Patches was discharged from RTC last Friday and is doing very well. She has been trying to help Kiki learn some control over her emotions. Even writing that makes me giggle a little. Who would have thought? Patches and I had a moment at the beginning of summer that we both decided to learn from. We had reached the end of line for her violence and threats. I am so proud of her for choosing to be an active part of our family. She smiles, giggles, and tries so hard to do her share even when her brain is telling her I'm trying to ruin her life.
Michael is coming for a day visit Sunday. First one since February. We are all excited and nervous. I'd love to say he is progressing but the fact is, he is the same. It is beginning to look like life will be very difficult for him. We have chosen to fight for him to remain a part of our family even though no one is sure he will ever be safe enough to live at home.
Ruthie has a boyfriend. She is a hormonal mess. She is a mouthy teenager some days but still complies with me while yelling at me. It is too hard not to laugh and that is not helping.
Cyr is doing virtual school and helping with my MIL. My MIL has taken a turn for the worse and needs round the clock care. Cyr loves going to help her a few days a week. I don't know of many 16 year olds that could or would be willing to help like this. I am so proud that even thinking about it, I tear up.
Emma's Mom is staying with us until Christmas. Emma is thrilled. She also is obsessed with One Direction. It is annoying. She took up the clarinet and loves it. It sounds great from about a mile away.
Ella and Ava were placed in the same 5th grade class. They are starting to blossom at school socially. It's very sweet. Watch out boys, these 2 are gorgeous and if they ever work up the courage to talk back to you, you will fall in love. They are both so sweet and caring little girls.
Can't forget Kiki. She is still a hot mess. We couldn't love this more. I believe she saved Patches. She is the only real connection she has been able to develop. She loves that child and Kiki adores her. We have a lot going on with her lately. She met her first father a few weeks ago. When we first told her about him, she asked how come he didn't know about her until now. Then she answered, "aww. It's probably because he isn't smart like me." He has turned out to be a really nice guy. He told his parents that he discovered true love after his first visit with her. His parents are smitten, too. She is an emotional roller coaster but the best snuggler ever.
I'm nearly finished with my holiday shopping. I am so glad about that. I did it all online. What did we do before the internet?