I just got on my blog after a very long hiatus and reread my last post. The last time I wrote, Emma was leaving for college and Connor was struggling with his illness. It really wasn't that long ago, but things sure have changed. :) Connor is doing really really well! :) It has been a long road that is certainly not over, but we are in a really good place right now. He is working and going to school, smiling and laughing and pretty much a typical teenager. Some people would cringe at those words... "typical teenager". Not me. I am so so grateful for those words! You have no idea how lucky you are until you aren't. I wrote about Emma leaving for college last time too. Well, that has changed too. Emma came home for Christmas break and just didn't seem like herself. I was really worried. Like any mother would do, I climbed into her bed with her one morning and asked her what was wrong. She wasn't happy and that broke my heart. I have to say that I would have expected myself to tell her to go back to school and give it another try, but I didn't. I told her to come home, give herself the gift of time and figure out what her passion for life is... I am so glad that I did! :) Emma is home and she is thankfully herself again. She just wasn't ready to leave home yet and that's ok. I used to teach kindergarten and so many parents are in such a hurry with their children. They want them in kindergarten, moving fast, growing by leaps and bounds. I know a lot of people who have told me that they struggled in reading or in math when they were a kid and you know what? Each one of them is a very successful, thriving adult. :) I think it's ok to slow down and I am so glad I felt comfortable telling my daughter that she should take care of herself, body, mind and spirit. I'm not going to lie... I'm thrilled that she is home!