I woke up this morning in Richmond, Virginia. I won’t complain about the delayed flights (even the one that departed three hours late) because I’ve flown to Africa more than once, and those are looooooong flights and very tiring days.
My nephew is getting married tomorrow; he is my sister, Laura’s, oldest son. I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to come, but as I thought about my parents being here and both of my sisters, it seemed wise to take the opportunity to spend some special time together. Plus we get to celebrate Drew and his new wife.
As a super bonus, Mimi traveled with me and Hannah is flying in tonight. We’re even going to do a little sightseeing all together after the wedding. This is such a rare and sweet time.
I didn’t plan to post today, but everyone in my hotel is room is still asleep! I showered and snuck down to the lobby for coffee where I discovered a computer sitting all by itself just waiting for somebody to use it. So here I am, in Virginia, sipping coffee from a styrofoam cup and typing to all of you.
It was really hard for me to leave Russ and the kids. A couple of my sweet ones were a little “off” and I was worried, but I booked these tickets months ago, and they were nonrefundable. I was pretty sure it would be okay. Then, when I was in Boston (waiting forever for my flight), Russ called to say that Eby had a problem at school – sort of big one, and my heart fell. I wished I could run right home to help, but I was on the other side of the country.
Russ handled it all beautifully and I’m waiting to hear how things went this morning. The situation was exactly the type of reason I took him to the UW for the evaluation. His sensory issues are so significant and when he is crowded or pursued, he feels threatened and lashes out. It doesn’t help that he is a very big boy for third grade; I’m not exaggerating when I say that he is the tallest and biggest Ethiopian boy I’ve ever seen.
Eby has such a sweet and kind heart – my prayer is that everyone will see him the way I do.
So while my heart is heavy for home, I’m looking forward to a day with my parents and a very lovely rehearsal dinner tonight. It feels a bit unreal to be here.
Have a fantastic weekend, friends. I’ll try to post on my One Thankful Mom Facebook page – please be sure to “Like” it. And if you don’t want to miss my updates, hover over the “Like” button and click on “get notifications.” I promise, I don’t post very often and you will not be inundated.
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