Judy’s Home!

I walked by the little, orange square more times than I care to admit. After three days, I finally picked it up off the tile floor and balanced it on the end of my finger to inspect it. There, looking back at me with huge brown eyes, was Dora the Explorer. The little, orange square was a perfectly folded band-aid that had fallen off the finger of my new roommate, Kaitlyn.

Like Dora, Kaitlyn has big, brown eyes and short, brown hair. She’s two. She’s spicy. She’s potty-trained. She’s got chubby cheeks with a mysterious dimple on the right one that comes and goes whenever it pleases. In less than a week, Kaitlyn has managed to wrap me, Judy, around her little band-aid covered finger.

Kaitlyn’s brother, Jeremiah, is equally cute but 95% less spicy. He’s two months old and in the “eat, sleep, and poop” stage of his life – not quite sure if he wants to smile yet. But I’m growing on him and it’s only a matter of time.

The stork didn’t bring them. Their Mom, Caressa, is a beautiful, young woman with her whole life ahead of her, and a not-so-lovely life behind her. Sometimes a girl just needs a break, and a hand, and a soft place to fall.

But before the three of them walked in my door, there was Olivia. Grandma Olivia. She moved here several weeks ago to get a fresh start – find a new life. Step right up. I serve a gracious God who is all about changing lives.

So the five of us are finding our way together, with a lot of help from the unbelievably kind and generous folks in the church. They went above and beyond, supplying cribs, strollers, car seats, clothes, toys, diapers, milk, and more. I’m thankful. So very thankful.

Tonight when I came in the back door I heard Kaityln’s footsteps coming down the hallway. As she entered the kitchen, she broke in to a big smile, lifted her arms to me, and said, “Judy’s home.” It doesn’t get much better than that. I am a happy girl.

Comments

4 Responses to “Judy’s Home!”

  1. Valerie (Kyriosity) on August 6th, 2008

    Sounds like an exciting adventure in radical hospitality…yay you! But I don’t get the “Judy” part. Is that just what comes out when she tries to say “Lucy”?

  2. lucyzoe on August 6th, 2008

    Hey Valerie,
    Sometimes it’s “Hey, Hey, Hey!” when she can’t remember my name, sometimes it’s Jucy, but mostly I’m Judy.

  3. Valerie (Kyriosity) on August 6th, 2008

    In that case, you need a new avatar. I suggest this one or this one or this one. ;-D

  4. Mr Mark on September 15th, 2008

    Nice shots Lucy!
    Love the seagull!!!

    Mark L.




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