It's an adjustment and we're making it. Logistics mostly, moving stuff around to make room for the kids. Their grandmother will be taking the oldest two, as she lives in the school district where they go to school... less disruption that way.
We'll be keeping the four youngest... twin 2 year olds (same age as my grand-daughter), a three and a four year old. We converted the dining room to a playroom, the family room (biggest room in the house) into the kids' bedroom, and we live right across the street from a small park. We're already starting to develop a schedule and at least the little ones are taking to it pretty well. The older ones will take more time but consistency will prevail.
The dad is going to the big house this time. This time he done it in front of credible witnesses who couldn't be threatened into not testifying. The mother is going to have to have re-constructive surgery and a lot of therapy, both physical and mental, and while I care about her, she's going to have to find her own path. I think the best help I can be in that is to take care of her kids to take some of the stress off of her while she fixes herself. The kids are safe, that's the most important thing right now. The rest can be fixed with time and love.
Thanks Tig. It helps when someone takes the time to tell you they care.
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