It's been months since I even looked at my blog let alone posted anything, so here it goes.
Life itself has certainly taken on new meaning for me over the last few months. My days are full, primarily doing everything for everyone else, running here, running there...to be honest, I am totally buggered! Most times I am my own worst enemy, taking on more and more and never saying no! To say I have learnt some valuable lessons of late is an understatement.
My hands are full with my beautiful teenage foster kids. Mr 17, who has been living with us for over a year now, has recently bought himself his first car and goes for his P's in 2 weeks, started a Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship and is now a basic fire-fighter with our local RFS. This young mans resilience and determination astounds me daily and we are so proud of him. Mr 14 is finding his feet. He has been living with us since February and has come a long way in such a short time. He has also joined the RFS, something that was encouraged after he nearly burnt our house down with us in it - but that's another story and one that has added a few to many grey hairs much to my horror! Miss 13 turning 14 in a week, as I am always being reminded, has been staying with us every fortnight for respite. She totally loves our horses, one of which is in foal and loves being outside running wild and free! Whilst we wouldn't give up what we are doing for the world, I have to admit, it is the most challenging, frustrating, emotionally charged and extremely rewarding thing we have ever done. People say we are crazy and I agree, we are. Totally and utterly crazy, but in a happy kinda way!
This year I started at university studying Behavioural Science - Psychology. I am really proud of my efforts and am impatiently awaiting my unit results, which by my calculations I will finish with a Distinction. Not bad I think considering I left school not quite 15 with a bad attitude and a rebellious streak to boot and now 24 years on I am fulfilling my biggest life regret - getting an education.
Our foster care agency recently had a photographic exhibition for all the kids in care and their carers to participate in. Theses are my entries...I just love them!
Well, i'm outta here...things to do and young people to collect!