Mark just got off the phone with Delta. It's official we are bringing Sweet Girl (SG) home. We fly out on Jan 3 and return on the 5th. We purposely decided in consult with the Ranch to wait until after Christmas. Holidays are unstructured, chaotic times for most families, which is not a good environment to bring SG home to. She will get home the week before her 10th birthday though. She gets home on the 5th and will start school on the 6th. May sound crazy, but structure and routine are going to be ESSENTIAL. Thankfully I have about 10 days before going back to school myself to try to help her get settled in.
Our sweet friend Mariah has been living with us and going to college and Kloe will share a room with her. SG loves Mariah, so I think it will be a good thing. SG manages her behaviors better when others are around, so hopefully having Mariah here will help her establish some good behavior patterns and self-control within the home.
We are hoping and praying for the best transition possible. Would you join us?
**Pray for Nik Nak and Bubba Joe. They were profoundly affected by SG's behaviors, and as a mama, that is so hard to see. I can handle the stress, but I hated that they had to "handle" it too, and I desperately want to maintain the peace we have had in our home these last months.
**Pray for SG that she can transfer the new healthy habits and ways of behaving to family life.
**Pray for Knight in Shining Armor and I to be patient and wise in our parenting.
**Pray for us all to be full of grace for each other.
**Pray for people to come along side and support us. Specifically for one family that understands trauma and attachment that can provide respite care if it should be necessary. (Hoping it won't be!)