Friday, October 16, 2009

Catching up and finding blessings to count

My friend Chan is having a contest. She wrote a wonderful blog post about celebrating life and counting your blessings.

This seemed like the perfect topic for me to jump back into blogging.

So much has happened in the two and a half months since I last talked to you. The kids are going to a new school, my cousin had a baby (a boy), my parents headed back to their place in Florida, Elliot played Fall Ball and Alex had a birthday. He is 12, a pre-teen. Hard to believe. For his birthday he got an I-touch (I don't even have one), that was the only thing he really wanted. Below is the sock I knit for his I-touch.

As far as blessing go, I have many. Right now one stands out the most, has made the biggest impact on our life. The new school that the kids are attending is the local Montessori. It is the perfect place for Alex. They truly care and have great concern for the students. It goes well beyond how they are doing academically and into how they are developing as people. If you have been with me for sometime you know that Alex has some emotional and mental challenges. Starting 6th grade at the neighborhood middle school was not an option. The pressure, chaos and sheer number of people would have been too much for him. He has loved the school from day one. Recently when he began having "bad days" I did not worry. I know
that he is in good hands. They understand and want to help him. No one makes him feel worse or criticizes him for his anxiety. The most wonderful thing about the school is that they allow children to be different, to have personalities and to express themselves. They are not being smothered or forced into a mold, of what the school powers that be think is acceptable.
We were a baseball family again this Fall. Elliot has really improved since the Spring season. He is hitting harder and enjoying being catcher. The coach said that he was most improved from the Spring season. It was lots of fun watching the boys play. We met some wonderful people and when next Spring season comes around he wants to stay with his coach.
It will be his third season with this coach.
Olivia is doing well and making new friends. She has a birthday at the end of the month so watch for more about her.


  1. Thanks so much for posting this update--it's good to know that you and yours are doing well.

    And I'm so happy to hear about your Montessori experience! My husband attended a Montessori preschool many years ago and still remembers it vividly and very positively--so much so, that when our daughter was ready for preschool it was a no-brainer for us to go Montessori.

    I love the way this educational practice/philosophy respects each child's individual and emphasizes helping kids learn to love learning. I hope your kids continue to thrive in their new school!

  2. Thank you, thank you for sharing your great news with us! It's a wonderful feeling when you know your children are being taught in a fashion that is best for them.

  3. Thanks for sharing the update on what's been going on in your life. I'm so glad to hear that you've got a school that seems to be so positive for your son!

  4. I'm so glad the new school is working out so well. What a difference!

  5. Oh, good, I'm glad the school is going so well. Good to see those smiles! And the puppy! A Grand Pyrenees mix? Wow--my husband is 6'8" and once had a Grand Pyrenees put its nose on his chest with all four of its feet on the ground. The thing was a pony!


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