I thought it would be fun to do a look back and look forward post. For us, our biggest change came way back in February when Duckie no longer had to follow her rotation diet. She began to feel more like a regular kid. Then, in October, the allergist said we may someday not even have an epipen for her. Even though she still needs to carry it for now, a great weight was lifted from my shoulders. Duckie's done some wonderful things in her sixth year: won an essay contest, read at three different story times, won a trophy for cheer leading and had an honorable mention in a local coloring contest. Though she still has had more than her fair shares of struggles, I'd have to say 2007 has been a good year for her. I credit a lot of that to some maturity on her part, my husband being more supportive, having teachers and other adults in her life that get her, plus I've found some outside interests so that I'm not always there to catch her when she falls. So she learning to catch herself more often and how to take her lumps when that doesn't work out. I hope that Duckie learns to have more faith in herself in 2008. She's a great girl if she just gives herself a chance. Plus I hope she'll let go of some of the drama queen attitude, it really doesn't serve her well. I also hope she gets a clearer sense of right, wrong and personal responsibility. I worry about her going along with the crowd. One thing that is great about her multi-age classroom is that she is starting to walk away from 1st grade peers when they all get in a tizzy. Instead, she hangs with the 2nd & 3rd grade girls. I hope to see more of that in 2008, because she tends to be easily sucked into drama. I also hope she learns to be more organized at school, even her teacher is acknowledging that it is a problem. She's not too horribly bad at home, but that's because I won't allow it to get out of hand. But her teacher has 20 other students to move along. Anyway, there's my recap and hopes for Duckie.