August 18, 2022
I had to tell you the cutest story. So, you already know that Brooke and the baby came home a bit later than we expected. Dan was just a giddy little kid after we got off the video call with you. Every time he heard a vehicle, he would jump up and look out the window to check and see if it was the new little family. Over and over until they arrived around 9:15. I heard them pull up in the driveway and then I heard Dan barrel down the stairs. I didn’t join them because I had already had my turn with the new baby and I wanted Dan, Janelle and Ariana to have their alone time with her. About 25 minutes later, Dan & Janelle came in my bedroom. Janelle came in first and was just all smiles as she started telling me how adorable Stella was and then….. Dan came barging in so excited describing every little tiny thing about her. He is his father’s son! He then exclaimed, “I can’t wait til she wakes up tomorrow!” ❤
I am so proud of our children! I know you are as well. Dan was also so excited to be able to see you last night and to talk to you. Your excitement over Ariana melted his heart. Please don’t you ever – EVER forget how much you mean to these kids! You are their hero in so many ways and you continue to be the one they lean on. I can’t tell you how many times I am told,
“Ask Dad what we should do about this.”,
“Ask Dad what we should do about that.”
“Don’t forget to ask Dad when you talk to him.”
They respect your opinion so much and they know you will have all of the answers they need. They too respect you more than you will ever know and they know and believe that you did absolutely nothing wrong that night and both of these boys know that you would have done the same for them. I know you would as well. That is why we are so safe with you as our protector.