This was the second call since getting kicked out of her friend Erica's house July 15th (where she had stayed since getting kicked out of our house at the end of May). She has been living with the same guy for about two or three weeks now I guess. She left a message on our voice mail. wife said she sounded shaky. She says she is scheduled to do a phone assessment with a facility downstate about 90 minutes from here, and then would have to wait two or three weeks for a bed. Wanted to know if she could have lunch with us and easy child 1 and bring some things for easy child 1's seventh birthday, which is this week. wife plans to call back and tell her no on the lunch (yay wife!) but will let her come to the house, leave the gifts, and get her mail while easy child 1 is in school, which starts Wednesday. by the way we had our youngest son here for a week on leave from the Navy before he heads out on "cruise" from September through March. We loaded him down with gifts for his birthday and Christmas since he will be on the boat for both. Our oldest son and his wife came up for three days while youngest was here. We had such a wonderful time. It sounds cold but difficult child's absence was sort of a blessing. We hardly even spoke of her. The boys and daughter in law got easy child 1 a "Hannah Montana" themed guitar (real, not a toy) for her birthday. She sure is getting to be a "big girl" now. wife and I are giving her a 20" bike -- she just got the training wheels off of her old bike at the beginning of the summer. The kids also gave wife, easy child 1 and me a Wii, just because! I am a Wii fiend now. (Pictures from the kid's visit here - go to the last post on the thread).