We've hit a big milestone that means lots of changes now, Education, Health Care, Finances, Respite Care, everything changes. In the last number of months we have been in a period of Transition as we have moved from the relative safety of Children's Services to the vast unknown and very scary world of Adult Services where we have had further assessments and evaluations :( It has been a very stressful time, the process is long and tedious and we have more to come before plans are put in place and we can feel like we are moving forward. The main impact upon Esther (and Miriam) is that Esther can no longer access the same overnight respite facilities as Mim (where they went to Maplewood together) Tonight we have Miriam away on her own at Maplewood and Esther home with Mum and Dad (Poor Angel is lost without her little sister, she's searched every room looking for Mim , even under Mim's duvet on her bed! haha And I suspect Mim will be just as lost on her own at Maplewood ...it seems so mean separating them) We have found somewhere that we feel ticks all the boxes for providing the support and care Esther will need for her overnight respite and are hoping that we can start the slow process of helping her adapt to new surroundings and new staff very soon ...I am dreading it, but it has to be done :( We are fortunate that we still have another year at school before she leaves, so at least she has that same continuity during these current changes but it is all coming upon us so dangerously fast. I knew I should have lied about her date of birth years ago ...hehehe But we will get through it ... Jacob is lucky that he's missing all the drama ..hahaha I miss his calming and comforting presence, I could really do with a Jakey-poo hug right now ! (I am having lots of Abi-snail hugs ...but I'm a little worried that I could be using my quota up... and wearing her arms out! ..hehehe) By the time Jacob comes home we'll hopefully be well established and happy in our and Esther's new future ... and ready to start with Miriam's Transition ....grooooan! :))
Anyways the end of November also means it is time to pack my beloved Pumpkins away for another year ...but before I do, I had to share a new Pumpkin :) .....
My beautiful ...HUUUUUGE Velvet Pumpkin! :) It took two large cushion inserts to stuff that big boy :) ..and I'm not sure if it didn't need more ! haha The Mad Pumpkin woman strikes again ...if life is turbulent and unsettled go stuff a Pumpkin I absolutely guarantee it will make you smile and feel much better ! ...hahaha :) Where I'm going to store this beast I have no idea ...it's almost the size of a small foot stool! (and no-one is allowed to rest their smelly feet on this baby! ..hehe) I'm not even sure it will fit into the bottom of my wardrobe ..haha! I'll figure it out tomorrow ...I could even just leave it out for Christmas and decorate it with some holly ..haha
Time for me to go find the Advent calenders and get everything ready for December 1st tomorrow :) I might have to let a sweet little, Angel Esther have a sneaky chocolate on her own before she goes to school in the morning ;)
Hugs Wendy x x x