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I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here

I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here

These were the words uttered by Zak before we said our goodbyes at Washington University in St. Louis last month. He had taken us to “The Loop,” a 10-minute walk from campus, where we enjoyed a delicious lunch together. While he was talking about all the things he was looking forward to trying out and getting involved with first semester, he got a big grin on his face and said, “Talking about all of this makes me think of the song from Annie, ‘I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here.’” I turned to Scott and said, “We can go now. He’s going to be fine…”   

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We were incredibly impressed with the campus, and the ambience that surrounds WashU. Everyone we came in contact with was upbeat, friendly and helpful. At Convocation, one of the student speakers shared that WashU is not perfect. Good. Let this be a place that challenges Zak, which stretches his mind. Another speaker gave a wish that each student will find success, and that he/she will also “fail miserably” at something. Great.

Elyse has started at the Middle School, and so far we think it is going well. We are watching her change before our eyes; both physically and emotionally. Our young lady is exhibiting a sense of responsibility and independence that wasn’t present at the beginning of summer. While she claims she does not miss her oldest brother (now she gets a bathroom to herself, one that doesn’t have the toilet seat left up!), I know they have been texting since he left and that means the world to her. Kadish, Elyse RH 2015 8-19-2015 2-51-48 PMShe also put a lot of effort into preparing a special care package that we brought out to Zak when we helped him move in to his dorm, complete with “Frozen” band-aids!

To round out the transitions, Ethan also changed buildings and started the year attending the High School! Kadish, Ethan RH 2015 8-19-2015 4-47-32 PMIt proved to be a challenging move for a variety of reasons and we have begun the process of changing his school location to one within our county that can provide even more therapy services throughout his day. This is in no way a negative reflection on the Loveland City School District, which has gone beyond our expectations in providing Ethan with an appropriate school setting. We are extremely grateful to the staff and administration for continuing to work with us as we find the best placement for Ethan. They have made it abundantly clear that when the time is right, the doors will be wide open for Ethan to return to his “home school!”

It seems somewhat fitting that we are going through all of these transitions as we also prepare for Rosh Hashanah. A time for change; a time for reflection; a time for growth.

Our wishes for the New Year? How about a year of growth and positive change? Or a milestone year of firsts? We’ll even take a year of staying out of the inpatient rooms at the hospital—that would encompass both of the previous wishes. Whatever the year holds for our family we will try our best to roll with the changes and keep our feet grounded, so as not to lose our foothold.

For our family, our friends, our community and beyond—whether you observe Rosh Hashanah or the upcoming change in the season—we wish for you a time of change, reflection and growth.

Shabbat Shalom and L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu—May you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year,

Alexia and Scott

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9 Comments on "I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here"

  • Carol S. says

    Thank you for continuing to lift us up! I have seen the strength of your faith through your blog writings, and feel I have learned about Judaism from your response to deep challenges.

    May you and your family be blessed with joy and strength

    during this holy period.

  • Kirsten says

    Love, hugs, and prayers from Texas. :) Also wishing you a very happy and blessed new year.

  • Michael and Bridget Katchman says


    L'Shanah Tovah to your family!!

    WE wish you all the very best in 5776 and that all your wishes come true.




  • Stefi &Gary Zola says

    Wishing your entire family a Shana Tova…a year filled with hope, and good health 

  • Mark S. Anshan says

    Thinking of you.  Thanks for the update.  L'Shana tova – with hope for a good of good health for everyone and much happiness.  Will call.


  • Inga & Henry says

    May the New Year bring you all the wonderful things – good health, happiness, love – that you and all the family deserve.  Our thoughts, as always, are with you. Inga & Henry

  • Jamie Gunn says

    We do not know one another, but you are one of the most wonderful people I have come across.  you are articulate, kind, honest, authentic, loving, and inspiriting.  Ethan – via you and your family – have taught me so much.  With love.  Jamie

  • Adrienne Davidson says

    Thanks for the update and photos!

  • Dana Gehri says

    I hope that the new year will be filled with good steps forward for your family.  Every time I read one of your posts, I remember your children, and the memories always put a smile on my face.  

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