First let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year. The year 2006 hold so much promise, may we use our time this year wisely
I want to thank one and all for the outpouring of support I received after my last post. Your kind words brought me comfort and gave me strength to get through a bit of rough water.
Trenton is still living with us and will be for some time to come. We have no idea how long his stay will last, but take it one week at a time and make sure he has a regular routine and maintains his good habits. He is a good student and we make sure he completes his studies each day before we allow him to play. He’s used to it and doesn’t mind, there is plenty of play time left after the homework is done.
Trenton had a great Christmas. He received a letter from Santa two weeks before the big day and was thrilled. I’m just glad he didn’t recognize my handwriting, LOL!
Christmas day dawned with the little guy getting up at One AM and waking us to let us know Santa had already come to our house. We coaxed him back to bed and he slept ‘til we woke him at seven to open his presents. He thought it was cool that Santa had eaten the cookies he had left out and drank most of the milk.
Santa was good to Trenton and he received some gifts that he had been wanting for up to two years now. There were presents under the tree that we placed there from his absentee parents, and one from each of us in the household, as well.
We devoted a lot of time to Trenton every day and he had a ball getting so much attention. Then it was back to school Monday and he was excited to be able to tell his school buddies what he got for Christmas.
I was very sick during his first week off from school. I had flu-like symptoms. It was a virus that went through this community like wildfire. Mine changed from virus to bacterial and I had to get antibiotics from the doctor before I could shake it off. I didn’t start feeling human again until Christmas Eve Day.
Calls from the parents, both in different places, were regular at first, and now sporadic. His Dad calls at least every other day, but it’s been a few days now since his mother has called.
The last we heard of Danielle, she had still not reached her Father’s house in California. It became apparent she was lying to us about her whereabouts early on. I mean, how many times does one have to pass through Tennessee to reach California? She would forget where she told us she was on her previous calls and at one point was in Nebraska and two days later driving through Tennessee again. What a pity her education did not extend to include the geography of the United States. We can only pray that she eventually reaches her father and that he gets her into the drug rehabilitation program she so desperately needs.
I knew I would be away from this keyboard for a bit of time but I have surprised myself by finding I’ve not posted in a full month. I have had very little time for visiting other journals in J-Land and the web, as well. I find that there is not any single aspect of my daily routine that has not been changed by the presence of Trenton living in our home now. As the weeks go by, I will be able to make the slight adjustments and recoup some of my journaling time again. Thanks to all of you who understand.
No, today’s post is not another story of daring rescues at sea or exciting adventures on the water. I realized after my last post just how many of you care and I just wanted to update you on the situation. I also wanted you all to know why I seemed to just drop off the face of the Earth for a whole month.
I made it half-way through the comments on my last post, sending thank you notes to each commenter. Then, I got sick and had to give up on it. Please know how much each and every comment meant to me. You are all so very nice and a wonderful community to be a part of. I’m going to try and get around and visit all of you as I can over the next few days.
Yes, Christmas 2005 was a warm and wonderful day at our house. I can only hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas Time as well.
My special thanks to Donna over at D's Design for the graphic at the top of this post. Donna does some wonderful work and is kind enough to share it with those who would like to use it. She does ask for some sort of credit, and with talent like hers, it's very easy to give her a mention when I snag some of her artwork. Thanks Donna!