I have a love/hate relationship with Mondays. On the one hand, I’m devastated that a fun weekend has come to a close. But, on the other hand, I love the idea of a clean slate and a fresh new week. So many opportunities and things to be accomplished!
Last week was a notable week for many reasons. First, I want to express my gratitude to the many veterans who have selflessly served our country. Without your sacrifices, I may not have the freedom of speech to blog, or indeed live my life as I wish, and I appreciate you.
I’d also like to say thank you, so very much, to my friends and readers who shared my previous post, http://bestmademislaidplans.net/it-really-is-not-ok/. My blog generally gets about 40-50 hits for a new post, and I’m grateful for every reader. It’s my hope that what I write will be an encouragement, especially to families that are just starting their special needs journeys.
But, that post really seemed to hit a nerve! In the five days since I’ve published, my blog has received about 475 hits. I’ve had several comments, especially on my Facebook page, about how difficult it can be to correct or teach our children in public. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading, sharing and letting me know that I’m not alone in this journey. It means so much!
Last week was also notable because Brad got an extra day of weekend, and we love having him at home with us! We took a field trip on Saturday to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and we had a great time. The beautiful, complex and endlessly unique varieties of fish make me so thankful for a God who creates so many wonders for us to enjoy.
On Sunday, we went to church and then to small group at our friends’ home. At some point, I’m going to write a post about the awesome ministry our church has for people with special needs, and about a very wonderful event coming up that has me so excited!
But now it’s Monday, and we’re looking to the week ahead. in addition to regular schoolwork, we’ve got some extra appointments. Hope has a doctor’s visit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Because of an unfortunate incident the last time we used public transportation, the train is no longer an option for us. So I’ll be driving there and back. Not my favorite thing!
I also received this comment on my Facebook page about my last post, “I guess I would say, you can’t protect her always, and she needs to learn on her own about personal boundaries and at some point someone (else), will correct her, which will become part of what she needs to learn…meanwhile she’s “reading” these mom’s and so far it’s been a non-issue, in fact they may have enjoyed her gift of saying “hello” in the way she says it. I guess I would say, correct her, but also allow the process?”
I appreciate this comment so much. The fact is, though, that this approach isn’t successful for a large percentage of our children with developmental disabilities. The reasons are many and complex, and I’ve been thinking about how to best explain for the past several days.
This is a great chance to educate and discuss, and I’m working on a blog post to answer this comment. I’m hoping to have it published in the next couple of days, but if you have any input or experiences to share, please feel free to leave a comment here or on Facebook (my link is at the bottom of the post).
So again, thank you for the part you played in helping me with my previous post, and for taking the time to read my posts. I’m honored that you are spending some of your valuable time with me. Now, on to the week ahead!