Yolie's World

Monday, October 23, 2006

The past couple of weeks have been like a whirlwind around here. Last week, as most of you know, my mom had surgery which kept her in the hospital for seven days. Yes, seven days without Big Mama...it was so hard. Chuck and I volunteered to take in Gito, Joey and Jose while Mom was in the hospital so that they would not be disruptive at Mom's house. It was by far one of the most trying weeks of my life. On top of the great pregnancy woes of morning sickness and fatigue, my fifteen month old CJ, and my husband who was on "vacation," Joey, Gito and Jose took everything out of me. The constant rude remarks, re-direction and supervision was very tiring. Having three cop cars in my front yard in the morning to deal with an EIGHTEEN year old who shouldn't need babysitting about put me over the edge. I love my siblings, all of them, but these three really tested me last week, not to mention my sweet husband. I know Chuck loves my family, and when we were discussing who to babysit while Mom was out of commission, he did not hesitate about taking the three top offenders into our home. He willingly gave up a weeklong vacation in Destin, Florida so that we could do what needed to be done for my family. Amazingly, after a week with these three, police activity, totally rude behavior toward him and two migraines (which he has never had), he still says he'd do it again. That is why I love him so much. Even though he was shocked by the way three kids talked to him (remember, he was raised in a military family), he never raised his voice or showed any signs of losing it with them. After Joey had threatened to hurt him and ran away, he lovingly went outside when Joey re-appeared and put his arm around him to talk him down before the police cars arrived at our house. He attempted to talk to Gito as he drive him to school in the morning, although all he got was a cold shoulder and an attitude whenever he asked him a question. Through all that, he still told me he thought all three of these boys would be alright in the end, they just had some major growing up to do. I'm glad he can see it, because after last week I had my doubts. Of course, if the need arose, I'd do it again, too. My family needed me and that's what family does...even if it does mean lowering the property value in our neighborhood by inviting the sheriff's department for a mid-morning party. As my old boss and dear family friend Emily said, "welcome to the world of special needs adoption."

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Yesterday's Good News

Yesterday was one of the hardest and scariest days of my life, and that's saying alot with the kind of childhood I had. As Mom has already blogged, she had an appointment yesterday to get the results of her CAT scan, an appointment that had us all pretty much paralyzed (and of course, it wasn't until after five o'clock, which made the day that much more agonizing). PRAISE GOD, she got great news and our worst fears were not realized. Although she will have surgery at the end of the week, the relief of knowing that she is not afflicted with something life-threatening brought me to tears late last night. I woke up, or rather CJ woke me up, at 4 am, and even after tussling with him to get him back to sleep I could not close my eyes for all of the emotions running through me. The last week has pretty much been one of my worst nightmares. The thought of my mother not being well only contributed to my constant feeling of wanting to throw up (I'm battling terrible morning (all day) sickness). All of my fears, which I try to keep hidden and deep, came rushing to the front of my head and I felt helpless. There was nothing I could do to fix it, which is what I automatically try to do in any situation. There was nothing but paralyzing fear. I know that it must be every child's worst fear to lose a parent, and with my background the fear is magnified from already having lost so much. I went straight back to being eleven years old. All the irrational fears of being abandoned and left to fend for myself surfaced. Deep down I knew that if we got bad news, I would buckle down and take care of all of the responsibilities that would come, but that did not mean that I was not terrified. Even more than myself, I worried about all my younger siblings. They simply would not understand if something happened to Mom. She's supposed to be there, that's what she promised us when she adopted us. In the eyes of an adopted child who has lost so much already, it is seen as just another promise broken. This is a tough standard to hold a Mother to, and yet it's what Mom has to deal with. When she is not 100% the kids tend to resent it, acting out and usually adding ten tons to the stress she is already feeling. It's unfair and I wish I could make them stop, but I can't. Some small part of me still understands how they feel, the only difference is that I can step back and see that I will survive, and the younger kids only see the end of the fairy tale. So, again, I am so thankful to God for providing out family with such a positive outcome. The next few weeks will be tough on our family, but if there is one thing Mama has taught us, it's that family will get you through. I am so thankful for my family.