Oh Happy Day

Sunday was a special day.

It marked one year since the beautiful little Bonnie arrived in our home.

I remember the phone call on the Firday afternoon about taking her and Clyde in.
Could we have Clyde for a week (standard request for an emergency placement) and could we have little Bonnie over night as they had another carer that could take her the next day.

I said we were happy to take them both for the week. And here we are now, 52 weeks later with both Bonnie and her little sister Tyla.

What an adventure the last 12 months has been.

We’ve had first words and steps, tantrums, watching her little personality blossom and seeing her little sense of humour grow.

She is on her 3rd court order and we are (not so) patiently waiting for her social worker to be able to tell us formally what the next court order they apply for will be.

Will it be yet another 12 month order to persue reunification or a long term order, meaning the girls can stay with us forever?

I can’t beleive we have been so lucky to have this little angel in our home.

So many people tell us that she is lucky to have us, but I can tell you, it’s the other way around. I never thought anyone would ever call me mum, and now, almost every sentence that Bonnie says starts wtih “Mum…” Truly a blessing for me.

I wish someone had told me sooner how much fun toddlers are.

Ok, there’s tears and tantrums on occassions, but for the most part, Bonnie is just delightful. Watching her with her sister often brings a tear to my eyes. If Tyla cries, normally Bonnie is there with an arm around her asking “matter? matter?” or she’s racing out to me “Mum…issy crying….bottle”.

There’s the fun to be had in deciphering Bonnie’s new words. I often act as translator for MM but sometimes, when she’s trying out a new word we both are left scratching our heads. Funniest had to be one day she came to me with what appeared to be a blank sheet of paper saying “Bactis Bano”. I repeated it and asked Bonnie to show me what she wanted, she took me to the piano, turned over her piece of paper to reveal it had music on it and repeated “Bactis Bano”. How could I have not known that was Practise Piano?

Bonnie is still very wary of strangers, in particular men, but with MM….she is a real Daddy’s girl. I love when he gets home from work and she hears the shed door and runs as fast as her little legs will carry her out to meet him. Such a joy to watch.

I can’t believe it’s been a year already. Our little girl has grown up so much, and regardless of what the next court order brings, we know that at the very least, it brings another year of time with Bonnie. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

 

 

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I’m Back

It’s been a while.

MM has been (not) so subtly encouraging (pushing) me into writing again.

I strated blogging as a sort of therapy for me, and then one day I wrote something that upset someone. It was uintentional. One of those times when you know what you mean to say and someone else reads it differently.

For the hurt I caused I am sorry.

But, as MM reminds me (at least once a week), this blog is for me. My place to debrief. My space to vent. My safe place as I don’t use any of our names and very few people that we know, know about the blog.

So, the time has come for me to get back to it and do I have some stories to tell.