Seven Years Ago Part 2

Seven Years ago today, I left on an airplane to NC to get Sweetie 4. She was 11 years old, and her life was 11/11ths of total and complete chaos. 🙁

Because we had to leave so suddenly, Mike stayed home with the other girls and I set out on a treck that changed our lives and her life forever.

I was to land at the airport, and then head straight to the attorney’s office where I would then go with her to pick up Sweetie 4.
When I got off the plane the rental car company was a nightmare, but I had to have a car so I payed the extortion fee and off I was in a place I had never been…..

I turned on the radio only to have the channel set to a station where the artist was singing, “When peace like a river attendeth my soul, when sorrows like sea billows roll”…. and it continued to….”My sin oh the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin not the 1/2 but the whole, was nailed to the cross andI bear it no more bless the Lord bless the Lord oh my soul” “It is well, with my soul” “It is well, it is well with my soul”……
Tears streamed down my eyes as my heart calmed, my shaking stopped and I remembered I wasn’t alone.

The attorney and I left right away, and sadly, we had to meet in a Walmart Parking Lot.
The situation Sweetie was in was very dangerous. It proved later to be more dangerous than I had imagined. 🙁

Sweetie was in the back of a car and the two people were fighting. She was seemingly oblivious. SEEMINGLY.

When we got out the attorney said, “What are you going to say?” I said, “I don’t know.”

Sweetie 4 got out and I knelt down and said, “My name is Mrs. Minich and I’m here to keep you safe!”
I invited the people to dinner which they declined.
Then the woman said, “Don’t forget to do your thing” and she smiled and got back in the car.

I took note of what she was saying for later pondering.

When sweetie and I got in the attorney’s car, I got in the back seat with her. She was completely calm on the outside. I put my hand on her back and her little heart beat was beating a mile a minute, poor baby.

I used my best reassuring voice telling her she would be ok.
And then asking, “Hey, do you like to swim?” “We have to stay in town for awhile, because there are a lot of people who know where you are, and where you are going, and we need to wait for paperwork from the agencies that brought you to America and also from TX.

She didn’t have a bathing suit, but we remedied that.

Then, my friend, JJ, drove in to see us for a couple of days! YAY!
Her precious sons were so sweet distracting Sweetie 4.
THEN… my son and daughter in law and 2 grands came to the hotel the next weekend and we all visited and swam…

Sweetie’s behavior was absolutely PERFECT the entire time.
I knew this wasn’t real. LOL

She was like those little squirrels in the cartoon that are so polite….”You can push the button mommy” on the elevator.

hmmmm. To be continued:

You can read part one here

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