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, May 1, 2016

A Tale of Two Cities

If you're a long time reader of our blog perhaps you remember the winter of 2014-15
the snowiest winter on record for the Boston area?

Of course, with record snowfall, comes record ice dams  Like many others, we experienced severe icing that caused water damage to our home.

After several negotiations with our tight-fisted insurance company, we received enough funds to de-mold the attic, gut-out the living room, add hardwood flooring, repaint the kitchen and repair our deck.

Unfortunately, my sensory sensitive children were unable to withstand the sights, sounds and smell of construction repair, so we decided to uproot the family and head outta dodge.

"Kinfolk said "Jed, move away from there!"
Said: "Coastal living is the place ya oughta be..!"
So, we loaded up the truck and we moved to New...buuurrrryyyy....
Port, that is....restaurants, coffee bars"

Anyway, I am happy to report that since it is indeed the year of the red, fire monkey, we turned lemons into lemonade and found a beautiful condo, for a great price, in the neighboring city of Newburyport, complements of our insurance company.

You may recall a post I wrote a few years back about the beauty of this historic city.

Of course our new living arrangements had to have the necessary prerequisite for Nicholas.

It also has a few other lovely perks
Like this view from our bedroom window.

And this lovely park where Muffy enjoys walking every evening

Not far from the condo is one of our favorite beaches,

While it has been tricky living in two places at the same time,
we are trying to see this move as a type of mini vacation.
Some much needed quiet time,
a healthy respite, that, for our family,
symbolizes our desire
to put an end to the unhealthy state of constant crisis. 

So far, it has been exactly what we needed.