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Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's Official....We Have a New Place to Live!

I always love to see my precious angel sleeping and periodically take pics of him as he grows older. Not that he is not precious when he is awake but there is pure innocence when he is sleeping.

We finally got our new apartment in NC and it is nice...with 2 bedrooms! We have been just getting by with Griffin sleeping either on the couch or on the bed and then I would just sleep on the opposite. So this will be very nice, for us both to have our own space. The apt. manager lives above us so it should be very quiet there. She also has an autistic son who is about 17 years, I think.

Well, I won't have the Internet for a week or two while moving, can't afford the cost of the deposit. But as soon as I get it, I will post and let ya know how things are going for us. Got to find out which school Griffin will be going to and get him registered and schedule and IEP.

It will be so nice to be near my friends and sister, brother, and their families. A totally different atmosphere in NC than in SC that's for sure!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

We are Moving North

I am so excited in so many good ways but a bit stressed out as well. The time draws near and we still have not found the right place to live yet. We have traveled to NC to look at apartments but we've got to get Griffin registered for school next week and run around two different cities to find the right place that will be most appropriate for him. All I can say is that I know for sure that the schools are WAAAAAY better there than down here! NC spends way more money on education, there are more qualified teachers who are knowledgable about autism and the TEACCH program as well. I just know that he is going to thrive there and I will have more support there also. My sister and brother live there and several of my friends whom I have known for many many years and are always supportive and understanding.

It will be nice to get out of the heat and humidity. I will miss mom, the sweet little old ladies that are here at the apartment, and my dear friends E.,C.,H., but all in all it will be best. We will visit mom so that she and Griffin can have some quality time together because he loves her so very much...of course, she is his NaNa. Besides, NC is a great place to visit, it is cooler, and far more beautiful so I am hoping that my friend E. and her family will come to visit us sometimes. Mom has obligations so she won't be coming up very often.

School is going great, I am ahead on my work but have two research essays due about the same time...that's a bit stressful but I can do it. One is in Chicago style which I have never used but I think(hope) that I get the hang of it. One is about Spiritual Agnosticism and the other is about The Trail of Tears which is heart-wrenching.

Speaking of heart-wrenching and the American Indian, after the knowledge that I have gained about them I will no longer celebrate the 4th of July because in 1776 things were fine and dandy for all the white folks but the American Indians were still being forced out of their homes, away from their homelands, the children were taken from their homes to be "Americanized" not to mention all the disease and slaughtering of men, women, and children that was going on. As far as I am concerned there is nothing worth celebrating when our forefathers were committing such horrible attocities. I could go on but I think that you probably have an idea of what I am talking about.