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Daily Prompt: Goals

When you started your blog, did you set any goals? Have you achieved them? Have they changed at all?

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The following is what I wrote that first blog day ( 12-31-2010) …k2527826

These were my goalsk8525651

I achieved them… by writing about my “Special Kids” for a whole yeark0662770

I don’t know how many readx22042384how many learned anything… k13912041how many people even made comments at that time…k12892580

but, my goal was obtainedk13456422

I also had as a goal to make this year of writing… about  “my kids”… into a bookcfr0052

That I haven’t done… but, has not been forgotten vmo0481

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I have decided to start a blog… I am learning… but, have decided to try new things this year… I’ve always wanted to tell about my experiences while working with “Special Ed” children… I call them “my kids”… This experience began over 30 years ago… when my youngest son was just a baby… we were at a park with my two boys, my sister and her kids and my Mother… We often took a picnic lunch to the park to let the kids play… We took whatever we had in the house, which could be peanut butter and jelly or tuna fish sandwiches… Kool Aid a must!…  A  group of children under supervision of a young man and others were there also… As we were walking around… watching the kids play, a young boy approached us and started saying, “baby, baby”… He was reaching for “my baby” and got a hold of him and wouldn’t let go… My sister was getting excited and hollered for our Mother to help her… By this time a young man who I had seen with this group of children came running up and got the boy… giving us much relief… He said, “I’m sorry that the boy had grabbed the baby, but he meant no harm”… We found out that the children were “retarded”  children as we called them at that time… We left soon after… with a tale to tell my husband and others… I didn’t know that would be the beginning of my experiences with these “Special Kids”… I had a cousin with cerebral palsy… He was very smart,but lived in a twisted body with speech hardly recognizable… I liked him… but, didn’t really understand his health problems except through what I overheard from family… He had a great sense of humor and he loved my Dad… who would make special visits to see him even though it was some distance from our house… Dad was a joke teller and my cousin would get so tickled!…  I remember him using a typewriter… so I knew he had to be smart, just hard to get around and talk normal… Oh, how advanced he could have been if he had lived to use all the equipment that has been invented for people with his disabilities… I would say his disability was more physical and but as you will read later “mental” disabilities can be even harder…

My stories progressed after this… dealing with the issues I dealt with as a Teacher Assistant with these most Special Children“… k0662770“My Kids”…

Voices In The Morning…

I was awakened by the telephone ringing 075d3923 I glanced at the clock as I answered… Wow!… 9:00am already  122271H … we had slept in longer this morning… I believe we are a little tired from all of the hustle-bustle… but, we don’t realize it until our bodies tell us…

My first thought was that it was my cousin calling from Tennessee k11451534 … on her way to work… Then… my thought went immediately to my sister who has had a bad case of Vertigo k10941916… and so sick!…

But, to my surprise… it was my youngest son… the one with the 3 children… He asked how we were… and then commented on us still being asleep… I say, “It does seem we sleep a little longer now that we are both retired”… probably because we stay up later if we want… Actually… we are just whooped from the Holidays!

I hear kids voices happy… laughing… and a little loud k10364090k4603845for my ears so early… but, a good sound!…

I comment that they are up early and playing… and Brian says, “Carson had his friend spend the night… and that they are playing X-Box 05891078000… That answered any question immediately!… BOYS!…

He says, “They are actually being really good… just a little loud“…

Now, you have to know that my son/wife and 3 kids are living with his in-laws until they buy a new home  jba0061 or start building… They have sold theirs and are in the process of finding “that certain home” that they will be living in for the rest of their lives… Have looked at so many… I’ve lost track… and have not gotten several due to their bid not being the right price k7765577… They have been with her parents for about a month… and even though cramped… doing OK!… I loved hearing all of the tales from each one as they visited Christmas Eve…

He then says…”We got that house we wanted! The one we looked at over a month ago!”… and I say, “The one with the woods in the back?” k4398175 … and he says… “YES!”

“How?”… I ask… and he said, “We  just decided to take a chance and talk to the builder  sps0679 and his wife again”… and they accepted our offer”…

He was elated!… and I know Melanie was too…

So… in a month they will be moving… and will get to begin the new year in their new home…

His in-laws will have their home back to themselves  k9599158 … and I bet it will feel quite a bit larger after the 5 of them

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+ Wickett, their dog

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… are gone…They will always have lots of little memories of the time they shared their home… maybe even a little sadness k11420335 might creep in… when they don’t hear those happy little voices  k0316635 so early in the morning…

One Lovely Blogging Award… About “Me”!

Gift…

I was nominated for from Terry… a fellow blogger I have been following lately… You usually have to tell a few things about yourself… This was my inspiration

Things about me:

1. I found the Lord in my twenties… We’ve had many conversations… He leads me now in all my decisions…

2. Love my little family of a wonderful caring husband of 43 years… two sons who mean the word to me… 3 grandchildren who I adore… a lovely daughter-in-law married to my youngest son… smart, loving and a wonderful addition to our family…

3. Love anything “artsy”… colors… decorating… old things … new things…

4. I was blessed with the God given talent of drawing/painting/an eye for putting things together

5. Love nature… flowers/animals/birds/anything that grows and adds to our wonderful Earth

6. Money to me is having enough to meet my needs“wants” are just an extra blessing

7. Loved working with Special Ed” children for 30+ years… The things I learned from them was awesome!

8. My extended family of brothers/ sisters/ nieces/ nephews/ aunts/ uncles/ cousins/ friends/ neighbors… keeps me grounded and blessed with having them to share their lives with me.

9. My blogging acquaintances have been an added blessing… Have learned what others have to endure… the happiness they share… the combined loyalty that people who haven’t even met personally can have… Isn’t that a good thing!

10. Finally… The freedom to live in such a wonderful Land… The people who have fought and are still fighting for the Freedom for me to be “ME”…I have such gratitude to all of our warriors… Giving of themselves… where I can lead my everyday life having all of the things listed above… Thanks goes to you!