This is a child who at one time was not safe with animals (unsupervised) and now she lovingly tucked in a 60 pound dog with HER PJ's before she left the house.
I want to take time to recognize the areas of progress because the areas of struggle are still so very hard.
There are some Mommies who have been having a rough patch with their hurting healing kids and my heart and thoughts are with them. I hesitated to post this next bit because I don't want to make anyone else's struggle at present more painful and frankly seeing where someone else's child did something positive can hurt when you feel like you are down in the muck with your own kid. I know. But ...
This is going in a frame and whenever she is giving us the business I am going to go and look at it!
It says, "I love you Mom and Dad. You are the nice people ever. I thank you, you are special to me." She took a long time writing this because she wanted to use her best hand writing and although I had to spell most all of the words for her I was not allowed to look at it until she was done. Precious.
The Hubs said, "Look at that, all positive colors there are hearts and a star and a smiley face!"
At our house stars mean Star Power - Stop, Take a breath, And Relax.
As Brenda says, "Never, Never Quit!"