girls and me at the cottage, swimming at the hotel and then celebrating Dimples’ birthday with cake and presents afterward. We’ll all take breaks during meals so the younger kids can connect with us and Dimples can check in with the staff.
After dinner, Russ and I plan to spend the evening at the cottage with Dimples (no siblings), including settling her in for the night. Last time I tried this, it was a complete failure; Dimples wasn’t able to receive any parenting from me. We’ll see how it goes this time.
We’ll wrap up the visit Sunday morning with a family meeting that includes Dimples and her primary counselor. This will help lay the foundation for her upcoming home visit.
The pace will be slow, and I find myself wondering if we’ll feel that we didn’t have enough time together, but I would prefer that over blithely tossing Dimples into the midst of everyone and having it all blow up. We want this to be a successful visit for the entire family.
We’re heading into a hard day including some difficult appointments, a spinal injection for Russ in Coeur d’Alene, and some phone calls I don’t want to make. If we come to your mind, will you please pray for us? Thank you, friends.
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