Things have been considerably better around our house recently. I hate to even acknowledge that, on the off chance old superstitions are true and I'm tempting the fates, but it's true. So I suppose I feel it's even more important to take note of our progress.
Lily is back in school full time. Public middle school, 6 classes. And it's going really well. Even better, she's doing things with a nice group of friends. I'm driving a lot, but I'd drive all day to facilitate those friendships. I'm so happy!
I've been able to get in a lot of work hours. I owe so much to my managers. They really stood by me and protected my job and benefits far longer than many bosses would. They're wonderful people and have made our journey so much more manageable.
We still face plenty of struggles at home. I suspect Lily is working so hard to hold it together at school that she's pretty stressed by the time she comes home. That's when she acts out, yells, and has some borderline meltdowns. I'm giving her lots of space to work through those emotions, but calmly let her know when she needs to back off and apologize. Sometimes that works.
She'll be fourteen in less than 2 weeks. It's a reminder that she's growing up fast. But I tend to think she'll be with me a long time.