Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School 2015: A year of Transitions Ahead

It always amazes me how quickly the summer passes and the school year begins again. This is a big year for the students in my house! Makaylah and my nephew, David are both seniors. Jeremiah is starting the 8th grade. This means in June 2016 there will be three graduations if everything goes as planned.

I am looking forward to a big year of transitions! It should be an interesting year with everyone in my home facing the end of one stage in life and a lot of new goals, situations, and excited anxiety. I am very happy that I managed to finish my degree before the year ahead. I wonder what I will be writing here this time next year?

The great part about Makaylah being a senior is that I will only have one more IEP meeting for her, and I believe that meeting will be all about closing the file! Yeah. She is not completely happy with the fact she will not be attending the main high-school full time, but we have been so blessed with the educational situation she has been able to access for her high school career. There was a time I wondered if she would be able to remain in the same school for a whole year. It wasn't easy and I had to move back to Oregon to find a school district that was actually interested in her success.

Thankfully, the Beaverton Oregon school district has treated Makaylah and Jeremiah like students they are interested in seeing become successful. Nearly the complete opposite of the attitude we found in Washington state, Evergreed school district. What a difference and I can only imagine the outcome had I remained living in a district that chose to "expell" both of my special needs children rather than accomadate the needs they have had. The impact of an uncooperative school district is at least 30% of the reason my marriage ended in divorce.

My brother John and I will be focused on our own transitions between now and the New Year. Our whole house is filled with members transitioning to a new stage of life. My dregee is earned and I am hopeful I will find a decent day-job. In February the "Safety-Plan" we have needed and used since October 2010 will no longer be needed. Makaylah will be an Adult and I will have successfully managed to help her make it here without any huge issues to face. All things considered a parent could not expect a better outcome than her life represents. We are however, very excited that the 24-7, line-of-sight, two adults at all times safety plan will be a non-issue in a few short months!

Co-parenting with my sibling has proven to be the best decision my brother and I could have made for all of our children. However, it feels like this little house has shrank over the summer and we are all looking forward to figuring out future living arangements. There is a real possibility it could be just Jeremiah and I living in this house together within the next year or two!

Now off to do some school clothes shopping!


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