So many things I want to post about.  So little time to actually post about it.

Here's another "catch up" on us...with a vow from me to blog each day from here forward, because it helps me see the humor in the absurd and to let go of some of the stress.


  1. I've been traveling for work.  A LOT.  I was gone for approximately two straight weeks.  I'm now on a week-long stint at home before heading out again for the next couple of weeks.
  2. I'm doing my best to maintain my sanity and get things done.  When you are gone that much there is A LOT to get done at home when you are there.  Especially since school is about to start.
  3. I am still doing an "okay" job of taking car of myself.  The sleep machine has been a blessing, because now at times I actually feel almost rested.
  4. I was asked to be a foster parent mentor through my agency.
Middle Boy

  1. After two attempts he is a licensed driver.  The first attempt really wasn't an attempt though.  He drove us to the DMV and when we got to the parking lot he had a flashback/meltdown.  He was SCREAMING and CRYING about how he didn't deserve a driver's license, because he was just like his dad.  He talked about how he almost hit a kid on the way there.  (There was no kid.)  The second trip was smooth and he passed with flying colors.  The first trip was just a reminder that sometimes things which should be happy just aren't.
  2. He is handling house arrest fairly well.  Probably better than I am.  We met with a probation officer yesterday and it is possible he will be off house arrest before school starts.  At the latest it will be September 16th which is the date of his next hearing.
  3. We picked up his school schedule on Monday.  I don't get it.  We filled out this form of classes at the end of the school year last year.  It was as if they completely disregarded the form.  He is in two classes there is NO WAY we signed up for.  One is something we were avoiding and the other is a continuation of something he failed last year.  How does that even make sense?  So now I am trying to get a hold of his guidance counselor to figure out what on earth is going on.  Of course, this is not making him happy nor does he have patience to wait for the counselor to call back.
  4. He is still "looking" for a job.  Our definitions of this do not match, but he is making positive steps forward.
  5. He has been training Max and doing a good job.

Younger Boy

  1. He is a handful.
  2. He went to camp and did great EXCEPT for the day I went to help out.  That day he refused to go into the dining room at lunch and had a complete meltdown over a comb at shower time.
  3. AHHH...shower time.  He still isn't.  For those of you thinking...just tell him to shower.  Gosh...that hasn't occurred to me.  He won't.  He went eleven days without showering.  I have come up with an incentive.  The new rule is that you cannot participate in any activity which may make you sweat if you are not going to shower.  It has been working for three days.  Of course I had to explain to him that the rule didn't only apply to Saturday and Sunday.
  4. We have had more behavioral issues than I care to include.  He told his therapist that he can't learn to respect me, because there is no dad.  She told him he is full of it and that is an excuse.  Busted.
  5. This week he told his therapist he thinks people understand your behaviors better than using your words.  Really?  That's what you WANT...that is not reality.
  6. He is irritated with me because I contacted his school to reinforce that sleeping is not allowed under ANY circumstance.  We aren't going to start the year with his dissociative behaviors and get behind in everything again.

  1. He is going back to college instead of online classes.
  2. He is going to continue to live with us....indefinitely.
  3. He is such a HUGE blessing to our family.  God...thank you for showing us we needed him.

  1. She is still the alpha dog, but I am the pack leader.
  2. She has some routines that make me smile.  Like sleeping in my bed with her head on the other pillow and her body under the covers.  Adorable.
  3. She has some routines that drive me crazy.  Like whining while we are eating, because I might have spoiled her.


  1. He is a big lug.  No other way to describe him. 
  2. At twenty weeks he weighs 45 pounds.  He believes he is a lap dog.
  3. He is such a puppy and uncoordinated and all those funny things.
  4. He is a slobberer.  Not my favorite.

Thanks for continuing to pray for us. 

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