I am so excited to be able to get back to writing. I know it has been a few months, but life sometimes gets crazy and while you are busy trying to hold it all together, you sometimes crack. I cracked, and this blog had to take a backseat to family issues. And that’s okay! And now that life is getting back on a more even keel, I thought it would be a good time to bring you all up to speed on the happenings around our homestead. So join me for a quick flashback of what’s been going on….
You may or may not know, the oldest country kid is on the autism spectrum, has ADHD and oppositional defiance order. His behavior was WAY out of control, so at the end of the school year we shipped him off to my parents for a month, hopping they could get him under control.
I took that time to have a nervous breakdown and started the long road to making myself a better me, for myself and family. It’s been a struggle, and while the panic attacks are fewer and farther between now, I still have to work at being calm and letting things go.
The oldest country kid came home, hubby and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, and we tried our best to get our family put back together. We worked hard around the homestead and in the garden, the country kids were busy making projects for the fair and hubby was about to become famous!
August means meany things to many folks, but for us it means Fair Week! The whole family entered this year and did well. Our “adopted” college daughter returned for her sophomore year at MSU. And Stewie the parakeet found love with his new girlfriend, Shelia. The oldest country kid continued to struggle, I still had panic attacks, but somehow we made it another month.
While the oldest country kid’s behavior hadn’t improved much over the summer, I managed to keep holding it together mentally. I also started working on my physical health and as of my last doctor’s appointment, I had lost over 50 pounds! I was also offered a book deal! That’s right, folks, this lady is currently working on a book!
We are finally seeing some behavior changes in the oldest country kid. He still struggles but I can see him trying to behave better. We took our annual family Halloween camping trip and just last week the littlest country kid and I went on a 36 hour adventure to Mackinac island. The littlest country kid and I biked all the way around the island, 8.2 miles! Not bad for a lady who hadn’t ridden a bike in a couple decades!
So there it is in a nut shell. We fell apart, we pulled it together, and it seems that through all the hard work things might actually be on the upswing. We continue to care for our critters, take on new challenges, but most of all, even when things were at their worst, we loved each other and kept trying. And thankfully, there were some awesome moments along the way. Our family may not be perfect, who am I kidding, we are no where close to it, but we are real, we live with love, and we stick by each other through the ups and downs.
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