Well, they finally moved Shelby out of jail in LA and into the Central California Women's Facility. I don't know if this is where she'll be serving the remainder of her sentence or if they'll move her again. Based on the last phone conversation, it sounded like this might be a temporary spot for sorting people out and determining where they will go - based on their crimes and sentences and so forth.
Ebony was also moved. We originally thought he'd be serving his time in the detention center but word has it that he was able to negotiate that he be moved to a prison instead of having to stay in the detention center - which is worse than prison. I think Ebony was moved two weeks ago. It looks like Shelby was moved yesterday.
They don't let them take much of their stuff with them when they transfer, so Shelby mailed me all of the photos I had sent her along with a few others, and asked that I send them back to her once she has a permanent address. In the photos was one I hadn't seen. It was a photo of her at the hospital, right after she had Emma.
Another thing happened today. The guardianship papers went through and the court granted us the legal guardians of the children. This will allow many things to happen now (insurance for one) and it will also serve as protection in case Ebony and/or Shelby get out and want to just come snatch up the kids. There will need to be a process they have to go through and reintegrate themselves back into their children's lives. They need to prove themselves responsible adults - they work and can provide a stable household for their children and are up to no shenanigans.
So, that's where things are now. I'm currently looking for an activity to get Ellie involved in - soccer or some sort of sports. He's a good runner, maybe something like track. I'm also looking for something for Emma - like infant aquatics. It'll be useful for us both.
That's about all for now. I'm still trying to find a job and looking for a place to live in the city. Mike and I will share custody of the kids, like a normal divorced couple with kids. It's just not working out here. The kids will be fine.
Everything will be okay. Eventually.
Oh, by the way, check out the tool kit Sesame Street has for children with incarcerated parents: