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Reactive Attachment Disorder

This encompasses all that Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) has been in our life. This is our story and each story is unique. One of my children was diagnosed with this when she was 7 years old.

Just Be Held

Just Be Held  I am, quite literally, having a come apart right now.  It has been a week, month, year…just a lot.  Here are the lyrics to this song. Just Be Held Hold it all together Everybody needs you strong But life hits you out of nowhere And barely leaves you holding on And when …

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Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD

Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD This is a tough post to write but so many thoughts on the Harsh Reality of Raising Kids with FASD is twirling through my head.  Also, both of these kids have Reactive Attachment Disorder.  Again, in FASD and RAD, they are on opposite ends of the spectrum.  It …

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What is Reactive Attachment Disorder?

  What is Reactive Attachment Disorder? What is Reactive Attachment Disorder?  RAD is a condition in which individuals have difficulty forming loving lasting relationships.  Let me just tell you…this is HARD.  Seemingly, on the outside, things look great.  However, at home, it is like living in a nightmare.  Sadly, this is a nightmare that you …

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Part 3 Welcome Home

  Part 3 Welcome Home.  My flesh screams and I’m hanging onto the armrests of my airplane seat.  I refuse to move.  This is my anniversary.  This is our planned TRIP.  We are not moving.  I do not want to stay.  Honestly, I would live in France, if I had too, but guess what?  I …

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Part 2 Uhm NO

Yesterday, I wrote the FIRST PART to my story…..today, the continuing saga 🙂   Part 2 Uhm NO.  Uhm, WHAT??????!!!!!!!!!!!!  Holland?   Uhm, no.  No thank you.   I know nothing and I do not have an itinerary.  Sadly, I do not have a place to stay, I don’t know where to eat, I know nothing.  NOTHING.  I …

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Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We

Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We Part 1 Heading to Paris or Are We?  Let’s all just take a moment and soak in the beauty of the David.  Michelangelo was a master in his craft.  I mean……God created this man and honed his craft to leave people like me, breathless.  I love art, …

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Welcome to Holland

Welcome to Holland is a poem that I have always loved.  It is a different way to look at things when life does not go as planned.  There are 4 of my 7 children who have special needs.  We have dealt with Dyslexia, learning disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, and …

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Living in Reality Vs. Fantasy

Living in Reality Vs. Fantasy Living in Reality Vs. Fantasy is a hard thing to do with most people.  The other night, when I was cooking supper, G came in the kitchen with 2 pages worth of notes that she wanted to discuss.  When she does this….it is exhausting because it is difficult to explain …

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You Have One Leg Shorter Than the Other Leg

You Have One Leg Shorter Than the Other Leg is an analogy that I used with as I was cooking supper.  G was asking me if I knew of a tattoo cream that could fade unwanted tattoos.  I said yes, but I doubted if they worked.  Most people get them lasered off and that is …

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What a Ride It Has Been

What a Ride It Has Been

What a Ride It Has Been

What a Ride It Has Been.  We were so young when we got married.  Also, we were super young when we started having children.  Had we stopped at 3 kids, we would be empty-nesters right about now.  Wow.  That’s a thought!

Choices

Instead of being “about done,” we ended up with 4 more kids.  We didn’t just adopt more kids, we adopted 4 special needs kids.  Our kids need range from Learning disabilities to Dyslexia. Add in the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Oh, and there is single-sided deafness and Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome.

Go Big or Go Home

Somedays, I wish I would just go home.  I know that is pathetic to say.  Realize that we didn’t set out to “save the world” by adopting these special needs kids.  Ironically, we had no idea anything was wrong when we chose them.  If I had to do it all over again…I would say yes.  I would say yes even knowing what I know now.  That is the beauty of love.

Are We Done?

There is the firm answering of this question.  The answer, right now, is no…we are done.  But then, there is God.  He tends to rock my world a little more than what I think I want it rocked.

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