I had to report of a friend to child welfare. I actually made the report over a month ago but the case worker called today to follow up on a few points with me. This friend, I’ve known her since we were 6 years old. The reason I had to report her was that she married a predatory sex offender (yes, she knew before they even got engaged)...she then proceeded to get pregnant and have a baby within one year of their marriage. I actually didn’t learn about his past until about 2 weeks after their baby was born and the online registry was launched here in our state. This is a man who has had two separate convictions and she married him and had a child with him anyway. I had agonized over whether or not I should call the authorities about the birth of their child for several days and finally realized that I had to do it…being very concerned for her infant, helpless daughter.
So…while very sad that I had to take this step, I’m comfortable that I did the right thing and relieved that the authorities are monitoring the baby and hopefully we make sure she’s safe.
I received a call from a good friend of mine. I met her and her husband when we were all in graduate school together. They are wonderful people who have faced true tragedy and have overcome it and grown closer and triumphed! Their first baby died when he was about 6 weeks old. They were absolutely rock-solid in their faith in each other and grew closer as a couple afterwards. They have since had two children, have just moved into a beautiful new home…it is just wonderful to see how people can face tragedy and grow from it. I can only hope, God forbid, that I would be able to face something like that as well as they have. They are trully role models and I’m so blessed to have them as part of my life. In fact, I think I need to write her a letter and let her know that!
Last night my older son accidentally slammed my younger son’s finger in the sliding glass door. I felt so bad for both of them…David is OK and will heal in time. Poor Gavin felt so bad. I’m happy that God has given me the forthought to remember to not make too big of a deal out of his part in the accident. He was disciplined because we’ve been telling him not to slam any doors shut and this was a good lesson as to why we’ve been telling him this…but at the same time it was still an accident…so hopefully his little spirit didn’t take too much of a ding over the whole incident.
By going to my sister’s house for her baby shower I had a wonderful opportunity to see into her life a little bit. She’s my only sibling that lives a good distance away and I see her only a few times a year. So, it was such a blessing to meet her friends and see what her life is like.
My title doesn’t really give this justice, but I spent about 20 hours (probably a little longer) driving with my mother and sister-in-law. It was actually great because it was a quiet uninterrupted time where I was able to get to know each of them a little better…and I hope the same was true for them….we had conversations we probably wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise.
My husband and I got a rare overnight to ourselves. The first since my youngest was born 15 months ago. It was just really, really nice to reconnect with my spouse on a number of different levels without any interruptions.
I was out doing a little shopping today and saw someone from my past. When I was in college (and I went to college in the same town where I now live) I volunteered with the local ARC organization, working with a group of developmentally challenged kids, most of whom were around the ages of 8-12 years old. Anyway, I saw one of the girls who was in my group back then. She has Down’s Syndrome and she was working at the drug store that I was shopping in. It was so amazing to see her be so high functioning…she was like 8 back in 1992 and it was hard to know what life would hold for her back then…Anyway, it was just great to know that she is doing so well! It was just great! Made my day!
Spending time with my adult siblings. It was so nice to spend the weekend with everyone, including my sister in California and her husband. It was great.
A safe camping trip. Took my boys, 3 & 1, on a family camping trip this weekend. The oldest child was 6 and my younger son was the youngest child. Yikes! But, fortunately no one received any serious injuries. My ability to tolerate anxiety was sorely tested though…too many kids seemed to be way too close to the campfire and not even realizing it. YIKES! Also, my 6 year old niece had a tendency to fling flaming marshmellows! But in the end everyone had fun and it was a good time for everyone…and that was so nice.
Healthy children! My younger son had his 15 month appt today and he is perfectly healthy. His older brother is, too. I’m so grateful for this and they are both lucky boys. Both of them were born early, at 35 weeks. Not terribly early in the grand scheme of things, but early enough to be a worry and I had problems with my pregnancy before they were born and knew it was a very real possibility that they would be really early. Even though it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, both boys had to spend time in the NICU. So…I’m so glad that they have been so healthy since their rough starts!