One of the great, but challenging parts of this life choices is when you reconnect with family and friends that have never been around your special children.
Today we are taking our six adopted children to meet my Aunt and Uncle from Utah. Sitting here waiting to leave comes with it’s own rollercoaster ride of emotions.
I know you all know what I am talking about…. will they understand my life choices and what they mean to our family, will the children behave (you know not steal, hit, verbally abuse each other, or become overwhelmed and attempt to run away), and will we have to leave in a whirlwind of chaos that leaves a sour taste in their mouths for our family.
Logically I know I can’t control every event we attend and every action of my children, but I do know I can control little things like taking sensory tools (have ear muffs and head weight will travel), taking items that bring comfort (yes that darn pink blanket that has haunted our existence), and talking through expectations prior to leaving!
So knowing this doesn’t really slow down or decrease the rollercoaster I am on, however it is nice to meet up with family and reconnect, even if there is a heck of a ride ahead of you.
Okay so we meet up and it went great! No major meltdowns and no family running away or making excuses to lay down! I count this as a win! I didn’t get a lot of time to visit because I was running distraction with the kids, but it still went well. Everyone enjoyed their time and as always our placement got to spend the entire time with Grandpa whom she loves (she is attached to him making sure he drinks, and has everything he could possibly need!).
My rollercoaster of emotions calmed down as dinner was ending and we had to rush home to meet another family who needs a break from their placement. Overall it was wonderful and this part of my family has at least had the joy of breaking bread with our diverse family! Now if we can ever get to Utah then maybe we would have a little more time to talk!