Thursday, September 16, 2010

NEEDTOBREATHE - Washed By The Water (video)

This band is amazing. This song is amazing. Take a listen. Let God in. He loves you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Parents Decision--It's OUR Decision

So... I wish I could feel comfortable enough of sending Hunter to public school. Well... I don't and I have very good reason for feeling this way. We enrolled him into a public school when he was aged 3 and in pre-school. Thought, this is great. Hunter in school, Ren will be taking naps, and I get some ME time. Well, the time comes to asking Hunter how school went. Teachers, friends, everything great. I ask him, "Did they give you your meds?" "Well, yeah mommy. I had to ask them."

NOT ACCEPTABLE!!! Especially when you put so much time into making a plan that the State is to follow to make sure any "special needs" kiddos get what they need.

This didn't happen once, twice, but on a continuous basis.

I even spoke to his teacher about this as well as the nurse. Are you serious. Can this be?? A plan that HAS to be followed by law, not be taken seriously by the Board of Education?

Yes. It happened, too, too many times. I was fed up with it. Sure, I could fight it. I could and I would have. I would have won.

I got to thinking, even if I won and the school was in the wrong, could I still trust them with my sons health.

Simple answer...NO.

This wasn't only my decision, but Brandon and I both made this one together.

Homeschooling it was. I could do it.

SSI for both kids, which meant, I don't have to work. Brandon works a full-time job and supports us very well and the insurance is excellent.

I can do this. I can and I will. So, I am.

Mornings...treatments for both. That doesn't go bad since cartoons are on.

Breakfast next, then school. Sometimes, I decide to pick up some around the house before school.

Schooling takes most of the day. Some days are better than others. It's hard to teach when your kid is sick, but I do. To an extent.

I figure, if he was in public school he would be out a long time because of a sickness. At least I am still teaching him, even when he is sick.


I home school during the summer as well. I still give them the time to have fun but even during the summer they get school.

Again...better to be ahead than behind. This helps them for when they do get sick.

Lunch comes and then naps for Ren.

School for Hunter.
Then, 2 more rounds of treatments before bedtime.

The days do get hard. (mom you know :)) The kids go outside and have extra-curricular activities to be with other kids and socialize.

I have to say that even though the decision was mine and Brandon's to home-school, never, and I mean NEVER in my life have I ever gotten so much negative feedback for doing something that we felt is right.

I'm saying certain family members, their Dr's. It got to be ridiculous.

You guys are not here every day and have to second guess if YOUR child got his meds to be able to eat that day. If he did eat, did he get his meds. If I EVER have to doubt the integrity of someone or their capabilities of watching over my children when I am not there, I'm taking them out of the situation.

I'm their mom. I am here to protect them, their health.

No one will ever understand what a parent has to go through on a daily basis with a child with a condition, let a lone 2, to make sure they get what they need to succeed in the world today.

If you're not going through it and you have something negative to say, keep it to yourself.

You don't have a clue.

My children are our lives and I will make sure, with all that I have, that they will be the most successful in whatever they want to do.