From 1 and 1/2 years ago:
I was on the Smiles and Trials Blog today where I saw you posted a comment. Which is how I ended up tracking down your e-mail. Lovely parenting blog.
Just dropping by to say hello. I surely miss the wild, wild west days on FRUA in the sense that such genuine and transparent information was shared. I drop by there about once a month, mostly to show support to the gal who is obviously working so hard at it (SMITH).
We are well. I am still homeschooling my daughter who is now 13. I did see that your oldest daughter, of the four littles, has entered public school. I think it makes you a great parent if you can accept that each child has different needs. I also have my middle child in the public high school. So far so good but I will say that I might do it differently if I were to do it all over again. Who knows, though?
I look back on the FRUA days with great fondness for some of the online friendships I developed, such as meeting you and Julie Jones, etc.
My daughter is still finishing this year’s math. In fact, I should go grab her from her outside play as I am confident that Math is not on her mind!
Be blessed today,
Sent about one month ago:
Do you remember me, Melin, from FRUA’s wild, wild west days? Because you are you, I bet that you do!
I got this e-mail from your blog which means I have no idea if it is presently used.
You might be surprised to know that I have thought of you from time to time. And the girls, ofcourse. Especially the girls.
I read the blog and learned even more by reading through the lines. My goodness have you been on a rollercoaster ride. Oh my, oh my, oh my. Lord have mercy on us all. The average person has no idea what it is like to adopt a wounded child. Absolutely no idea whatsoever. Parenting a challenged child is more work than 10 typical children, in my opinion.
I think you nailed it when you said that in the very end, we all make choices. And those choices can lead to future opportunities or future obstacles. You didn’t exactly say that but I am refering to your comment about how dd just made the decision, at some point, to turn away from God. Thank God that the Lord is agile and He’s still facing her:).
I am still homeschooling my dd. Hands down the right thing to do. She would be devoured in the public school – even our really good public school. She is very savvy in some ways and in other ways, so naive. It’s a process. My husband is good about reminding me that we are all in the middle of a journey and that nobody is finished yet.
I’m going to press send and see if this gets kicked back to me.
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