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The School thing has already been addressed as the School Nurse is one of our personal friends and we have talked it over with her. I do a good bit of Volunteer work with the school also and tis will not be a problem. The school is in prime condition as it is only five years old and we have great maintainence staff.
My wife and I show affection in some ways, but Sommer knows it is far from perfect. It is in any case a far cry from what she had at home with her mom and dad, both of whom went to prison. Mom is out and doing well but dad went back on a Parole violation and will most likely be in and out forever.
Sommer is my Step- Grandchild (my wife is blood related as this is her son's daughter) I fought for a long time with no lawyer to get my name on the custody papers. The Judge had said there was no Legal Precedence to sustain the decision. I countered that he could "Set a Legal Precedence" and the parents had thirty days in which to appeal, the same was true for Children's Services but they were in support of my getting custody. The judge said something about the parents both being on Escape from the Jail and I asked if the laws made exclusions for that. I knew it didn't and he just asked the Guardian Ad litem if she would draw up the papers and he would sign them. he asked all parties present if there were any objections. I had letters of support from our Sheriff, two Children's Service Workers, one of which was the Regional Director, the Director of the Tri-County Foster Parents Assoc, another Judge, and a US Senator, Lamar Alexander who I have known for almost thirty years. I thus became the First NON-Blood Related Step-Grandparent in Tennessee to ever be put on Total Custody Papers . I have given information to many others on where to find resources to back up their arguments.
Sommer has been a Straight A Student so far in school. I teach her about the things out here on the farm and in Nature, how to build a campfire, how to shoot a .22 rifle, her own flower and veggie garden and her own pets she has to take care of. She is what keeps me going and right now I have to mow some then take her over to the creek to go swimming. We'll do Fine. She goes to visit and talk with a Child Psychologist every 3 months who she talks freely with and she gives us feedback which is helpful. Thanks for the reply, Tommy
"Wakan Takan Nici Un"
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story of life. Yes, indeed, Sommer is blessed to be with you. I see why you and your wife are willing to go the extra mile by staying together for her.
Enjoy your moments with her, she is your joy.