I hope everyone is having a safe, fun and relaxing time with their loved ones. For those who are not, I hope you are able to find peace and happiness however you can. Often our lives are interchangeable - one year we’re surrounded by loved ones, and the next year, we’re out in the cold. You never know how things will turn out, one day to the next.
Life is full of surprises and not all of them are good. But the human spirit is strong, and thankfully it can usually help us get through the tough times … It never hurts to have faith that things will work out, that time can make painful memories manageable, and to believe that there are good people in the world (because there are!). <3
For Christmas, I got my teen niece a Nexus 7 tablet. She will use it for fun, but I am also encouraging her to use it to augment her education. Her school sounds terrible. I want her to use it to read books and to teach herself new things. I told her about the free SAT prep apps, and sent her a link to be able to download a bunch of ebooks I am sharing with her. I explained (via text - her favorite medium) how to customize her Nexus device and how to find free books through the Kindle app.
I also got her a keyboard attachment so she can use the Nexus 7 like a laptop. I hope this device makes a difference in her life … she’s a smart person and I think that her past actions demonstrate that she’s a survivor - she found me online to find her dad, and she knows she doesn’t want the kind of life that she’s presently living. If her mom ends up breaking her promise and goes back to meth, I will be happy to take her. I can worry about all the stressful stuff later, for now I just feel good knowing that I am doing the best that I can to be there for her.
I’m a little disappointed that my younger niece and nephew’s case worker never called me back in time for me to send Christmas gifts through her. Since I can’t mail things to the foster mom, I had wanted to send them things through the worker, and was told I could. But the worker never called me back, so I was too late.
I’m going to call them tomorrow and see how their Christmas went. I’ll let them know that I’m working out getting gifts to them ASAP.
Although I am honestly very happy to not have any children right now LOL, I’m looking forward to later next year when I will have a child in my home … whether it’s my niece, or a foster teen. <3