Hello my friends!
First I have to share one of my favorite memes . . .
Tis the season to be busy. Maybe too busy. I am so sorry that I’ve fallen behind in every respect. I wish I could say I had amazing things to report, but alas, I do not. I’ve just been trying to keep up with the craziness of life.
We had Halloween, and then all the sudden it was Thanksgiving. My kids had conferences at school, and I’ve spent every day stressing that my youngest (precious adopted daughter) might have yet again been lying, stealing, or sneaking all day long at school.
I ended up with heartburn this afternoon because of my worry over her behavior, then come to find out she stole a toy from her brother and gave it to another kid at school. Another boy who is friends with her brother told him that he saw her giving the other kid the toy. Needless to say, it really hurt him to know his sister would do that.
This is a rather serious snippet of what things have been like, deteriorating little by little as the school year progresses. Between prescription meds, regular therapy, and self-help books up the wazoo, I’m doing everything I can to help her make better choices. This is just a quick description, so it doesn’t even cover everything that we think and feel going through the process of helping a sweet little girl cope with a tough life beginning.
A lot of days, like today, I’m feeling discouraged, but I’ll keep praying and keep loving, and keep saying all the things that she needs to hear–the loving and the hard stuff–so that I can know that I have loved her with a never ending, always hoping, always encouraging, always there for her sort of love. And I want the same for all my kids. They are each so different and special to me. It’s hard to be a mom and not worry about your kids’ futures, but I certainly don’t want to lose hope.
And I’ll just stop here to share my other favorite meme . . .
I know this is an odd excuse to make for my relative personal silence and inconsistency here over the last few months, but I’ve just been putting a ton of energy into these little lives. Today I just needed to share. I’m running out of steam and am tired, but I have soooooo much to be thankful for.
Tomorrow is the debut of Book 3 in my series, Chronicles of the Twelve Realms. The Treasonous is going to be great! That’s something to look forward to. I’m happy to share it.
And I’ve got some ideas for my email newsletter that I’m excited about. I’d love it if you’d sign up to receive it if you haven’t already (and if you have, THANK YOU!!! ❤ ). I’ll hopefully be sending them out more regularly with interesting information and extras. I have thus far not been great at it.
What sorts of things have been keeping you busy lately?