It's been a hard day. For all of us. Funny how one person can affect the whole bunch.
Don't let that smile fool you.
I just finished putting Amy to bed. We talked about what went wrong today. We talked about what went right. We talked about what we could do differently tomorrow. We talked.
I'll admit, sometimes I'm not in the mood to talk over the day. Some days are so difficult that I just want to send her to bed, close the door and pretend that she's not there.
That's terrible. But it's true.
Right now I'm on Team Amy. I'm just trying to get Amy on Team Amy, too.
Team Amy is working for her, not against her. She just can't see that yet. One day she will.
I used to work on Team Ashley.
Team Ashley could see the potential in a little girl everyone else had given up on. Team Ashley was willing to dig in their heels and stick with it. Ashley did not like Team Ashley.
But now, five years later, Ashley is so thankful for her team. She can see how hard her team worked for her. She can see what her team was willing to sacrifice for her. She can see it clearly now, because she's on Team Amy. Now, she's the one working and sacrificing.
It's a beautiful thing to watch.
One day Amy will look back and be thankful for her team members. One day Amy will be able to see how they helped her overcome her obstacles. One day.
Sometimes that day seems a million years away. But none of that matters because we're in this for the long haul. If it takes a million years, so be it. As of right now, she's sleeping in the next room and we're one day closer.