Wednesday was Olivia's Kindergarten Celebration. She smiled like that the entire time. Definitely the happiest kid in the group.
I'm not going to go into a lot of detail as there are still the legal aspects that have not been determined, but Tuesday was a pretty devastating day. Not because my son graduated, but because my other teen was indefinitely expelled from school (pending a hearing) and is facing assault charges/jail time for a fight he was in. After an hour at the school I spent 3.5 hours sobbing harder than I have in my life before pulling it together for dinner and the ceremony (note swollen puffy eyes in above photo). I am not looking for sympathy. This is his own doing. Just pray for his strength and that of our family to get through this dark time with grace and humility. Incarceration, therapy, counseling, community service, fines, home schooling, banned from sports/activities are just the tip of the iceberg that we will be dealing with over the next year. Throw in court investigators and a custody battle and this, my friends, will not be a picnic.
The one thing I have learned is that every time I think I can't handle any more adversity I find that I am wrong. I never knew I could be this strong and deal with so much, but when you are a parent you just do. Or at least most of us do. Yes, that was an intended jab because through all the pain I still haven't lost my sense of sarcasm.
So there you have it.... good news, great news, bad news...it's my life. I am proud of and love each one of my children no matter what the day brings. I will do my best not to whine on my blog and keep it happy and rosy. After all, whining doesn't change anything and I am thankful for my good life as so many have much tougher times than we do.