“I’ve learned over the years, talk softly, quiet, lower your voice, and with Kelly, it’s a lot of touching the arm,” she said. “Letting him know I love him. Daniel, anymore, lots of hugs. A hug is the best thing.”
Rene’, who works at the UPS Store in Traverse City, said the struggles weren’t only with the boys, but also herself. She often compared them to her sister’s children, who excelled in school.
“It was wrong for me to say it, but I often thought, ‘Why did she get the perfect life?’” she said. “But now I’m realizing the way my life is the way it is. The dear Lord made my boys special in a lot of ways. And He made me be a special person in order to handle them.”