Yes, this was our dream to move here. Yes, we had so much we wanted to see, do and experience. But that was short lived once our teenage son needed our help, all of our energy and motivation was spent focusing on what we needed to do, how to help and trying to find someone who could help us help him. So, our list of what we wanted to see and do quickly got put on the back burner. Those items still exist and one of these days, we will be able to fulfill those wanted experiences which I’ll go into detail more in another blog.
Don’t get me wrong, we did what we could; we lived in a beautiful home just a few blocks from the beach, a quick walk to a gorgeous park with a breathtaking view in a neighborhood that had the most incredible neighbors. We drove to places that had views you would only see on TV, we found a few favorite hiking places near home that we would do with our little guy Maxwell and had a few of our favorite places to eat that we would frequent.
We had him enrolled in a school right by our house that a parent could only be so lucky to find. The staff was so engaged in their needs and when you dropped him off, you felt like you were dropping him off with people that cared and loved him just as much as you did. They enjoyed having him, he’s such a character. They were always telling me stories of his silly antics and would chuckle the entire story. Athletically, he was much more advanced than the other children his age (probably due to having much older siblings), he would get bored on the toddler playground so they would have someone stay with him and take him to the preschool playground to play which he really enjoyed.
My heart truly believes that we were blessed with our little Surprise (Maxwell) to help us get through all the upcoming struggles which we were clearly unaware of at the time. This kid has the biggest personality, is ALL BOY, always smiling, laughing, being silly, and has no fear. He is what kept us going and made it possible for us to smile and laugh during those few years while feeling scared, lost, and sometimes hopeless/helpless.
Here are a few videos/photos of his Great Big Personality!
Exploring was a Favorite…
And this is our Full of Life, Full of Personality “Surprise”
When my husband and I made the decision to move back to Kansas, as much as it hurts to say, we did this knowing that due to the drugs, our teenage son wouldn’t be here today. This was a tough decision for many reasons but mostly because our daughter had made the decision to stay in California and this was devastating for me (you’ll understand just how devastating in my future blogs once you see how attached we are). We moved to California because this was the family’s dream and we would be together on our new adventure and now we are leaving and breaking the family up…this was NOT part of that Dream, as a matter of fact, this was a heart breaking Nightmare but The Best has Yet to Come!