Ethan had a great 2015.
Yes, he still continues to have his struggles, but he also continues to have his triumphs.
He loves to cook, and he is always the first one in the kitchen whenever I need a helper.
He is learning how to utilize his iPad more and more for communication and academics, and he is learning more sign language, as well. He can still approximate words. However, he has become lazier at it because of knowing that he has other back-ups (iPad and sign).
However, his speech and academics are so not what makes Ethan who he is as a person. His heart takes care of that.
He truly is a breath of fresh air every single day. His smiles still light up the room, and his laughter could (and should) create world peace.
He is his family’s number one fan. He is always there to support his siblings during soccer games. Actually, even when it is freezing, we cannot convince him so stay at home. He loves Gabriel and Summer with all of his heart, and he would do absolutely anything for them.
When I think about his future, I am only certain of two things. He will continue to guide this family with his magic, and we will continue to know that he is absolutely good and perfect in every single way.
I cannot believe that Ethan is 11. It truly seems impossible that I first looked into his amazing blue eyes for the very first time eleven years ago.
He has changed my life in so many incredible ways. I truly believe that the path of my life instantly changed the day that I was blessed with becoming his mom.
I think that I am a better person because of him.
I think that I am a teacher because of him.
I think that I fight for the best interest of students every single day because of him.
I think that the world is a better place because of him.
For his birthday, I took off half the day to spend with him. Summer ended up taking off with us. We went to lunch, picked out some presents, and then returned home.
Gabriel was not feeling well when we picked him up from school, so I gave Ethan the choice of going to get his cookie cake with Sean or going to the doctor with Gabriel. Ethan chose being with Gabriel, at the doctor’s office, on his birthday.
For his birthday night, we opened presents, had pizza, watched a movie, and ate cookie cake.
It was a perfect celebration for an eleven year old who is good and perfect in every single way.
Each new school year brings so many mixed emotions, especially now that I am a teacher.
I am so sad that the summer is ending because I love every second with my own children.
I am excited to meet my new students.
The littles are anxious to settle into a new routine with new teachers and new friends.
I am nervous about how much our lives will shift as our schedule picks up the pace. I love being relaxed and unscheduled during the summer, so jumping back into a very scheduled, structured life is not my favorite thing.
This year, I am excited because Summer is in 3rd grade with me.
I am happy that Gabriel will have his 3rd and 4th grade teacher as his 7th grade Language Arts teacher, and I am so proud of him for testing out of 8th grade math and jumping into Algebra.
I am in disbelief and a little sad that it is Ethan’s last year in elementary school. I am in denial that he will be at a different school last year, and I am trying to have my heart come to terms with that.
Yes, it is a new year with a mixed bag of emotions. The one thing that I am certain of, though, is that we will get through the good days and the bad ones, the highs and the lows, the laughter and the tears, together, as a family.