Report Cards…

Jun 28, 2011

Well, I was going to post sooner, but had my Dad here visiting, and didn’t get a chance to post. Rosy seems to be doing well on this med, and is home sick today. Second last day of school, and she is stuck at home (I’m sure she is missing out on some fun stuff, since they aren’t really teaching anything anymore).

I’m quite happy too! Rosy got her report card yesterday, and I have to say she has improved! There are still lots to work on, but I know that it is a process and I’m sure after the summer of getting her meds figured out, she will have an amazing year next year. She had one D, which I was kinda expecting, and only two C pluses, and the rest were As and Bs. I have to admit, I was expecting more Cs, but I’m very proud of her. With an IEP next year, I’m sure it will be better for her. I have to get out tonight and get some thank you cards for the teachers, as they worked so hard, to work with her and with us.

Well, I’m off to cuddle with her now. You can tell she’s sick when she wants to cuddle!

Will post again, later this week.

Have a great day!

Awards and Garage Sales

Jun 18, 2011
I mentioned that Rosy was getting an award. She got it yesterday at school. They have a Positive People Assembly a couple of times a year, and when the child get's an award they don't know about it until the assembly. Parents are called ahead of time, so that they can show up and be there to see their child receive an award. For two weeks I kept the award a secret! Rosy was thrilled to see us there, and assumed that her brother was getting an award (sad, but true). She was equally thrilled with getting her award! The award was for Personal Responsibility. The teacher told me that she was receiving it for how well she did in the last month. I am very proud of her! Sad part is the video that hubby tried to take didn't work! Oh well, I have the memory!

Okay, is it true that ADHD kids are pack rats? I know mine is anyway! We had a garage sale this morning, and I told Rosy that if she sold some things of hers that she was not reading or playing with, that we could get more books for her Kobo. Well, nope, she was not selling anything. "But I'm going to read those books," she said! Yeah, when?? Not something to fight over, but very frustrating! Her brother was the complete opposite and brought a ton of things down to the sale, and managed to sell about $26 worth of stuff. Money for him, since he stood out there and sold it.

So now it's quiet in the house, and I'm writing this blog. Gotta like it when hubby takes one out and the other is playing with a friend outside. I should get some things done around here. Have a great day everyone!

Why Romans 8:28...

Jun 15, 2011
I just thought I should share a little on why I have Romans 8:28 on the top of this page. On August 25, 2007 (I have it written in my Bible) I was reading Romans 8 and was reflecting on some things going on in our lives. Romans 8:28 stood out big time. So I highlighted it, and prayed that God would show me what that means with the situation we were dealing with at the time (an alcoholic in the family was slowly killing themselves, and it was very scary to watch). Over the last four years that verse has come up many times (I can't count the number). It's almost like God is hitting me in the head, saying you need to remember this, as you have seen in happen, and will see it again and again!

So two years pass (it's now 2009) and this person who is drinking themselves to death has a revelation of sorts and finally cleans up! This person has now been clean for almost two years! The sad part is how close to death the person came. I'm so thankful to God, because this person's ability to get free of that addiction is, in part, thanks to prayers from many people. I'm sure of that! So God worked all things together for good!

I'm now seeing the assault on my daughter is also God working together all things for good. If she hadn't been assaulted it would have taken a lot more time to get her assessed, and to find out that she has ADHD and PDD-NOS. She was already in counseling and all it took was a phone call and few weeks later we got to meet with the psychologist. Going through the system without her counselor would have taken a lot longer (the sad part of all these "systems" is the length of time to get kids the help that they need), possibly a year or two. Don't get me wrong, I hate the fact that she was assaulted, but I am glad that there was a small sliver of a silver lining to it happening. She is doing so much better in school right now! In fact she is getting an award on Friday (she doesn't know about it yet). I will share more about that in another post. I'm just so happy to see all the progress she is making now that she is getting help.

God is working all things together for good in all the moves that we have made too! Writing this stuff down is really helping me see that too. We moved from Barrie to Windsor (5 hour drive) for my hubby's work, and we met lots of great people down there. We then moved from Windsor to a place near Ottawa (which we now call home), which is an eight hour drive. Only my sister is close by (but still almost three hours away), and all the other family is at least five hours away. Church has helped, and we have great neighbours, so making some friends has been easier, than if we had moved to another location near family (I found we hung out with our family more than with our friends). Now we spend quality time with family when we are together. It's still hard (the loss of "free" babysitting sucks), but I think this is where we are supposed to be (even my Mom said that to me, and I'm sure it was hard for her to say).

I still get reminded regularly about this verse (on the radio just two weeks ago, and during a recent Bible study), and so I have to keep reminding myself about all the things that seem to work together for good, so that I don't get too stressed out. It's difficult some days, when Rosy is acting out and I'm about to rip my hair out, but I'm still learning to walk with God through this mess we call life.

Is there a verse that stands out for you? I would love to read about it!

(Next on my list is to figure out a signature for these posts....)

Quiet Birthday

Jun 11, 2011

Today Rosy turned 11! I still can’t believe it has been 11 years since she was born. Time really does fly.

We had an awesome day! Rosy and I went to the theatre to watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was great to see it on the big screen, and to be able to take Rosy to see it. She was a little young when it first came out. She really enjoyed herself. We left the theatre and I noticed a ferris wheel in the distance, and made the mistake of showing it to her. She wanted to go and told me that it was her birthday, so we should go. I calmly told her that we couldn’t go, and that it wouldn’t be fair to Flash. “But we can call them,” she said. I told her that it was too far, and no we needed to go for lunch. She was fine about it! This is a huge step in the right direction. Normally she would have had a fit in the parking lot, and then again in the car, repeating over and over that it is her birthday and we have to go. For her to mention only twice that it is her birthday and we should go, is wonderful for me! I hated when she got going about one thing for such a long period of time. It got so stressful having to go over and over that she wouldn’t be able to have that thing (or do that thing). I’m still kinda shocked about it.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing around the house, because of the weather. It looked like it was going to rain any second, even though it didn’t do much. Oh well. She had a great day and that’s what counts.

Rosy also got sleep last night, and that may have helped things too! I gave her 5mg of Melatonin instead of 3mg and she was asleep before 10pm! What a huge relief for hubby and I. We have told her that starting now, her lights out time is 9pm, and she is really excited about that. I think being able to read/relax a little more before going to sleep will help her even more. She will still have to be in bed at 8pm, but the extra half hour might be what she needs.

My next step is to get her swallowing the pills, and waking her up a little earlier to just have the pill and then letting her go back to sleep so that she can wake up ready to go. The last week has been awful in the mornings. She doesn’t want to get out of bed at all. One baby step at a time. Need her to get the sleep she needs first, cause if she isn’t she can’t get up (a merry-go-round we need to get her off of quickly).

So this is getting long! I will sign off for now. Hoping to post some more funny stories soon (gotta write them down as soon as they happen, or I forget…lol).

Who Wants An Outburst?

Jun 7, 2011
Not me! Well, we got a few tonight! Wow. All because I changed my mind and said Rosy couldn't watch TV! Oh, but I had told her that she could. No, I told her she might be able to. She fought about getting things for her bunny done, and that did it for Taz (hubby). He told her that we were getting rid of the bunny then, since she wasn't doing much to help care for him (it is supposed to be her's, and we help out, not me doing all the work). Well, that brought on another outburst from her, and then the one track mind about the bunny. Oh how I hate how she gets when all she can think of one thing. I finally got her talked down by gently talking to her. WOW! That's a big thing for me, as I usually start yelling back at her.

Emailing the doctor in the morning, as I don't know if this is the right drug now, or not. Will have to wait and see what she says.

Off to watch a movie with hubby and hopefully have a better night. Have a good night world!

Funny Happenings

I thought it would be a great idea to write down some of the funny things that happen around here (only so I don’t forget them…)

My Mom was visiting us last week. On our way to Flash’s (son’s “name”) soccer game, my Mom jokingly said, “What’s that bright yellow ball in the sky called?” (Turns out my Mom has been sun deprived over the last little while – it seems like clouds are following her). Flash looked over at her and seriously said, “Did you forget what the sun is, Grandma?” May be that this was a had to be there moment, but it was too funny. He was so serious, almost sounding concerned.

Okay, so that is only one, and I’m sure I could write more, but I should get the kids up and ready for school. Now that I have started, I better keep this up, and add some of the funny moments with Rosy too. She can get very negative, but also has a comedic side too.

Have a great day!

Wondering Why, and Being Thankful....

Jun 6, 2011
Well, Rosy has been on Biphentin for a week now. I emailed the doctor about her being up so late, and she told me to give it a week to settle down. She is still up quite late, but I plan on giving it a bit more time. The meds seem to be helping during the day, for sure! She had a wonderful week of school and did quite well every day.

This weekend she did awesome too. Helped that she had a new "toy." My Mom, Dad and brother all got together and got her a Kobo E-Reader for her birthday (her birthday is not till this coming Saturday, but what's a week?). She read so much over the weekend. She finished one book, and then I told her about the classics that were on the reader. Well, she decided she was going to read Peter Pan, and that's what she is doing. There was the odd issue with her being negative or having an attitude, but all in all it was a great weekend.

Now, I bet you are wondering about the title of this post? Well, I am wondering why God allows some of the things that he does! I just chatted with a cousin of mine, and her son has been diagnosed with DMD Muscular Dystrophy! I took a few minutes to read up on it, cause I didn't know what it was (we were chatting on facebook, and I didn't get a chance to ask more about it). Now I'm very sad and frustrated! Her beautiful son has an awful disease that will ultimately lead to his death in his late teen's or early twenties. And here I am dealing with my ADHD/PDD-NOS daughter. I understand that God gives us only so much that we can handle, but that is a tough one to handle, I'm sure. To know that your child is going to die in 15-20 years, really just sucks! I'm sitting here in tears writing this, because I'm so sad for my cousin and her family. I just don't know what I would do. I want to help, but how? Prayer, I know. But what to pray for. I want to pray for complete healing, but don't know if that is God's will. Ugghhh....

When I was a kid, I wanted to be older and be a mother and all that. Now, I would rather be back there, as a kid with not too much to worry about. My niece tells me she is stressed at 16. Well, I'm sorry, but stress at 16 is nothing! Yeah, I'm sure it is a little stressful, but I would take that stress over all the stress that I have lately, any day. Oh, and I know that I am supposed to be laying all my worries at Jesus' feet, and I try too, but hey I'm human.

I do have to be thankful though. I have two kids, that are wonderful, and I love dearly. I have a wonderful husband who is very supportive, and very loving. I have some awesome friends too. So, I do have a ton to be thankful for. So, thank you God for all you have placed in my life. I pray your blessing over my cousin and her family, and I pray your healing touch on that adorable boy who should not have to be dealing with such an awful disease! In your mighty name, Jesus, I pray. AMEN!