She smiled, she laughed, she even sang along as Isaiah played a borrowed guitar.
Thankfully, we arrived almost on time and even made it before dinner. We walked in as the eight kids and two counselors were having a “check in” time in the family room. They were going around the circle sharing their feelings about the day. Dimples was nervous when we arrived, so we gave her hugs and sat down on the sofa.
At dinner Hannah and Isaiah asked Dimples about school and her routine most days. Then she showed them her room, including the huge bulletin board that covers the length of one wall. She has a small collection of photos toward one end – we need to find some special things that she can hang up. I’ll print some pictures of this visit for her too.
Isaiah borrowed a small, very out of tune guitar, tuned it up, and then sang songs that we knew. Dimples provided the rhythm section by bouncing a rubber ball in time with the music while we all sang. It was pretty awesome.
We said goodbye at 7:30, knowing that the other kids were already settling into the quiet evening routine. We figured it was better to leave before they asked us to go since the schedule for our visit said we were leaving at 7:00.
Tomorrow morning I have a family therapy session with Dimples at 10:00, then the older kids will arrive to have lunch with us. We plan to head back to Idaho in the early afternoon. We’re meeting Russ and the rest of the family at our friends’ home on Lake Coeur d’Alene where we’ll spend a couple of days together before Hannah heads back to Minneapolis.
I’m praying that the good moments of last night will continue for the rest of the visit. Thanks for sticking with me as we move through our very messy journey.
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