Sunday, December 9, 2007

Crazy Life.

So a few weeks ago, right about the time this was going on, I had one of the most stressful weeks I've ever had in my entire life. It was about three months worth of stress condensed into 1 1/2 weeks.

I'm happy to report that pretty much everything has worked itself out. And even though we're still working with Matthew's school to figure out what, exactly, was causing his behavior and, of course, all the monetary stress that Christmas brings, I'm so full of happiness I swear I'm glowing. I walk around with a big goofy smile on my face almost all the time.

Several things are contributing to my general state of happiness, and they need to be acknowledged, imo.

I've made some new friends, one of which looks like it will turn into a lasting friendship.

I've reconnected with two friends that were in my wedding, including the one who was in BOTH of my weddings.

I've had a friendship deepen with someone I wanted to get to know better, and it's just as good as I thought it would be.

Another friend of mine that lives in Ottawa, Canada, recently emailed me, and we may have a chance to reconnect as well. (She was also in my wedding.)

A few weekends ago I got to volunteer at Harvesters with several other local bloggers. I've never volunteered before, but always wanted to, and I had a great time. As soon as the kids are old enough, I will be taking them with me at least once a year. I think it's so important to teach our children how very lucky they are and that other people don't have the same advantages that they have.

This past year has been a year of discovery for me, totally changing several of my views about myself. The growing pains have truly sucked, but I think I'm definitely on the upswing of things now, and I feel truly blessed (by the IPU and the FSM, of course) to have as my mate someone who not only accepts the new me, but encouraged me every step of the way to follow my heart and become the new me. And he loaned me his shoulder to cry on during the growing pains.

A lot has happened in the last year. I wouldn't change it for anything!


meesha.v said...

Hi,I read your older post linked here and I'd like to recommend my daughter's pediatrician Dr.Michael Blum in Overland Park. He spends all the time with your kids so you feel that he cares,he will hold and hug your kids and talk to you,ask about things at home,and at school, he doesn't write unnecessary prescriptions. He started this office by himself years ago and now he has 3-4 other doctors working there (who are just as nice but a bit younger) but you can request appointment with him. They also have walk-in hours. When my daughter was born he was out of town and the substitute doc was an arrogant a-hole. So I know what it feels like to have a worthless pediatrician.
If you go there and don't like Dr.Blum I'll buy your kids some ice-cream.

Janet said...

Thanks for the recommendation! I will check him out!

mamagotcha said...

Hi, J! It was great to meet you at Dan's last week. I totally get what you were saying about your starter child... I feel so bad for my oldest that he got the worst of my mothering. Fortunately HE doesn't seem to think he had it so bad.

Regarding his difficulties... in my experience, the one who deserves it the least, needs it the most ("it" being love and attention). Maybe he needs a few sanity days away from school... some one-on-one time with you, if possible.

The one bright spot about parenting issues is that the kids almost always outgrow whatever has been driving you crazy, so even if you don't have a good coping strategy, just hang on and love 'em hard and hope it resolves itself!

Spyder said...

It's been wonderful getting to know you. That's been a new blessing in my life.

Janet said...

Thanks Spyder! You're one of the many new friends I have this year!

mamagotcha, he only goes to pre-school two half days a week, not full time. He just doesn't adjust to new things very well and must have a schedule for most things. He's doing a lot better now, we think most of the issues were actually cause by something at school, completely out of MY control. But they want me to fix it, of course.

A Librarian said...

I am right there with you. I feel better than I have in a couple of years and a lot of that is due to all of the new friends I am meeting these day. I am so glad I met you:)