This blog began with a foray into parts unknown in 1996, as I dipped my toe into the big, scary Internet where every stranger was a serial killer and the whole thing was new. Through several different iterations, from that GeoCities website I started to my first blog at WordPress.com and on to this site, it’s been fun.
Well, it’s been work AND fun and even a little tiny bit of income, but mostly it’s just been fun. But all things eventually end.
You know I’ve been quiet this past year. It’s been a busy year, which, if you follow me on Instagram @MommaKnows or @TerrapinSilver you have seen the changes.
The boys, our two youngest, are growing up.
He’s come a long way since three-times-weekly therapies and speech and sensory seeking and DISAPPEARING at the most inopportune times. Well okay, he still disappears but at least now a quick text is all it takes to find him. Autism and ADHD will always be part of him, but they are not ALL of him.
He is looking forward to adulthood. He got his driver’s license in August. He received a Career and Technical Education scholarship for $3000 to attend a local welding school. He graduated from welding school and he’s applying for jobs now. He has a future. He’s found a niche he loves and is comfortable operating in. He will be able to support himself and live on his own. This has always, always been our hope, prayer, and GOAL.
And that’s huge.
D2 had the busiest summer of his life.
He was enrolled in a STEM high school’s summer Beginning BioMedical Science program. He went from 7:30am-3pm, Monday thru Friday. He also worked from 3:30-5:30 at the dojo four afternoons a week, so that didn’t leave much time for… anything. Usually, he’d just eat a sandwich in my car on the way to the dojo. He came home from work, had dinner and a couple of hours’ downtime before heading back to the dojo for classes, five nights a week.
In September, he began classes at the Community College in the Running Start program. He will earn his high school diploma from the college while also earning his AA degree. Last quarter he had two English classes (they were linked) and Philosophy 101. He doesn’t mind his
And I’m home alone every day.
This is a weird change!! I’m not complaining though. I enjoy it but it is strange to be alone all day. The dogs are getting more attention now than they used to. Haha! My dad lives with us, so I do run errands and take him to appointments too. I’ve also been exploring my creative side again, doing embroidering and making sterling silver spoon rings to sell locally and in my Etsy shop, Terrapin Silver.
I haven’t decided yet what I want to do with this site.
For now, it will remain and I’ve even pondered a few new posts on helping a teen with Autism adjust to adult responsibilities. Oh, and THAT has been an interesting series of events for sure! But I just don’t know yet.
I’m available by email as always. I answer all post comments either on the site or via email directly. I am also still blogging a little bit on my other site, Not Like Other Girls. This is my next stage of life blog and nothing like this homeschool blog has been.