I have felt like writing MORE in the past month than I have in the past several months, but due to the busyness of life, have NOT been able to get here.
Just wanted to quickly update and touch base.
I gave my notice at my job at the end of April, fully intending to stay home full-time due to a number of reasons. Thankfully, my supervisor was willing to work with me, as I really needed to reduce hours and spend more time in summer at home with the kids. So, I am working a reduced number of hours during summer, with the intent to increase hours (only slightly) once school starts. We are thankful for this.
One of the primary reasons for this change is that we received a Spectrum Disorder diagnosis for our oldest, Curly. It was not a surprise. In fact, we had to really fight for this diagnosis. But between Greg’s ability to diagnose this condition and the signs we have seen for so long, it was a blessing in the end. Over the past school year, we were at work with teachers & counselors at the school and finally obtained an IEP so she can get the educational assistance she needs. They were able to provide this before our diagnosis, but that just ensures that her ability to be successful in school.
The diagnosis also provides explanation for so many things that have occurred over the past calendar year in our lives. It has been difficult, to say the least. And not just for Roy or me. We have seen a lot of new behaviors emerge – likely impacted to some degree by impending puberty – and I think for us (as her parents) we understand why some lessons are so very difficult for her to process and learn. We have ongoing challenges in some specific areas and sometimes we have been at our Wit’s End trying to teach lifelong lessons.
While we don’t see High-Functioning Autism (Spectrum Disorder) as an excuse for misbehavior, we have to learn new ways to teach Curly because learning – for her – is different.
Along with that, we got a puppy. Not just any puppy. A beagle puppy.
I caved to my husband who has been begging for a puppy for ages. We were “backup” when a friend’s daughter was giving away a puppy. So we got Buddy. He is 6 months old.
Puppies are very busy.
We do not have a lot of big plans for summer – but lots of little plans here and there. We get to have some company in a few weeks. And THAT is very exciting. I will write more about that later I hope…
I’ve been hanging with my friend Christie on Thursday evenings learning about how to build a Family Prayer Binder. It has been really good (even though I have fallen off the wagon here and there). And I will be starting the Bible Study “Armor of God” again next week. I tried it earlier this spring, but missed almost half of the sessions for one reason or another (including 2 flat tires which occurred on 2 different nights right before Bible study…) Between the two things, I’m finding a burning desire to really battle on behalf of my family in a way I haven’t done before.
The kids & I plan to spend some time relaxing this summer – swimming, visiting our local nature park, watching movies at home. I can’t tell you how much I actually enjoy hanging clothes to dry on my lines out back.
I even had a change in the look of my blog – but didn’t get to announce it because it’s been so busy. I hope you will visit it and let me know what you think about it…
I want to share 2 things with you real quickly –
Are you familiar with Grove Collaborative? It used to be called epantry and is a website that offers a variety of products and brands that are eco-friendly at a discount. Brands include Seventh Generation, Mrs Meyers, and Method. I’ve been ordering from them for several months now – trying out new products – and really loving some of the products I’ve found. This is my link if you want to go check it out. If you are a new customer and place an order through this link, you will save $10 on your first order (and I will get a $10 credit on my account too!) During the spring I was able to stock up on Lilac and Peony scented cleaning products by Mrs Meyers that I. Just. Love. It is actually a pleasant experience to clean my kitchen.
Next week, the Ultimate Bundles is going to have an Herb and Essential Oils Super Bundle!!! It launches next Wednesday. If you have any interest in Essential Oils or Herbal wellness at all, sign up at the link to receive an email with all the details next week! This does NOT sign you up for the bundle itself, just for notifications about the bundle when it becomes available and what’s included in it! I have always found the Ultimate Bundles to be worth so much more than the price I have paid – and I am enjoying the Ultimate Homekeeping Bundle I purchased 2 months ago!