Well, we’re back up to five again. Although I suppose I haven’t really posted since Abby and Carter left last Friday.
We got a phone call last night at about 9:30 asking us if we could take two little girls, ages 1 and 3. They gave us names and told us that they were Caucasian (which is more than intake can usually do!). We asked if we could call them back, and after much deliberation and prayer, we decided to say yes. Right now this is an emergency placement, which means they can be here for up to 72 hours. They asked us last night if we could keep them long term, and we told them that we weren’t in a place to be able to decide that at the moment. I’m sure they’ll ask us again on Thursday. Praying for God’s peace one way or the other.
They got to our house at 12:15 a.m. They were very scared and very confused. Understandably – they had just been taken away from their parents in the middle of the night.
We took them back to their bedroom – the one year old went to sleep almost immediately, but the three year old was very upset. She cried and cried, she yelled for her mommy, she kicked and hit. I sat there and comforted her the best I could. Eventually she calmed down some and I was able to introduce myself and let her know that she is safe here and that we love her. She perked up a little bit and asked where her pants were, then she went over and got her shoes.
“We go bye-bye and get Mommy!?” She asked.
I explained that she’d be staying here tonight, and that her Mommy was somewhere else, but that I was sure she was missing her, and happy she was safe. She got upset again, and I asked her if she likes to snuggle. She perked up, “Snuggle?!”.
So I laid down with her in her bed and snuggled her until she fell asleep sniffling.
They are adorable. And today has really gone well – but the boys have been at school all day – nothing conclusive until they are home. As for now everything is ‘normal’ – aka: insanely chaotic. ahhhhh.