Happy Monday!

August 31st, 2015

Look at this big girl on her first day back to school!

She didn’t really understand or get excited until I began carrying her down the front steps, but Katie is so ready to get back to school!  With a new classroom, new teacher, and new para-educator, we’re grateful for the familiar bus driver, therapists, and para who have all worked with Katie in the past.



She’ll have some adjustments to make, but she’s been so resilient in the past that with consistency from her whole school team, we’re confident that she’ll soon settle into her new routine and continue the good progress she’s made in the past.

And beginning tomorrow morning, we’ve finally reached the two week period of time we’ve had blocked out on our calendar to completely focus on toilet training Verity.  We’re all set to implement the very intensive rapid toilet training (RTT) method outlined in this series, parts 10 through 13.  She’s showing so many signs of readiness that we’ll be very surprised if she doesn’t catch on quickly.  I’ll let you know what happens.

P.S. The above photo also serves as an “after” shot of our much-appreciated new front porch.  Joe did a fantastic job as always!

P.P.S.  Still no action on the addition…still waiting for the architect.  Does God know what He’s doing?  YES, HE ABSOLUTELY DOES.



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7 Responses to “Happy Monday!”

  1. Rebekah says:

    She is beautiful and so happy! What a change from the starving, neglected child you brought home. It’s a joy to see how far she’s come.

  2. Maureen says:

    She looks beautiful!! :)

  3. Carol says:

    What a lovely girl Katie is. I so hope to meet her and all the rest of you in person some day. Oh, and I was delighted to see a link to the videos. I’m so glad they were helpful. We’ve been away this week, but I’ve been thinking of you and Verity. I’m excited to see an update on the toilet training. :)

  4. Anna T says:

    Dearest Susanna!!

    I love this picture of your sweet Katie!! I’m praying for you as your potty train Verity. For us, it’s been a process : ) !!

    ((Hugs)), prayers and love always!!

    Anna T

  5. esther paris says:

    Porch looks great!

  6. esther paris says:

    (Duh, Earth to Esther…) Katie looks delightfully prepared for Day One of New Year, too. Hope her class is going as well as mine. God bless!

  7. Susanna says:

    Esther, her year is getting off to a bumpy start. The only para who was left of those she has known over the past two years needed major surgery this week and will be off for at least six weeks, maybe more, depending on what this surgery revealed. So Katie has not been completely happy being in a totally different room with a completely new staff, including a very young teacher who is just starting out and finding her rhythm. Katie does have the same three therapists she’s had previously, but they only work with her once weekly.

    We honestly think that most of her sadness (she has actually cried at school several times) is that she going to school every day hoping to find Mr. Allen there, and wondering why he’s not coming. I’d cry, too, if I were in her shoes! He was a very special teacher!

    But her new team is trying very hard to learn all the MANY details that come along with Katie and obviously doing their best with her and the other students. A LOT of communication is happening back and forth, and we all work well together. After meeting and interacting extensively with the two who will be spending the most time with Katie, we’re confident that Katie will do very well with them after she grows accustomed to the new situation.

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