Suddenly it is Christmas and I seemed to have missed two whole months here on this blog. This picture is horrible, a picture of a picture but you get the idea. One little boy I know is very excited about a visit from Santa. There is something wonderful about believing in all things magic at this time of year. I feel he will be very pleased, even if our Christmas is very different from years past.
Things have been exceptionally difficult these past few months. Navigating a divorce, and a not very friendly one at that, is hard while working and taking care of my special boy. His school continues to not be helpful as far as challenging him intellectually, and now just as I suspected, he is falling behind. So this Christmas break we will be working on writing and math, reading comprehension and test taking. All to even keep him remotely close to what his neurotypical peers are learning. I certainly wish I had not followed the advice of so many and put him in this school for children who learn differently. It really was a combination of a new principal/administration and a new teacher that does not have the ability to understand Little Buddy that has created this mess. We need to finish the year and move forward, whatever that might look like in the future.
Still with all that is going on I am blessed to have wonderful support. And I want to thank you all for sticking with me here in this space. Your emails and kind thoughts have warmed my heart more than you will ever know. Checking on us here when I am not posting just means the world to me. It is so lovely not to be forgotten.
I wish you all the very best Holiday. Stay warm and safe, love those you can up close and send love to those far away. I am sending you all a very big hug filled with love and gratitude for being so wonderful.
Dear Meredith, I wish you and Little Buddy all the best in the coming year. And I do hope that you and your whole family have a Merry Christmas.
Dorothy in Va.
It was great to see your post, Mere. Hope you and LB have a wonderful Christmas and a better New Year. Lots of hugs!
Merry Christmas and a happier New year to you Meredith, and a special Merry Christmas to Little Buddy, who I have watch grow up over the years from afar in Oregon...
Happy Christmas Meredith and Little Buddy. I hope that next year will be full of joy and happiness. Hugs to you xx
Hugs to you, Meredith. Things will get better. Wishing you a great New Year.
All the best for a happy Christmas and New Year. Little Buddy looks so happy and so grown up. Hope things improve in the coming year. You are in our thoughts.
Wishing you and all your loved ones all the best for a wonderful Christmas.
Yay!! You are back-- I have missed hearing updates on Little Buddy and on you. I am sending lots and lots of good thoughts that 2023 will be a better year for both you and for Little Buddy-- a chance for changes and for moving on...
So sorry to hear about all the problems you are having Meredith, I hope you have a lovely Christmas and that 2023 is a better one for you, sending love and lots of hugs. Xx
Merry Christmas Mere! I think about your kindness and generosity often. I'm wishing you and your boys all the best in the year to come as you find your way through this difficult time.
Wishing you, Little Buddy and your big boys a very Merry Christmas. Hoping that 2023 is an easier and better year for you (and all of us).
Merry Christmas, Meredith! I hope you and Little Buddy (and your older sons, if they were with you today) had a lovely holiday. Here's hoping the new year will bring peace and breathing room to you.
it does help a dark day to know you have the light of friends along side of you! Here's to a happy New Year!
Good to read another blog post from you, Meredith. Hope you had a good Christmas day with Little Buddy. I like seeing his smiling face. Hopefully life will get better in 2023 and beyond. You're in my thoughts and prayers. We had an icy day late Thursday and all day Friday. Icy roads and sidewalks around town . I'm glad it's finally above freezing again. Happy New Year. 😊
I hope 2023 is filled with love, happiness and luck!! Merry Christmas!
So good to see you here and to get an update. I have nothing but the highest hopes for you and yours in 2023. May it be a smooth, serene, and healthy year for you in your new home.
Dear Meredith, it's so lovely to see a pic of LB enjoying his visit to Santa. You must honestly be one of the strongest people ever, to be going through all that you're going through and still having the energy to take such wonderful good care of him. People always say take care of yourself too, and I know that is so very hard to do when you have so much to accomplish, so I really hope that your lovely older boys and their parters are helping out too and taking care of Mom, and that you have good friends who can also help and listen. sending you and your family so much love xoxoxo frances
It's great seeing your post, and I have to say LB isn't so L any more! He's really growing up. I'm so sorry to hear that the struggles continue and here's hoping the new year brings some changes for the good. I'm thinking of you and yours.
I hope Little Buddy was happy with his gifts from Santa, and I wish you the gifts of peace and strength to deal with whatever comes your way this year.
May 2023 be a better year for all.
Happy New Year.
Happy Christmas to you and so sorry to hear you are going through such a difficult time. I hope things improve and you get some peace in the new year. Take care of yourselves. x
So glad to catch up with you and Little Buddy again at Christmas. Many thoughts for happiness for you and all your family, including your sister and hubby whose blog I follow too.
As a retired teacher I am so sad to hear of the bad experiences at Buddy's new school. I am totally on your side without really knowing all the circumstances because I always believed that a child's parents know him best. The professional has something valuable to offer...usually.. but only when their expertise matches the real needs not the "professinal"imagined needs of the child.
I am a mother of four, one with slight autism so I know from both sides of the coin how difficult it can be to make people understand.
As others have said you are doing an amazing job,keep doing it and in the future you will look on this time as something you "got through" and be proud of yourself for it.
Many best wishes
Megan from Wales XX
Hope you are enjoying the holiday season and looking forward to the new year, dear Meredith.
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Meredith! Best wishes for a New Year filled with peace, joy and good health!
Merry Christmas, Meredith.
Life is no sugar cane, that's for sure. It isn't fair either. With that in mind, we go on. Life is also wonderful.
I wish you all the best in the new year coming soon. All the best to little Buddy in school, too.
There is one thing about life: Everybody needs to find and should be looking for the spot where s/he belongs and feels safe and warm, as you are writing.
I'm so glad to hear from you, Mere. And, that you are having a good Christmas after a grim year. It sounds as though some of the challenges will continue for a bit and the school is an especially frustrating and disturbing one but my hope is that as time goes by a solution will make itself clear. I so admire that you have been able to negotiate this bumpy path and still come out with a smile. Sending love and all good wishes for a beautiful new year with many joys.
I was pleased to see you posted, Thinking of you and yours this Christmas season. Happy New Year x
Alison in Wales x
Dear Mere. Wishing you and little Buddy a super New Year full of joy, peace and better things to come. Take care Amanda xx
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