Jesse, my grandmother used to say "the Bible says 'bring up a child in the
way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it' but it
say what he might do in the meantime." Surely watching my three boys make
unwise decisions and actions gave me many gray hairs and heartaches, but
they did grow up, and each is quite successful in his life, though in three
totally different ways. Now the older ones are going through the same
with their children. My middle son recently said he finally understands
felt about some of the things he did when he was young. There are some
mistakes they just have to make, and some things they have to figure out on
their own. All you can do is give them continuing love and they do grow up.
Trust Brandi to figure things out for herself. In the meantime, you have my
And enjoy chaotic Thanksgivings. Our quiet one was pleasant, but I do miss
the excitement of family and friends.
In a message dated 11/28/2009 11:46:03 AM Eastern Standard Time,
Hi Auralie, Brandi is fine. Physically. The doctor had us all scared
to death that she had AVM, but that's not what it was. The spot on
the back of her head was more like the thick red birth marks that you
see on somebody's face, that is raised up a bit. It's a concentrated
area of very fine veins, but nothing that will harm her. Her
migraines and numbness are pretty much caused by STRESS. Most of her
stress is self-induced. A at 21 years old she is making some
decisions that end up causing a lot of this. In debt, can't find a
job, college classes (which I am paying for), roommate moved out and
left her high and dry, medical bills stacking up for all of her stress
related illness problems, etc. I gave her the option to move back
home so she can find work, pay off her bills and get back on her feet.
No go - that would mean "failure on her part". Like I
said...self-induced stress. As a parent it's difficult to watch your
children make ridiculous decisions, and then suffer because of it.
But she'll have to do something pretty soon. She can't keep going on
like this for long. But THANKS for asking.
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