1.) We have been reassigned caseworkers! This has been a specific prayer for a little while now. Not only do we have a new one, but this new one I have encountered twice before. In our last chat we found we had some common family values. I know that Mr. A and I are quite conservative in our values, so to work with someone else in the capacity we must work is a blessing. I don't know how it will be to have her as a caseworker, but I am going to be thankful for the change and see my glass as half full for the moment. She is brand new to both CPS and the drug court unit.
2.) Visits with Birthmom have been decreased to 1x per week. My initial thought is that this is a negative for Birthmom and reflects the progress of her case. However, it could also mean that CPS doesn't have the funding/personnel to continue 2 visits per week. Again, I am going to try not to question the motivation for the change, I'm just going to be extremely thankful for it.
We are still reminding ourselves that we have been asked to love this precious baby for the moment, and are not asked to worry about the future. That is much easier for me to write than for me to practice, but is what we are striving for. When I stop to think, though, isn't that what I'm asked to do even with my biological children? With my husband? With anyone whose life happens to intersect mine? As a professional worrier, this concept stretches me in very unpleasant ways. This week is a great example. I can say that even in the middle of the sadness/unknown/fear I have taken some purposeful moments with each of my children. Nothing fancy, a conversation with Thing1 while playing with play dough, snuggle time after nap with Thing2, rocking PrincessO to sleep even though she is perfectly capable of going to sleep on her own in her bed. The joy I found in each of these moments reminds me why we endure the storm. These are my rays of sunshine.
Ways you can pray:
- I think today is a great day to join us in praising God for His sovereignty, control, provision, peace, and joy.