It's me, Audrey Callaway writing. I know I haven't written much lately, but between taking care of the kids, getting married and spending time at the hospital with Susie, I seems to have very little time. Now that Susie is in Rehab, I have a bit more time, but not much. She is pretty happy, considering the circumstances. She has a few friends, loves her therapists and of course having her best friends as a room mate helps. Helping Rebekah Rachel through her crisis has also helped to take her mind off her own situation.
Maria is doing well in her therapy. The therapist think she is going to be a high functioning autistic, which is the best we could ask for. There are some words she still won't say but she does sign them but for the most part, she talks. The doctor said she talks more than any other autistic child he has ever seen. Like most autistic children, she is above average in intelligence. I recently had her tested by a private tutor and she was quite amazed at the level Maria is on in her education.
Lacey is just our little ballarina. She is always dancing around the house. Her ballet instructor is always telling me how well she does in her lessons. They want to move her up a class but I would rather she stay with the children her own age. She is also doing well in her pre-school work. I just started teaching her this year, because I didn't want to push her too much. She can already write her name, say the whole alphabet and count to thirty. When she was tested, she was at kindergarten level, at 4. Can you believe that?
Emily is doing well, considering. Her world was turned upside down when her parents were killed in that accident. She still takes the ADD drugs but if she didn't, I wouldn't be able to handle her. If she were the only child I had, I wouldn't have her on them. I feel bad for drugging her but I just don't see any other way. I have also started to teach her pre-school level material, but she just isn't ready for it yet. I will keep at it though.
Daniel is growing up right before us. It is so hard to believe that at the end of this year, he will be three. He misses Susie being here, as do all of us. I didn't realize how much she helped me until I didn't have her here. Until she reached the point she could not use her arms even a little, she would watch the little ones so I could get cleaning done. Daniel also talks up a storm. You can imagine how much I enjoy the quiet when they are all in bed!
Rick is doing well. Working hard, to earn money for his family. The company has been talking about transfering him to another office in Maine. We are really hoping that does not happen, as it would put the kids all the way across the country from their friends. I would really hate to uproot them, especially Susie. Heaven knows she has had enough unheaval in her lifetime! I guess we will just have to wait and see how things unfold. Well, I must really be out of my mind. Rick and I have been talking about adopting two little girls, ones that were abused by the same people who abused my girls. The agency approached me about taking them. They have been trying to place them but everyone who takes them brings them back soon. They just can't handle the problems these girls have. I have a little experience, being I have helped my girls through the same ordeal. As you can imagine, We are praying about this. I haven't told the children because I have not made up my mind whether or not I am going to take them on. I did tell Kendra and Naomi of course.
Well, I need to get supper on. The children are getting hungry and I will have to take Susie supper when Rick gets home from work. She is doing so well in her therapy, the doctor said she might only be there for three months, instead of six. Hope to hear from you soon. Update me on what has been going on in your life.