Hey PC, sorry I didn't respond sooner. The realization that I didn't need to be perfect, or more importantly the realization that I couldn't be is still difficult for me to get a grasp on. Rosie is right, one day at a time. I would worry about things in the future and it would petrify me from doing anything today to get there. Good luck and yes, I have found a safe harbor here with this family.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.