It has been 135 days since we brought our daughter to the facility for residential treatment. We have all grown in the past 19 weeks and learned new ways to communicate and react to situations properly. We have all participated actively in family sessions and benefited from the exercises.

Tomorrow morning, my wife and I will head out for the long 500 mile journey to Memphis, TN to get our daughter. We are excited that she is coming home, especially with the holidays just around the corner. There will be a time of transition, as we all begin to put into action the tools we have learned over the past 4 months. We are optimistic that things will be far better than they were earlier this year.

My wife and I have learned a lot on this journey, and will continue to do so. We have both enrolled in classes to become certified mental health coaches. We want to use the experiences our family has gone through to help other families. We want to help bridge the gap that we ourselves encountered when trying to help our daughter. It is far too difficult to find help for a family member struggling with a mental health issue.

We are grateful for the many prayers and texts over these past 9 months. Having the support of our family and friends has been a huge help. Our family is truly blessed.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Philippians 4:6