Tuesday, August 25, 2009

When A Plan Is Not A Plan

I am the type of person who likes to know what the plan of action for the day, week, and month are and that way things get done. The four youngest kids do best when things are run that way as well. They like lots of structure and routine. Now there are always things that come up which call for changes in the plan and I am flexible enough to work with that as well.

I had a PCA schedule worked out that met our needs around here and then even though the class schedules for our college student PCAs were here and we had figured out a plan of action more then a month ago it all fell through yesterday. One of our PCAs went to class as had been scheduled and found out that her entire schedule had been changed. They gave no explanation for the changes but the new schedule is a mess. She had intended to attend classes in the mornings and then be available to work when Paul got home from school. Now her classes mostly run from 4:00 to 8:00 in the evening. That is the time of day when everything goes absolutely nuts around. here. Hanna is bouncing off the walls after holding it together all day and her meds are about to wear off as well. Lauren will need help with homework. Everyone needs to be fed and showered, and on many evenings Karre will have swim meets which either I or her Dad will attend if at all possible.

Jared also found out yesterday that he will not have a job after his internship ends.. The bakery where he is working is laying two other people off at the end of the year so they certainly can not hire him. Needless to say he is not all that excited about the situation, but he is glad that he can come home and PCA so he is better off then all of his friends. The economy is teaching these kids some big lessons here. Now Jared is looking for an apartment to rest or a house to buy. It seems that around here it is more cost effective to buy something. The girl friend also wants to move down here so that also needs to be worked out. For the most part I am staying out of those matters as they are both adults. I will give my opinion if asked but they can do what they want to. The girl friend is a nice kid and he is very happy so that is what counts.

I need to go with Lauren to physical therapy and speech this afternoon. Documenting information for insurance in order to get her a communication device, is making me a little crazy as the pile of paper is really adding up.

The moral of the story here is that the best laid plans will change and life will go on even if it is not the way we envisioned it would.

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