I have a new article up on the Empowered to Connect site, I Remember Summer. When I got the email that it had been posted, I panicked a little. It seems that I wrote it so long ago, when the summer was fresh and I was full of optimism. Yet, this summer (like last) has been such a challenge; I feared the article would mock me with grand confidence in things that didn’t play out the way I had hoped. But I took a look, and you know what? I like what I wrote.
While we struggle and stumble to parent Dimples as well as we possibly can, we are seeing beautiful progress in Honeybee and Eby. We work hard to meet their unique needs, but too often, they’re lost in the swirl of life. I need to remember how far they both have come.
I haven’t updated you all about Hannah (Sweet Pea) in awhile. She is loving life in Minneapolis. Her first rotation, Neurosurgery, just ended. She enjoyed it so much that she hated to wrap it up, but she’s moved on to Emergency Medicine and chatted happily yesterday about suturing, learning to do nerve blocks, and more. She has also found a wonderful group of friends and often walks down the block to Dorothy’s house for meals and fun on her one day off a week. Dorothy’s kids keep her from losing the stamina required to be the oldest sister in a large family.
We are packing our big van to head to Whidbey Island today. The canoe is loaded on top, and I have a mountain of Costco food in the garage. The girls have done a good job packing, while I have not packed a single thing for myself. Dimples will be spending this week with Aunt Michele; that is an entire post of its own, but one I’m not quite ready to write. Suffice it to say that I got tearful at Costco at least four times as I picked out jars of special peppers and other treats for her.
Once again, I thank you for your wonderful comments, FB messages, emails, and calls. Russ and I are looking forward to resting, taking long walks on the beach with the kids, doing some planning for the upcoming year, and enjoying the beauty.
Have a wonderful day, friends.