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Saturday, November 14, 2015


Last weekend was our 2nd familiversary, well, legally.  In our hearts, it's been much longer.

I love looking back and seeing how much progress our daughter has made in the 3 years together.

We went on the mountain and went for a nice lunch at the winery, walked around some, went to an antique stores and went to the candy factory.

It was a nice time.

While we were at lunch, somehow the conversation of home schooling came up.  When I mentioned last moms experience, kiddo said "You mention last mom frequently, who is that?" I told her about her story and her beautiful princess.  When  I said that her princess finally feels like she's in her forever home and where the name last mom came from, she said "That's so sweet and amazing!! And wow, it took me 2 years to figure out you two weren't going to give up on me and I only had 3 placements, that's amazing!"

It felt so good for her to 1) admit that she didn't always believe it (because she was a good faker) and 2) admit that she now believes we're a forever family.

When we got home, she got quiet for a minute and then said "Momma, I need to tell you something and you're gonna be mad".  She said she took the phone we found in our rental and immediately felt guilty about it. She brought it back.  This is HUGE.  She had just taken it the day before and it hadn't even charged yet.

So much progress over the last 3 years.

So much fun for the weekend.

I love this child so much.  Who knew love could be so strong?

A fish named Blue

After the traumatic news that baby sis would not be returning to her former family, we met up with the mom to pick up the rest of her stuff so we can get it to her when she's ready for it.

One of the "things" is a fish named Marcus. Kiddo has promptly fallen in love with the fish and re-named it Blue.  I can see right now that after the fish is returned to baby sis, our child will have to have a replacement fish for her room.

The timing could not have been better though.

Recently, we were notified that the pyschiatrist kiddo has seen the entire time she's been with us left the practice.  No info why or where he went.  We weren't particularly stressed, because I had noticed she always sits in the seat furthest from him when we go there.  That told me she'd never formed a connection, he was just a means to get the prescriptions she needed.

We went and met the replacement psych.  That was a bad mix. We will have to get a new one. This one went beyond not particularly liking, but absolutely triggered by her.  Tears, shut down, etc in the car right afterwards until the fish.

Pets are so soothing.

(and since then, we have reassured her, we will find another psych and she will not have to see that one)