Over the past two days we’ve had three meetings for Dimples. We’ve had loads of meetings this year, but there was a distinct shift this week. We’re beginning to talk about the gradual transition home.
We need to do everything we can to ensure that Dimples will be successful living in the midst of family. Family has always been hard for her – always. Even before she came home from Ethiopia, family was difficult. Sadly, those early experiences set us up to be the hardest relationships for her.
Our plan is to slowly increase home visits, first with a staff member present, then on her own. The visits are also going to grow increasingly longer. Between visits Dimples will have time back at her program to help her process. We’ll also have the opportunity to begin finding the potential glitches on our end and make practical changes to help our family function well.
Having her own room is a big piece of the plan; please pray for us about the remodeling project. We’re also talking about ways we can help her be successful at school next fall. Actually, school is the easy part; she loves school. It’s before and after school, and navigating the two worlds of school and family that are the challenge.
We had a home visit planned for next weekend, but it had to be canceled because the program is short a staff member. We’re going to try again in early March.
I could write so much more, but need to get moving into my school morning. Thank you for your prayers, for reading our story and supporting us. You are a gift to me, friends.
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