On Saturday I took a day trip with Sarah, Joselin and a friend. We went to the Pumpkin Festival in Pumpkintown, SC.
We did a little shopping. I found one tent where "Papa Joe" was selling his wooden candle bowls. I thought that his process was very interesting. I love good woodwork.....
So I bought a piece.
Of course, we ate good food too.
Turkey legs and naturally funnel cake. Sarah even picked up some fried Oreo's. She says that they were very good, I wouldn't know, she ate them while I shopped for a few minutes.
We also listened to the live bands.
And watched some kids try to climb the greased pole. They hadn't made it when we left.
We wore the teens out.
It was a very nice day. the weather was great and I really enjoyed watching Sarah and Joselin getting along after so many years of conflict. Joselin has really grown up a lot. We did talk about how she left. She said that when she left she felt that we didn't care what happened to her. I explained to her that I followed her through facebook and I told her where all she had gone. She said that I couldn't because she blocked me on facebook. I reminded her that I used to sneak on their My Space's with fake persona's and I also have them on facebook. I am her friend through another person. She laughed and said that she should have known. I told her that if I had felt that needed rescuing that I would have done so. She seemed happy to hear that.
She talked about receiving my monthly messages through facebook and that at first she was too mad to read them. But, slowly she did read them. Slowly, her heart longed for contact with her family again. She also realized that we weren't her enemy, that we did accept her as our child. She finally accepted us as her family.
I can only assume that prayer and perseverance led to the change. My friend also noticed the change in Joselin. There is much more happiness then ever before. Much more peace.
I feel that we wouldn't be at this place today if I hadn't sent those monthly messages month after month with no reply. To continue to reach out when you feel there is little hope is hard. To continue to reach out is what we moms do out of love for our children.