Today is the first day of school for the girls. Audrey is in 8th grade and Emma in 5th. I am doing ok with Emma being a 5th grader but Audrey in 8th grade? That's a little harder to swallow. THat means she'll be in high school next year. I am definitely not read for that. She turned 13 a couple of weeks ago and got a lot of privileges to go along with her official move into the teen years. She got a cell phone, some makeup, permission to shave her legs and a computer for school (although so far it has been used for everything but school. It just feels like she has grown up over the summer. Doesn't hurt that she is about 5'4" and wears a women's size 10 shoe!
Audrey has also really developed her style over the summer. Up to a certain age it seems like kids will wear whatever you put on them, but Audrey has some very strict ideas about what she will wear and what she won't. She is especially interested in wearing clothes she has "modified" which is a nice way of saying "cut up with scissors." Of course she isn't allowed to wear her creations to school thanks to the dress code, but she has plenty of other funky/punky stuff to wear. It compliments the sort-of mohawk we allowed her to get a week ago. Regardless, the girl has developed a definite taste and style.
Emma is still her happy-go-lucky self. She has taken a special interest in the garden and all the cool plants we have int he back yard. number of ladies came to the house at the beginning of the summer and put the garden in but Joanne hasn't been in much shape to attend to it, so it has become Emma's garden. She waters every day and fusses over the plants, harvesting some peppers here and some tomatoes there. We have had enough lettuce for exactly 1.5 salads. Still, it is fun to see her take and interest and work so diligently on the garden. Also cool that she has a class of 13 kids this year! She is going to absolutely thrive in a smaller class environment.
Joanne is still making a little progress here and there. She does a lot of therapy every day; primarily PT and then sees her speech therapist a couple of times a week. Joanne's dad has proven to be a very gifted physical therapist so he works with her most days. On the days that I am home I do her exercises with her, but I am much less skilled then Joannes dad has become. Joanne still deals with a lot of emotions involving her current state. She is so frustrated that she can't do the "normal stuff." But I believe with time she'll improve and be able to tackle things like school chapel and going to the Walmart. Right now things like that just massively over-stimulate her and she struggles to keep it together.
He is walking with the use of a cane but cant go far before she is exhausted so we usually roll around in the wheelchair when we are out.
1. Our cat pumpkin escaped a couple of months ago and is living under our deck. She has been impossible to catch and get back into the house. We miss her and would love to have her back inside, especially before it starts to get cold.
2. Joanne's spirits are pretty low and she needs encouragement. Please pray that things would come along to brighten her days.
3. Please pray for a good start to the school year for the girls.