Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Miss Alyssa is struggling!

I think the holiday combined with me losing my job is weighing heavily on her mind.

We have tried to reassure her, but we are seeing outright defiance. Then, when we say anything, she bursts into tears and says "Everyone is always yelling at me"!

My plan is to pull her in close and just keep talking about traditions, trying to incorporate things that she remembers from holidays past. Lots of patience is going to be required, but hey, I should have lots of it 'cause I have no work related stress - right?

We have a busy week planned. Tammy will be here tonight, Wednesday we will prepare all the goodies for Thanksgiving. Miss Alyssa wants sweet potato pie so that will be a new experience for us. Friday morning it will be up at 4:00am for shopping and then we will start decorating for Christmas.

Here is what I am thankful for:

My husband and my daughter
My wonderful friends
My blogging friends
I will have time to enjoy the holidays this year
New opportunities

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Ashley said...

In my thoughts, now and always...

FaerieMama said...

Holidays are hard for my girl too. We generally "cuddle' about 5 times a day, but during pre-holiday weeks like this, I feel like I'm IN bed more than out! I just make it a point to drop everything I'm doing when she needs
that close face to face time. About an hour ago she came to me for 'cuddle' time and...guesss what...she fell asleep! Their little minds have to work so hard during stressful times. I'm so glad her body allowed her to konk out for awhile! Hope Alyssa feels better soon. I'm sending her cyber hugs ( but dont tell

Lisa said...

I totally agree with Faerie Mama. Lots of snuggle time. Be sure to get Jeff to fill you back up though.
Losing my job was hard on J too but it seemed to help when I asked her how she could be part of the solution. She volunteered to give up things and found things to sell to help out. It was really sweet and it let her help "fix" it which gave her a little control.
Although she did cry in therapy last week because she thought she might have to give that up. So sad.... The AT assured her that she wasn't leaving her and would be there for her. So sweet.
Hoping you have a wonderful holiday Gerri. I'll be with you in spirit.

Lisa said...

Ok Gerri, it's time to check in. How are things going???? How are you????
Hugs, me

Brenda said...

(((((((((hugs)))))) to mama too. I'm sure the job loss and holidays weigh heavily on you as well.

Lisa said...

Thanks for letting me know. I here for you. Sending you hugs and love. L