Friday, April 24, 2009

Home at Last

This morning as soon as 9:00 came I was on the phone to my case worker. For the first time in five weeks that man answered his phone, I was so excited. After I told him about our parenting class we had found he told me I could go get Kaitlen. I had to ask him three times if this was really all done and that she could come home. I was just so excited and happy and so thankful that this was finally over.

Tonight after Payten went to bed John and I were talking to Kaitlen and she told me that she was so excited and happy. That during the car ride home she had to keep telling herself not to scream "I'M GOING HOME" As Kaitlen puts it her stomach felt funny and she wanted to scream out the window I get to go home. She had a lot of questions for John and I, I think we answered them all for her. She didn't understand why we couldn't visit her more and why only she had to live somewhere else. She told us that her 'exam' was very embarrassing and she wanted to run out of the room. She said she didn't care if they wanted to look at her arms and feet but once they needed to look at her privates she got all red. She also was concerned about Daddy's jail visit and was mad that he didn't even get a bed to sleep in. However she thinks it is super funny that he had to wear sandals with his freshly painted red toe nails. (the night before I had painted his toes Payten wanted his them painted and he played along)

I'm hoping that in a few weeks everything will get back to normal for her. Her teacher called me today and with tears in her voice told me how excited she is to have Kaitlen back. That she is planing a special party for Kaitlen on her first day back. Also she is going to talk to the school counselor and set up an appointment to meet with Kaitlen. John and I feel she might need some help not only for this but for the loss of her cousin.

Thank you to Amanda for beining at the Urgent Care and not letting them put her in foster care. For taking Kaitlen to her doctors appointments for us and for fighting with CPS daily. For giving Kailten love and tenderness during this entire thing. Thank you so much for all you did.

Thank you to my Mom for keeping Kaitlen when Amanda had to go back to work. For making sure she had her homework done and that she was not the smelly kid in school. Thank you for loving her and trying to keep her happy for us. Thank you for going to her doctors appointments and telling CPS our side. Thank you for all that you did.

Thank you to Spencer and Crystal for also taking her to her doctors appointments. For loving her and keeping her safe and happy. For watching her when others couldn't. Thank you for all that you did.

Thank you to Royal for watching her when Amanda had her baby. For making sure she had dinner and her school work done. Thank you for loving her and keeping her safe for me. Thank you for all that you did.

Thank you to my Heavenly Father who heard my prayers and brought my little girl home. For teaching me a lesson that I will never forget. Children are a gift from him and therefor need to be treated with so much love and tenderness. I'm not saying that Kaitlen wasn't treated this way, but I would forget that she is only seven and she is going to be a kid and that's OK. I have learned many things during Sage's passing and Kailens 'vacation' the learning them part sucked but the knowledge part is amazing.



Sharron said...

I'm so glad that she is back home! You have learned some important lessons. They aren't easy ones, but some that we all have to learn in this life. Keep them close to your heart, with all of your little girls!

Eldredge Family said...

I love you guys! Sorry every time I think about John in orange jump suit and painted finger nails I get tears in my eyes and nearly pee my pants laughing! I liked this post. I am glad she is getting some helps it really does.

Tamra and Jim said...

I am glad you have her home again with you. I know she's happy to be back with you. We all have to learn things the hard way sometimes, especially about appreciating what we have been blessed with.