Monday, October 24, 2011


We are slowly getting through. Muddling our way. Seeing light at the end of the LONG tunnel we've been in.

Prior to my leaving I kept Olivia and Braeden home from school for a day. We began the day at a local state park, looking out over a gorgeous view of our river, trees, and just God's creation. We talked about who created the beauty we saw and if He created THAT, then we could just imagine what heaven was like. We shared memories of Grandpa. And then we each let go of a heart shaped mylar balloon, sending them to the "heavens". After, we walked a bit but it was cold, and we are wimps. :)

Then we went to an indoor bounce house place to allow them to "jump out their emotion." I thought it would be especially good for Braeden. And it was. :)

Each night until I left for Florida the kids camped out in my room. It was nice to have that family time.

The soul is healed by being with children.
-- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I went to Florida Thursday and stayed until Sunday, spending time with my mom and grieving with her. We also went to a couple movies to get out of the house a bit. She is doing as well as can be expected and I've been so proud of her and how she is handling everything.

I'm hoping she'll decide to come up this fall/winter sometime or maybe even over Christmas. She does have some great friends and neighbors who have helped her get out some as well.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
-- Helen Keller

We are on the path of healing. And it feels good. It was good to get back to work and routine today. The kids did so great while I was gone and it's been so good to be back with them again.

My post last night was...
Oh how good it feels to see and smooch these three PRECIOUS faces... These three BLESSINGS... And to realize all the more how very LUCKY and BLESSED I am to have the PRIVILEGE to parent them...


Sara said...

I've been thinking about you guys a ton lately. I am not just saying that. You pop into my mind randomly throughout any given day. Praying for your family.

LauraBeth said...

You've all been in my prayers as well... Know that a friend you haven't met yet is keeping you and yours in my heart and prayers.

Ps... LOVE the family photo at the top of your blog page!!!

Laura in Vienna

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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