Saturday, March 10, 2012

Going Home

I want to thank those of you who have followed me here, there and everyone around the Internet.  Means a great deal to me.  After some thinking and then some more thinking, I've decided to "return home" – as in return home to  I've had that name for the past four years, it is where people know me from, I have a large following there, and it's just like an old comfortable favorite pair of shoes.

I would be honored if you would follow me "home" and continue along my journey with me!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Glimmer of Hope on the Horizon

As you know if you've been following this particular thread on my blog, 2012 has been – if nothing else – extremely tumultuous with J. and his ADHD and recent diagnosis of ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder).

February 7th J. returned to school, a few hours later landed himself on in-school suspension (ISS).  He managed to muddle through until the 16th of February after getting off his ISS when his impulsivity got the best of him once again.  He was given ten (10) days of OSS (out-of-school suspension) for fighting in the cafeteria.  Long story short – in the lunch line, another student (the one he punched, aka student #1) was picking at him, messing with his hair and poking him ... he asks student #1 to stop (which he does).  They all are instructed to back away from a hot counter, student #2 pushes student #1 into J., which makes J. believe that he did it on purpose, so he turns around and punches student #1 in the mouth and then again in the stomach.


Those of you with children with ADHD know that every day is a battle to make good choices, to control the impulsivity, to integrate into the "main stream" if you will – and no matter how much you talk, how much you teach, how much you pray – there are going to be days where things just DO NOT GO ACCORDING TO PLAN – and the challenge lies within to review, exam, and learn from the events of the day.

While there is no "one" thing that we can put our fingers on with regards to a 'trigger' that sets J. off into meltdown mode, we have noticed that he seems to have more issues arise in highly populated classrooms (although there have been instances where he's had issues as well with just one or two other students in the room).  So one alternative available to us is the Georgetown School here in Hanover County.  An alternative education center, the classrooms are much smaller, the school is much smaller, and we are hoping that J. will be able to turn his academics and his behavior around in this smaller setting, and learn some coping mechanisms as well while he is there which will enable him to be able to return to his home school and be able to integrate with the main stream once again and excel as we know that he can.

It is extremely disheartening to know that your bright, funny, talented child is failing just about every single class and not know how else to help him turn things around and succeed.  At first you want to blame the teachers (whom can only do so much) and then you blame your child for not "buckling down" and "doing the required work" but, when you are dealing with an ADHD child – its just not that simple sometimes.  The fact that their attention is non-existent with regards to subjects or lessons they have no interest in is an understatement.  The challenge lies, in my opinion, in finding a method that does make it interesting – not in placing blame elsewhere.  Dealing with an ADHD child is a combined and united effort between physicians, counselors, teachers, parents and the child.

So, for today, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon for my particular bright, funny, talented child.  His primary care physician has increased his dosage of Vyvanse which we will begin within the next week, and with the change of environment at school into something less "busy" I am hoping that the two will be a winning combination for J.

As always, I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Springtime Booster Bonanza!


Stonewall Jackson Middle School Presents Our 3rd Annual


Saturday – April 28, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

(rain or shine)



Craft Vendors   -•-   Jewelry   -•-   Food and Drink

      • Booth Rental Proceeds go directly to SJMS
      • FREE to the Public!

10x10 spaces are available for $25 prior to March 30th or $35 after March 30thAdd a table for $10 prior to March 30th; after March 30th its $15

If you are interested in becoming a part of the yard sale, or are a local vendor who would like a space, please contact Janet Newcomb, Event Coordinator at (804) 437-2975 or via email.

Sponsored by the Stonewall Jackson Middle School Booster Club

8021 Lee-Davis Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111  -•-  Tel: 804.723.2260

Moving Creative Works....

Just wanted to let you all know that I am moving my creative posts to my Tumblr blog which you can find here.  It's super easy for me to upload everything there...and this way those of you who aren't here for the creative stuff don't have to be bombarded with it all!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday Awh Moments

Everyone of us have seen a picture that just steals your breathe away or makes you go "Awh..." at least once in our lives.  I love to share things with my readers that they might not find elsewhere – to always be unique and original (or try to anyway!) so I'm going to be starting up a Saturday Awh Moments meme for those of you that would like to follow along.  Would love it if you leave a comment and let me know which your favorite is!

All copyrights to these images belong to the original photographers.  I take no credit for their beauty whatsoever.







I love having the opportunity to remind people of the real reason that we are on this earth – to enjoy the simple things in life, to live each day to the fullest, to find some small spark of joy in each and every day, to 'stop and smell the roses' along your travels.  So take a moment today to just stop and ENJOY this beautiful world around us that we are blessed to be a part of.  Forget about the bills, the arguments, the neighbor you can't stand, the broken dishwasher ... forget about the economy, the gas prices, the wars, the sex trafficking, the drug epidemic ... just stop and enjoy the SIMPLE, the BEAUTIFUL, the MAGICAL world that you live in.

May you all have a blessed day today and find that one spark of joy in YOUR day today.