The notary met with Shelby and Ebony yesterday and they both signed the guardianship papers. Mike will file them with the Walton County Court tomorrow. Basically it gives us custody of both of the kids and neither of them can just come get them when released. There will be a plan of transition - one that shows they are acting as responsible people and parents, working, secure and stable place to live and so forth. It's a huge relief. The worst thing that could happen is that the kids get put back into and exposed to the lifestyle they had prior to all of this.
I spoke to Shelby tonight. She feels relieved that Ebony signed the papers as well. Ebony called me yesterday, after the notary had left the jail, and had all kinds of questions and still had somewhat of a tone like "I don't want y'all stealing my kids." I'm pretty sure I raised my voice to him and just unloaded pretty much everything I wrote in my last blog, Dear Shelby. I think that provided him with some relief.
Mike and I got into it a little bit today. He now too knows exactly how I feel about everything - and how unhappy I am living here. He seems to have had a memory lapse and doesn't remember all of the conversations prior to today's. He was somewhat conciliatory, and said he will eventually help me find another place to live. While I'm unhappy, I wouldn't do anything to cause great stress on Ellie's or Emma's life. I will eventually find another place to live - preferably a two-bedroom that will allow me to take the kids at times and Mike to take the kids - kinda like a divorced couple with kids. This would be their primary residence though. I'm good with that, because they have awesome rooms I designed. ;) Mike is learning the ins and outs of parenting too. I still see myself as probably taking more of the lead in Emma's care than Ellie's, but as she gets older, he'll feel more confident in handling her.