The Man Child – He’s 18 now and no longer lives at home; he was diagnosed with bi-polar when he was 14 years old but he began displaying symptoms when he was 4. Back then they didn’t have a disease called “bi-polar”. He will be graduating from high school next year and is getting awesome grades.
Buddy – Buddy is 13 and he is the biggest helper I’ve ever met. I proudly (and often with a catch in my voice and a tear in my eye) tell everyone I meet that without him I wouldn’t have made it through the first 3 years of being a single mom, student, and budding entrepreneur. He’s been a huge help and makes things run smoothly around here. His biggest issue is that he has some form of reading deficiency and has not been able to read beyond a second grade level. This year he miraculously gained a half grade level and let me tell you – there was rejoicing in this house!
Sissy – The only girl and the middle child in a family of five. At the mature old age of 9 she’s an interesting little thing that’s for sure! I was raised by a single dad for much of my early years and so I do lack some of the girly qualities – my daughter… well I don’t know where she gets them but she’s all girl despite what I lack and despite her four brothers. I do let her spend a lot of time with her best friend as I feel their family life is a very good influence on her.
Momma’s Boy – Yep there’s always one in the family! Seven years old and has no intention of ever letting mom out of his sight. He’s sweet, sensitive, caring, and full of love. He has a heart the size of Texas but his feelings are easily hurt. He’s also a chatterbox – in fact, he even talks in his sleep. He has an opinion on just about everything he see or hears and he sure isn’t afraid to express his opnion. He’s inquisitive and loves to learn.
The Baby – Spoiled – yep that about sums it up for him. He was pretty young when we became a single parent family. At 5 years old his favorite expressions are “I don’t know how” and “I can’t”. Well I felt bad because all the other children had a stay at home mom and I felt like he was cheated and so I coddled him. I held him back from Kindegarten last year because his birthday is in early August and he just wasn’t quite ready to start (and I wanted just one more year with him home!)