|Sophie and her little friend "E"|
Sophies counselor just called with a request from Soph... she wanted to know if she could come home and spent fourth of July with her family. It breaks my heart, because of course the answer is NO. But we want her here just as much as she wants to be here. And surely holidays are even more awkward for her than they are for us. It just isn't the same not having the whole family together.
The picture above was taken about the last time that we went camping as a family. And seeing how young Soph was in that picture, you can tell that its been awhile. Like maybe even two years. That's a long time. Since Isaac learned what camping was he has been asking to go camping. So we are taking off tomorrow evening for the mother of all camping trips. My husband is in between jobs and is getting a blessed summer week off work. That is rare in his line of work so we are taking full advantage of it and getting out of here for the week.
We aren't sure where we are going, we are just going to DRIVE SOUTH until we find the perfect place. Or until the kids can't take it any longer being in the car with one another. And then we will stop, find a campground, set up tents and stay there until we are bored and want to go to the next place. The only request is that we are near a beach and its warmer than here. Those two things shouldn't be too hard to find.
Sophie isn't coming with us and that's both good and bad. She has been able to visit with several of us this week and she seems to be holding it together OK for now. The application for psych hospitalization was turned in and went through the first round of approval/denial earlier this week. Unfortunately we haven't heard which way it went. But there is a round two, then a waiting list so we don't expect anything to happen in a hurry. (Which is a bummer because we want our child to heal, not to languish in foster care. However we are understanding that everything is a process!)
We also had news this week that the first official evaluation with the attachment therapist has been approved and is scheduled for later this month. We are anxious to get started on the new therapy in hopes that we can really get somewhere with our relationship with Sophie and find her the help that she needs.
Here's to healing for us all. And tomorrow... July. Happy July. Happy days. Happy Camping.
More soon from wherever we end up.