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Things are finally feeling more routine and settled in my class. Tomorrow will be the end of our fifth week. The first two weeks were a challenge because of our family life. My 16 year old son has had many different challenges. He is VERY bright and talented, but has always had a tough time with the school setting. He is currently failing all of his classes except guitar and that has been the case for the last few years. He is currently in the special ed testing process to see if he has any disabilities that are effecting him. We went through it when he was in 1st grade as well. At that time he had major issues with implusivity and focus, but because he was reading at a 4th grade level with comprehension, no accomadations were made.
He had a rough start...he is my stepson and during the pregnancy his mom was doing things she shouldn't have. He has a congenital heart defect and had 3 open heart surgeries by the age of three. It's hard to know what went on in those first several years of his life. I became his mom when he was 6. (my son, from my 1st marriage, was 3 and our daughter was born a week before our 1st anniversary)
We have had him 100% of the time for most of the ten years we have been a family and they have been challenging in many ways. I do love him, but the relationship has tested me in many ways.
Well we had an MAJOR issue the first Tuesday night of school. I literally had NO sleep. I made it thorough Wednesday, but overslept Thursday, was running late & was a complete mess. They called in a sub...the 4th day of school! :( Not the way I like to start my year.
That Friday night he stole his best friend's mom's car and drove without a license. :(
The following Monday I watched as his school bus arrived and saw him NOT get on the bus. I got a call a little later that he had given his girlfriend a note the day before about running away together. I found bags packed in his room, so I put them in mine, locked my door, headed to school & called to report him as a runaway. The sheriff arrived at school about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes into the day and my class had to be split while my husband & I met with him. He agreed to go out to our property & check on him. About a half hour later we got the call that my son had out my husband's Harley & all of the things I had taken. (he had kicked in our bedroom door) Praise God he hadn't taken off yet, as my husband does not believe he could have handled the motorcycle. I ended up having to leave school. Two subs in the first 6 days of school. Rough!!!
This week we went to court & his mother now has custody...he needs lots of prayer and so do we. It is a relief but a concern too. He had run away a week and a half ago and been there (with biological mom) ever since. We had to protect ourselves since the way things had been we would have been 100% responsible for any choices he made...while visiting her in the spring she LET him drive without a permit or license!
Things are much calmer in my home, but I would greatly appreciate prayers for him. We have in the paperwork that we would continue to take care of his medical and orthodontia as well as transport him to those appointments. He has a major heart appointment on October 8th including a treadmill stress test. The last two visits his cardiologist has talked about the possibility of having a pacemaker put in.
If you pray, please do pray for our family. Thank you!