So here we are. It's December. I am 100% positive that somehow we skipped a month this fall. Because, truly, how else do you explain that it's already December 9th???
See. I told you.
Outside my window we have a beautiful winter day. Sun is shining and we have lots of snow and it's only around freezing, so not terribly cold. I like.
Another week and a half left of school before Christmas break. Our kids will have one semester under the belt in their new schools, and over all, it's gone quite well. It's easy to get caught remembering the lost books, the forgotten homework, the missed opportunities to study, moments of frustration oven papers misplaces etc, but when I look at the big picture, I realize those are minor bumps. If I have time to worry about those things, my life must be pretty easy, and normal!
Our kids that are in elementary school are all doing fine. The younger girls are not gonna win any spelling bee any time soon, but they seem to be making friends, having fun and are keeping up OK. Our Kindergarten boy is doing so awesome! I went for an observation visit in his classroom and talked with his teachers, and they only had good things to say about our little guy. I am so thankful. The night before he started school my hubby and I hardly slept, but prayed a lot on his behalf... We were both so worried about sending him away. Would he listen? Would he behave? Would he be happy? Would he enjoy himself? Fortunately we can say yes to all of the above.
Our 13 year old is preparing for high school next fall and she's getting excited about being a "big kid"! She's reading all the information they are getting and wondering what courses to pick. I am SO happy to see her excited about high school, especially since she for a long time was resisting anything that applied to "growing up". She didn't want to become a stupid teenager. High school seemed scary. Well, she turned 13 and somehow she's managing just fine ;)
Our 11 year old is plugging along as usual. She's spunky and fun and our most reliable kid. She does well in school and does what she needs to do without being reminded very often. 1 out of 8 like that! Not bad!! He, he.
Our teens.... Well. Our 16 year old is off to la-la-land. Also known as "boyfriend land". Yup. Our oldest is dating. We had 17 years old for age limit, but since she's always been pretty advanced, she started dating 4 months early, so she's right on track according to "her" normal.
It is weird. Really weird. And I wasn't prepared for it at all. She has always maintained that she wasn't going to start dating before she was well past 20. Like, 25, or so.
Silly me. I believed it!! And I think she did too! Until this tall, charming boy made her head turn into a balloon on a string! Fortunately for her (and him!!) we approve of Prince Charming. He really is a very nice guy.
Our 15 year old has had a pretty rough 6 months. We moved away from where she loves to live. She had to start a new school and get to know new "everything" (she's doing well with friends etc, so that's nice). Then her pesky older sister, who has been her best friend since babyhood, starts working = gone a lot. To top it off, this same sister goes and finds a boyfriend! Without permission from her. NOT easy.
It's like all the things she relies on, keeps getting ripped away from her. She does like to go to school though, and that I am very grateful for. However, her grades are dropping fast and hard. She does what she needs to do in class, and she does it very well, but she does NOT hand in assignments, does not study for tests, does not do her homework. (we are working on these things and she's making progress) This girl has always had a great big temper. She has always been very sweet and sensitive as well. There has been a lot of many things.
We are now finally figuring out what most likely has been her challenge for many years, and are waiting for a diagnosis of ADHD. She's very open and positive about this, and can't wait to feel better. She also struggles with OCD and anxiety, so there's a lot on her plate.
The ball is now rolling though, and she's starting therapy and might need to go on some medication. It's hard not to worry. It's hard not to feel guilty. It's hard not to feel pain and sadness.
I hope and pray this will be a turning point for her. She has so much potential. In her construction class she has the highest percentage. She's so good at so many things. My heart goes out to her and wish she could see herself in my eyes. That she could see how awesome she is, how smart and beautiful she is. She has the most generous, thoughtful nature, but sometimes a switch goes off in her head, and all those wonderful things get overshadowed by some real struggles.
I need to remember this great, awesome saying that a good friend of mine sent me
"If you have time to worry, you have time to pray"
I need to remember to pray more and worry less.