I sent out a GLW Family email update today and thought you might like to know how things are going with us! To read the previous update CLICK HERE.
Hello Wonderful People!
Thank you for your support and prayers over the last year! It has been a challenging one, but also has been filled with great blessings!
Since our last update, things have been interesting…
Due to God’s financial provision, we were able to take Smaller GLW to see a nutritionalist. With her guidance we have started him on a gluten and dairy free diet, alongside magnesium baths and trying to reduce toxicity in his environment (mainly changing toiletries and household cleaners). He’s been fully gluten and dairy free for the last month and we have seen a massive improvement in his stomach and headaches. He has had very few and hasn’t needed any time off school and his challenging behaviour has become more stable, though he still struggles with managing his feelings.
Smallest GLW has been settling into our family really well. He is really enjoying school and has lots of friends. We have implemented a six month break from him seeing his mum as we believe this will give him time to establish firmer attachments in our family so that when he restarts contact with his mum (Niece GLW) in February, we are hopeful this will enable him to understand that his relationship with her has changed. The break has really improved Smallest GLW’s security and his relationships with Teen GLW and Smaller GLW has grown from strength to strength, as has theirs with him. Smaller GLW and Smallest GLW can now play together for a whole 30 minutes before things become difficult (we couldn’t leave them in a room alone a couple of months ago). In his prayers at bedtime yesterday Smallest GLW prayed, “God, thank you that mummy brought me to have a new family and that I love all the people.”
Teen GLW has had some challenges at school which the school have dealt with very well and she is generally really happy and enjoying life. She has taken on responsibility for doing the PA regularly at church and is hoping to be involved in helping out with the smaller children at church once a month.
Niece GLW chose to leave the support service in Rotherham and we have had very little contact with her in recent months. She did randomly connect with a Christian woman on a train and attended her church, but due to her lack of communication, we’re unsure how things are going for her.
Mr GLW has just this week started working part time doing parcel deliveries. It is quite low paid, but we are trusting God, that He knows what we need and is providing the right job at the right time. It is a very flexible role which means that he can still do the majority of looking after the children and the house.
My MA is going well and I am learning a lot and thinking a lot. It does require quite a lot of time, which makes paid work a challenge. I currently have very little paid work, which is helpful in terms of study time, but isn’t great for us financially. Yet we are sure God knows what we need and will provide.
Recently we have been massively blessed as people have supported us financially, I have set up a Patreon account which allows people to support my work monthly, thank you to those of you who have got involved with that! Someone gave me £200 towards books and someone else anonymously gave us £1000, which is amazing! Alongside this, God connected me with someone who has given £4750 towards the development of an online database for Christian women who can speak at events, I’m now crowdfunding for the remainder of the money. So even though financially things are quite precarious, we are fully confident that God is looking after us and so grateful to those who are being generous in praying for us and/or with financially supporting us.
Things we would really appreciate prayer for…
- Smallest GLW generally as he grows in security and safety, but also specifically as later this week he will be spending a day with his dad.
- Niece GLW, that she will find ways to recover and heal and access the support she needs.
- Smaller GLW’s ongoing diet and lifestyle changes, that his behaviour and health would continue to improve.
- A calm and safe Christmas for us all.
- Wisdom for us as we consider possible options for Smallest GLW’s legal status in our family, that Social Care and his parents would be supportive of any steps we take legally.
- Mr GLW and I to have wisdom in parenting all three children and dealing sensitively with the complex dynamics between them and between us all.
- Teen GLW and Smaller GLW’s ongoing acceptance of Smallest GLW as a sibling.
- God’s provision as we seek to find a way to be financially stable.
- Protection for us as we continue to seek to serve God both in our family and in our work and relationships.