Another year is ending, and what a wild year it has been. The little girl has really gotten into Christmas, and this year’s Christmas and the girl looks like it’s going to be the best one since she came home from the hospital.

We’ve been working hard on so many things this year, and I am so proud of her in so many ways. We have finally crossed the hurdle of being completely potty trained, she is learning to use her indoor voice, and I can’t say enough about how helpful she is.

I encourage her curiosity in as many ways as I can. She loves helping around the house – even if her attention gets her in a bit of trouble sometimes. Her teachers and doctors are incredibly pleased with her progress.

Right now, yes, I’m being very vague about things. We’re at another hurdle in her life – one that her father and I wish had been well before it happened in our lives. Yes, we’re thinking of medication. I’ll write more about that when we cross that bridge. I know it’s a decision that is hard for a lot of parents of children on the spectrum.

Christmas is about two weeks away, and this weekend will be the weekend we put up the tree. I also need to get her yearly ornament, continuing a tradition that my parents had with me, and it paid off when I moved out on my own. I can’t wait to see how she helps this year. It’s like watching a flower bloom watching her grow up and her world expanding.

From us to you, we wish you a happy holiday season no matter what you celebrate. That this busy and stress filled season has moments of quiet and that it is full of love.