Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

An Oasis

It has been a hectic and difficult month.

So, hubby and I decided to pack up the family and head out of Dodge.

We have returned to our favorite vacation spot.

As folks say around here..."We are down the Cape."

We are recovering from the ill effects of a special needs lifestyle. Nicholas continued to struggle this year at school. He has regressed academically. He is anxious and stressed, his stuttering at an all time high. We are working with our advocate/attorney to remove him from the public school and find a more appropriate learning environment for him.

Although this is without a doubt, the right thing to do for Nicholas, it has placed a lot of strain on our family. Nicholas and I have been busy meeting with professionals and participating in many tests and evaluations. The associated costs of hiring an attorney and gathering data is starting to drain our financial resources.

Pete and I had decided earlier this year that perhaps we would forgo our yearly vacation. But after a month of this hectic pace, we discovered that our family life was starting to suffer.

Ironically, the vacation house where we stayed last year had one last week available in July.

We decided to pounce on the opportunity.

We arrived here yesterday, and already we feel the anxiousness and stress starting to leave our bodies.

Weston is once again in his element, finding treasures and making new friends.

Nicholas is easily lulled to sleep by the warm, salty breezes.

I am trying to clear my head and rejuvenate my soul. I am enjoying just doing nothing....

It feels as though we have found an oasis.