Blog Post # 48: Raising Alexandru, Part 4

“Independent Alexandru”: Childhood Strengths Our goal has always been to help Alexandru be as independent as possible. Despite his multiple challenges, as a child, he showed many behaviors that showed promise of acting independently. For example, it seemed he had no trouble communicating basic needs non-verbally when he was sufficiently motivated, as in the followingContinue reading “Blog Post # 48: Raising Alexandru, Part 4”

Blog Post # 47: Raising Alexandru, Part 3

As I wrote about in my previous “Raising Alexandru” posts, Part 1 and Part 2, mothering a multiple-challenged child comes with a multitude of hurdles, sometimes with a simultaneous moment of humor. There were also times of breakthrough worthy of celebration. Here are a few more of each. Cows are cool! Puppies, not so much.Continue reading “Blog Post # 47: Raising Alexandru, Part 3”

Blog Post # 46: Raising Alexandru, Part 2

In Blog Post # 44:  Raising Alexandru, Part 1, I related several of our adventures while raising Alexandru, starting with bringing him home from the orphanage. During that time we were constantly learning more about him, including a diagnosis of Autism and ADD and the challenges and behaviors that often accompany those parts of hisContinue reading “Blog Post # 46: Raising Alexandru, Part 2”

Blog Post # 45: Disowned!! An Unexpected Postscript

Karla’s story  I talked about my Dad giving me the “Disowned” treatment in my blog post a couple of Fridays ago in  Blog Post # 43:  Disowned!!!  To recap, I had skipped school, he got mad and for a month wouldn’t speak to me and pretended I didn’t exist. I couldn’t take it anymore andContinue reading “Blog Post # 45: Disowned!! An Unexpected Postscript”

Blog Post # 44: Raising Alexandru, Part 1

Challenges and Different Abilities Ever since I first met our son Alexandru, 23 and a half years ago, when he was almost 4 years old, the word “challenges” has become a frequently used word in my vocabulary. I also frequently hear the word “disability” but I prefer to say “different ability”. As I recounted inContinue reading “Blog Post # 44: Raising Alexandru, Part 1”

Blog Post # 43: Disowned!!!

Rejected By a Loved One Since when has “ghosting” become a thing? Isn’t it interesting as to exactly which folks we are willing to give  the benefit of the doubt and which not?  When you like someone, and they say or do something stupid, your reaction is to take the words or action in theContinue reading “Blog Post # 43: Disowned!!!”

Blog Post # 42: That time in prison

Risky Behavior When I was in college, I was encouraged to do some volunteer work.  I wanted to be a veterinarian, and was at college for the first step to that goal, working on a bachelor’s in biology. At a job fair I was told volunteering would look good on my vet school application, alongContinue reading “Blog Post # 42: That time in prison”

Blog Post # 41: Cooking, Sewing and 4-H

Us two older girls, Deb and myself, enjoyed first Girl Scouts, then 4-H. Cooking and Sewing Adventures at the Oklahoma State Fair I entered my Angel Food Cake, Chocolate Fudge, canned peaches from our peach tree, and Pecan Pie into the Women’s Division at the State Fair (I was only 14 at the time) andContinue reading “Blog Post # 41: Cooking, Sewing and 4-H”

Blog Post # 40: Our Oklahoma Farm

Life On Our Farm We lived on a 40 acre Oklahoma farm between Tulsa and Broken Arrow. When I was in 7th grade a fire started a couple farms over and was moving up our back acreage.  As the fire threatened our neighbors, they let their livestock out of the pens, filling the road withContinue reading “Blog Post # 40: Our Oklahoma Farm”

Blog Post # 39: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 8 – Life After Marriage

Life After Divorce I graduated High School Spring of 1971. I lived at home while I took a year off school and worked as receptionist in my Dad’s Volkswagen dealership to, as my Dad said, “gain some real world experience”.  Mom and Dad were divorced in July, 1972, after 22 years of marriage. Us 5Continue reading “Blog Post # 39: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 8 – Life After Marriage”