We arrived in the pouring rain, but the staff were wonderfully cheerful and hearty, entertaining the children and waving to them until their arms must have ached. We had Sport decorated with a little Percy on his cheek, went on Daisy the Diesel and had a race with the steam engine and generally enjoyed the larking-about and toot-toots. As long as they were at a distance. Our little lad hates loud, sudden noises (possibly because of his pre-term entry into a neonatal unit full of bleeps, needles, feed tubes, oxygen and strange people going all soppy and cuddling him up against them for Kangaroo care). He was set off in floods of tears by the hot-air dryer in the loos. His tears washed off half his face-painted Percy and he was not a happy bunny. He cuddled tight against me whenever a train hissed or tooted in his direction after that and I was expecting him to want to go home, but no, he stayed and enjoyed a train ride down past the park, and "Big Church" (St Mary's).
We started a game for days when he feels the weighty issues of Being Two getting him down called "One, Two, Three, Smile!" He turns the tables now - often catching me looking a bit glum and doing "One-Two-Three..." right back at me.
At bedtime though, after stories, he told me that he thought he might have a bad dream because he had been scared. I prayed with him for Jesus to send him lovely peaceful dreams and he opened his eyes, smiled his beautiful smile at me and said, "I healed!"
Me too. When we got home, I was freezing. Actually, I haven't been able to get properly warm all day. As I had a rest while the boys went shopping (thank you), I felt a huge knot of fear in my stomach that was making me shiver too. Where are we going to be? Will we ever own our own home? Is this our last and only chance? Then I suddenly felt warm again at last, sat up and felt completely peaceful about our future. We are powerless to help ourselves, but if God made the Universe, he could build us a house from out of river water if he wanted to. (Not sure we would get insurance on a non-standard construction, but hey, we wouldn't worry about being on a flood plain.) I think someone must have been praying for me then.