I've been putting off sharing this because it was not for sure until late yesterday evening. Jeeves has a cousin who is having a very hard time. At 30 years old she is a mother of four, and currently three of her children are being cared for by others, and tomorrow morning we will be taking charge of her last, a 14 month old baby girl. The situation is not a happy one, and while I won't go into details, because why drag someone down even further, it is true to say that the baby is not in a safe, stable environment.
We will be driving the 3+ hours to Indiana to pick her up and then bringing her home for, well, we really don't know. I'll say as long as is needed to ensure that she is going to be healthy and safe if she returns to live with her mother. We felt that among the family, we were the most prepared to add a baby to the mix. Booger is only three and we haven't been sans-baby for very long. We have all of the accoutrement of baby-dom lurking in shadows in our home. Pulling them out and making them useful won't be that hard.
As a mother, my heart was breaking for this family. I know his cousin must want to care properly for her children and sincerely hope she gets whatever assistance she needs to do so. I hope this little girl feels safe here with us, and that we are doing the right thing for us and for them.
So if you've got a spare good vibe or prayer you can send our way, I'd appreciate it.
I've a feeling the next week is going to be a bit bumpy.
I'll try very hard not to turn to Mexican food if the stress becomes too great. but no promises...