It has been a week of hurrays for us.
First, the great news about the repairs on the house (see last blog). Then, Jim got a second letter from Social Security confirming he will be getting SSDI and with back pay from December. I am shocked since this was his first application for SSDI and we know many people are denied. It reinforced in both of us how disabled he truly is.
Next, Gabby started attending camp for the first time. After her initial fears wore off, she has loved it and is disappointed that it only lasts one week. She has asked if she can do an all day camp even.
Dustin has a job with our neighbors doing whatever they need at their consignment shop and helping the husband clean out abandoned buildings. The first building he will get to help with is an old jail that is on the historical registry. Dustin has denied any payment for now since these wonderfully, kind people have been giving us clothing for the children, plants for our garden and Jim a new office chair he liked. I told Dustin that is very admirable of him, but he needs to think about getting paid at some point so he has spending money.
Towards the end of the week I took Cameron, Ben, Gabby and Bella to VBS. Bella did not want to go and was very adamant about not going. I insisted since she had not made any friends yet. I am so glad I did! She had fun, made a friend, and there was a boy there she liked. She came home and spent hours on the phone talking or texting with a friend in California about it. It was so nice to see her acting like a typical child instead of the defiant, angry one that we have seen for weeks. By Saturday Dustin had heard so much about VBS, that he decided he would go - but only this once and it was just to help with Cameron and he wasn't going to pray or anything like that. I just sat there smiling and nodding at him.
I met another homeschooling mom of six at VBS. We did not get much time to talk since she was a tribe leader and I had Cameron to chase. Before we left on Friday, she offered a freezer to us for free. We are arranging to pick it up next week and our neighbor is going to help us get it. Neither one of them will allow us to pay them. I guess I will be doing a lot of baking in the near future.
I am thanking God every day for the wonderful blessings he has brought to us. We are definitely blessed and hope we can show the same love and caring for others in the near future.