It's been two weeks exactly since I sent the letter. For the first week, I checked the letter box as per usual - every couple of days, or when it starts overflowing! - knowing that there would be nothing in there from her.
This week, I was checking just about every day, but not exactly, also knowing that while she should surely have received my letter, it would still be too early to receive one back.
But for the last couple of days, I've been checking it at least twice a day. Even knowing that it's highly unlikely for her to have written back on the exact day she received my letter. But I still can't help but feel a twinge of disappointment when my letterbox is empty. (Bills and junk mail most certainly don't count.)
I'm also regularly checking our email and answer phone because she could contact me that way too.
It's not all disappointment though. A little ray of sunshine landed in our box the other week, in the form of this gorgeous little birdy!
My wonderful friend Josella made me a new little friend and sent him with a beautifully written card and a prayer for peace to help the wait feel a bit more bearable. What a treasure that big envelope in my letter box was. Isn't she sweet?! I'm still trying to think of the perfect place to put my new birdy friend. He deserves somewhere special, don't you think?
So I continue to wait. Mostly patiently. Not always. It's a bit silly really. But not, at the same time.
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I've had a lot of things going on to distract me from this waiting game I'm playing. Along with our normal weekly activities there's a birthday party to get ready for and a very good friend's fresh new baby (beautiful Eva!) to love on. My Mum's also been unwell - it's hard to explain, so I won't, but she's been having some ongoing health issues that came to quite a serious crisis point in the hospital over the long weekend. Mum's on the up now, although completely worn out and exhausted, feeling like she's "really been steamrollered by this." (Her words!) We are thankful for a wonderful, supportive family who have rallied around Mum and my step-dad, Paul, in great love, cooking dinner, sleeping over and dishing out medications and hugs in equal measure.
So I'm not lacking for things to keep me occupied! I'm also feeling a great desire to get my craftiness on, perhaps as a way to relieve some of the stress I've been feeling. In fact, I think I'll go do something now!
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