“Our children need to know they are precious in the sunshine and the rain.”
-Dr. Karyn Purvis
We’ve finally got a ramp for “Grandpè Jim” to drive his scooter up, so we’re looking forward to having him over for a visit this week. This will be the first time he’s seen their barn in person, and I know Steevenson will be so excited to give him the tour. He knows where everything will go (bed, TV, toilet, refrigerator, closet, table, etc), and when the workers aren’t there, he talks us through it all…repeatedly. 🙂
He was very excited about having his picture made while he was “working” on the barn, too. He wanted to wear my shoes on top of his sandals for a while, but took them off after seeing them in the pictures on the back of our camera. I guess he thought they weren’t “Bob the Builder” enough. 😉
We have been having lots of fun together, but I will be honest, this past weekend was very hard. Steevenson tested boundaries (and our patience 😛 ) and we worked through countless behavioral challenges. In hundreds of ways, and underneath the emotions, I think he was probably asking, ‘Do you see me?’, ‘Do you hear me?’, ‘Are you in control?’, ‘Am I safe with you?, ‘Will you love me no matter what?’.
My prayer tonight (and every night from here on out) is that he will experience deep levels of healing as he processes his fears and adjusts to his new surroundings. That he will feel precious…in the sunshine and the rain, and that God’s unending faithfulness and tender mercies will continue to carry all three of us through.