Today marks two months since I made my last trip to Montana and brought Dimples back with me.
Since that day Dimples has moved home, transitioned to a new school, played a season of volleyball, joined the youth group, and made new friends. She has reconnected with special people who were part of her support team before she went to residential treatment. Most of all, she has settled into the family.
It’s not easy, and nearly every day she struggles to accept parental guidance; but she does it. She also puts forth great effort to be a good sister, which takes a lot of work.
Many of the issues we dealt with before treatment are still present, but the volume has been turned way down. Before, the struggles were at such a high volume that we were immersed in the noise. We lived and breathed the challenges – and sometimes it was scary. Joy was sucked out of our lives – and I mean all of our lives, Dimples, the other kids, Russ and me. There was great stress and sadness every day.
Thankfully, the healing we longed for, or more accurately, begged and wept for, seems to be happening. Quite truthfully, I find myself, even now, afraid to be too confident. But at the end of every day, Russ and I look at each other and realize we made it through – and it was good. Some days are better than others, to be sure, but all in all, life is so drastically different that I have tears in my eyes just typing these words.
Not long ago we were talking about a challenge one of the younger boys was having and Dimples began to offer some suggestion of ways she could help him. We told her just how amazing she is and how impressed we are that she can apply so much of what she learned. She tried to convince us it was no big deal, but I gave her a big hug and told her that it most certainly is a big deal and she is completely awesome.
There are tough moments, but overall, lots of hugs and smiles. I know I keep saying this, but I am in awe of what God has done and His power to heal.
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