Sunday, August 30, 2015

Seeing the Light

Seeing the light???
 What I see is that there needs to be better lighting in that design wall room.
This is where I am with this quilt.
It was supposed to be grey and orangish...I was playing around with the colors.
Not sure it is working, but we will see....
 I have decided that my love would not mind a block mixed with two different shirts..
At the end of the weekend, with my granddarlings all tucked in bed, I am seeing the light.
I am seeing tonight what my friends, my family and the teachers are telling me.
I am doing a great job with the children.
 In December, it will be two years that they have been living with Grandma.
They are healthy and growing and happy.

For the first time ever, they not only have beds of their own, but rooms of their  own.
Evan has been going to trauma therapy to deal with the neglect and abuse he witnessed while living with parents in active addiction.  He is healing and I am grateful.
Dylan has an IEP in place for his speech.  Evan has a 504 plan in place for his ADD.
Because this is an area of my expertise from 35 some years in mental health,
I have been able to advocate in the schools
for the children to have the best possible schooling.

Evan has been behind since he missed much of Kindergarten.
 He was 77 times tardy that year.
The first year I had him, he had perfect attendance.
He has a wonderful tutor and many people who love him.
He is learning keyboarding. He is applying to be a 5th grade hall patrol.
 All three are in the second year of Karate.

They have regular supervised visitation with their parents.
They have regular visitation with their maternal aunt and uncle and cousins.
They love my sister and my daughter and her man.
They are stable, they have friends.
They are blossoming.

The only thing missing is Granddaddy.
Sad...but we are all dealing with this together..
I am grateful for all my encouragement and support during these tough times.
It is a good life.

9 comments:

Gisela Suski said...

Thank you for letting us know the story. You have a loving home.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Your grand children couldn't be in better hands. The love you and your man have shared with them, the stability and the boundaries all children need, you have given them.
Hugs

beth said...

Diane,
This post brought tears to my eyes. What a gift those grandchildren are and what a gift your love and advocacy are to them. They are being shaped in precious, life-giving ways by all you are doing. Much love to you!

smazoochie said...

The children GLOW with the healthy love & security that surround them now.
What a blessing you are to them. What a blessing they are to you.

smazoochie said...

p.s. love the quilt in the dark design wall (what about a true-light type lamp with its light turned to said dark wall?)
And I love, love, love the blocks with your dear Mr.'s shirts.

Courtney said...

I am so proud of you for what you have done for your grandchildren during such a hard time for you. It's wonderful to hear how they are flourishing! I love the quilt too. The colors look great, with the gray standing out just enough.

Kate said...

What a poignant post. Life is a crazy, difficult, wonderful journey and you've been given a starring role, whether you want it or not. Somehow, in all the sorrow and stress, you've found a way to save three lives and I believe that they will, in turn, save yours.

Karaquilts said...

ditto, Kate. Well said. We all need each other in so many ways and are blessed accordingly. Lovely post.

Rachaeldaisy said...

It's wonderful to hear how the children are healing and blossoming.