Wow, hasn't anyone smiled in that last while?
I had a huge smile on Friday - it still comes with some reservations but it really showed me the power of love.
Some of you may remember me talking about my "daughter". This is a young woman who, in her late teens until she was 25 stayed with us on and off. She had a rough home-life and while she had some demons of her own, for the most part had a good heart. I loved (and still do) her like a daughter. She came back for the last time from Inuvik with a boyfriend. They stayed with her family at first but as always that turned sour so they moved here. They decided to get married (right now) and DH and I helped them. But from that point on they took total advantage of us and our love (no need to get into it here) and I had to kick them out. Actually I kicked her out as he was working. That was about 5 years ago.
They eventually got their own place, had to endure both of them losing jobs a few times (their fault for the most part) and now they have two children, 3 and 1.
Well, my "daughter" apologized and thanked us for the "tough love" a few months ago and while my trust issues will take awhile, it felt good. Friday the doorbell rang and there was her husband with a big smile and the two kids in a stroller. He said that he woke up this morning and knew he had to come and make things right. He introduced me to the kids as "Mama Laurie", his name for me in better times and my heart melted. I finally got to meet and bond with my "grandchildren". He said that it took awhile but they realized what we were trying to teach them.
He didn't have the anger behind his face that was always so prevalent when he was here. He is putting in resumes (for anything) which is another big step for him. We talked for about 20 minutes and had 3 big hugs. He asked me to pass on his apology to DH too and hopes that we can all get together some time soon.
There is still a bit of hurt, but seeing him better and more mature was a blessing. And hugging those grandbabies didn't hurt either!
Sorry this is so long but I thought it needed a bit of back story!