Someday I'll come up with a thoughtful series of these, but for now I'm just going to write them when I'm feeling joyful and thankful. Then try to remember to read them when I feel less so.
- Cricket, when she saw snow in the morning: "It's... It's Christmas!!" She keeps saying that now and then, like when we made a snowman. I can't stop loving it.
- We've tried an incentive for quiet voices in the car (i.e., no screaming just because you know it terrorizes the other people in the car), and Cricket is totally going for it. Also, putting down one of the fold-and-go seats has given everyone more room and less potential for freaking out because someone bumped into you. My blood pressure no longer increases every time we head toward the car.
- We checked out books at the library without Cricket attacking the library checkout computer or anyone flopping around on the floor.
- I got a membership at a family rec. center place where I can work out and bring the kids to the child care. I needed more built-in, no-calling-sitters-necessary break time, and I'm glad I just went ahead and did it, even though the cheapskate in me resisted. We went once already and they had fun playing and I loved the break.
- Dinosaur has worked harder at saying kind things to Cricket, and some are so sweet. A neighbor boy also has a soft spot for Cricket and keeps inviting her to do things with him.
- We won a raffle through our agency for 3 hours of house cleaning!! Every foster parent should get this.
- We watched almost the a whole Veggie Tales movie all on the couch together in complete peace.
These may sound like little things, but they are huge for me. Every day is an intense emotional battle for me and the things I need to deal with in my heart. God has broken me apart piece by piece, but He is also building something beautiful in all of us.