Hi Aiden and Seth, I just wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you. Last week was particularly difficult, but I’m doing better this week, I guess. Still miss you guys a lot. Thought maybe I could tell you some of the things that are going on with your sister, Haley.
First of all, you should know that the things you’ve been told about Haley are not true. She has no mental or emotional problems, and did not “take over my role as the abuser”. That’s just nonsense. Haley lived at Cherokee Estate for a year, and got along just fine with all the other girls, and even earned herself several privileges there. She came home to live with me permanently on August 8th (so over a month ago), and has been doing very well. She is not on any medication, because she never needed to be. She is attending church and school, and making friends in both places. She has her own room. There is no yelling, or angry slamming of doors, or any need to “restrain” anyone. On the contrary, having her home has been a blessing, both for her and for me.
Now that you know what’s NOT going on, let me tell you what IS happening. I know that Jenn took you both out to fun places several times and left Haley home, punishing her due to some infraction, whether real or imagined. Well, she now has an annual pass at Disney, and we’ve been at least three times. She’s also been to SeaWorld several times. She decided to cut her hair short, and she looks fantastic with it that way. She has joined the Air Force JROTC at school and was already made the first commander of her Freshman class. So far she’s loving it. She’s also participating in band. I got her a trumpet a few weeks ago, she’s been practicing, and getting pretty good. Last weekend we went to a concert at the House of Blues in Disney Springs, because I know the band. She’s been going back to the church you were all going to before you left Florida, and is planning a sleepover with one of her friends soon.
I don’t tell you this to make you envious, but to tell you that your sister is a good person. She always has been. She misses both of you guys a lot, and I know she wishes you could be with us when we do these things. We almost always talk about you two when we’re out doing things, and even when we’re just at home hanging out. Your sister loves you, and so do I.
Dad and Haley ready to climb!
Special treat! Lobsters for dinner tonight!