A few months ago my friend, Kelly, contacted me about crashing here for a few days. She was coming to Columbus to the NACAC conference to represent the Attachment and Trauma Network. regardless of the reason for her visit, I was super thrilled to be seeing one of my on-line buddies again, but NACAC and ATN are both near and dear to my heart as well. So, plans were made and Kelly and her 7 year old daughter, Savannah, arrived in Columbus Wednesday afternoon.
Kelly is super cool. She's been there, done that with all kinds of kid issues so it was really nice to have someone who I could talk to and laugh with about faith, parenting, special needs and adoption. She's survived losing kids she loved, getting gob-smacked by a diagnosis and just about a thousand other things. Needless to say, we stayed up late every night talking up a storm.
Savannah fit in just perfectly with my gang. She didn't notice Jason's differences and is about as girly as Hannah. While Kelly worked the conference during the day, I took the 4 kids and did stuff. We weathered Micah's OT, a Splash Pad playdate with no splashing, the zoo and the general insanity of 4 kids in one small house.
Although we did hit a few bumps in the road, we did manage. Jason handled the changes in our days admirably for a kiddo who hates changes, even temporary change. He even managed to share his stuff and let the kids play in his room. For those who know Jason, this a HUGE. Today we are having a few bounce-back issues as he works through his feelings on missing his friend, but that is way better than the raging we would have had a couple years ago. Progress is a great thing.
In all, it was a great time.
Thanks for coming Kelly and I hope we see you again soon.