|Last summer she loved the swing|
at the farm. This year, it is in
the wrong yard.
Hannah has not enjoyed the time here at the farm. We have a keyboard here for her, but it is not her usual piano. We have a swing out front, but it is not in her yard. She has a very nice full size bed, but it is not her twin bed in her house. We even have Braille books, but she does not have her living room chair. Hannah has been constantly asking to go home so I brought her back to our house in Neosho for the night while I showed the house and did various appointments. However, when we got to the house and she realized that it is packed up, she was not happy. She was so unhappy that she ate dinner and went straight to bed early.Today she tried twice to have major meltdowns which are not her usual behavior and to make things worse I had to hide the fact that I found both to be funny. The first one was at the TOPS meeting. She had come with me and enjoyed playing the piano for the group before the meeting. However, they sang “Happy Birthday” to two ladies and Hannah was ready for cake. Hannah knows the rules of social events. She KNOWS that you sing “Happy Birthday”, and then you GET birthday cake. Well, of course, we do NOT eat cake at a weight loss/management meeting! Then she started talking about the cake again and I shushed her to be quiet, but apparently she was telling me that she had to go potty. Wow, did she get mad! She shushed me back and let me know that she needed to potty and sister Grace walked her quickly to the bathroom.
Then later she was sitting in the car with Grace while I did a quick errand. Hannah knew we were going to Grandma’s next and she wanted to go there now so she laid down in the back seat and stuck her lower legs out the open window and proceeded to kick her legs in the air while telling some invisible person her list of complaints. This in and of itself was not funny. However, then I thought, “You know I’d like to lay down in the back seat, kick my legs and tell “off” some invisible person about what I don’t like about moving! As a matter of fact, I think I’ve done this mentally several times in recent months!So I called ahead of getting to Grandma’s house and asked if Hannah could spend the night at her house where the furniture is where Hannah left it and the cookie jar is where it should be with the right kind of cookies and Hannah’s keyboard is the same as always. Grandma said yes, if Hannah wanted to stay. When we got to Grandma’s, Grandma asked Hannah if she wanted to spend the night because she usually does not want to stay away from home and us. Hannah answered with a serious, loud and determined, “Yes!” As we were leaving, Grand-dad had the cookie jar on the table and things were as they should be in Hannah’s world at least for a while.
Please be praying for us and our kids as we make this transition. For 7 of our kids, we are leaving the only house that they have known since leaving the orphanage. We keep focusing them of what will stay the same, but this is an anxious time for some amazing kids (and their mom and dad).