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!