The week has flown by, and Saturday is November, which is all kinds of crazy!
One evening this week while working at my volunteer job as a court appointed special advocate for children in state protective custody, I sat next to a 13 year old girl on the couch in her foster home and she told me in a tone of voice I don't think I'll ever forget, "I just want to be adopted."
It broke my heart into a million pieces! I am now working to change the situation for this sweet girl and her younger brother, to find them a home where they will be loved, treasured, a place where they can heal from the pain of their past.
I drove home sadly reflecting on how much children need a family and how the foster home where these two children are placed was meeting their basic needs, but not loving them as a family would. Then I walked into my house to the scene of my husband carving a pumpkin with our 4 pajama-clad children.
There was mess and pumpkin guts and squealing and one brother wiping pumpkin goo on a sister's arm and arguing over the name for the newly created jack-o-lantern, but it was FAMILY! We were all known and loved and messy and loud, and that's what I want for these 2 children on my case.
In happier news than children without parents, Madeline the dog got a much needed grooming this week. You can thank me for forgetting to snap a photo before she went in and thus sparing you the vision of the "before" and allowing just the "after":
Because we let the grooming wait too long this time, when I picked up the dog I took the proactive step of scheduling her next grooming appointment and was surprised to find that even on October 29th, they are booked all the way through the first of the new year! So we have an appointment the 2nd week in January. Here's a truth that likely reveals something rather pathetic about the state of my life: I can call my hairstylist and get an appointment within a week, yet my dog's hair stylist books up over 2 months in advance!!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Just imagine all the possibilities of what you can do with that extra hour "Fall Back" provides!! My plan for that hour is lofty, indeed -- sleep!