School is Out! a reflection on the school year – part 1

Break Time

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about Summer Break before. This past year brought a lot of change for us. It has been amazing to see God open doors, place people in my (our) path and provide for things I could not have imagined.
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This little summary of Isiah 48:11 is something I’ve watched God do this past year.
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Isaiah 58:11
Last Day
Today was the last day of the school.received_10156023712727025-1.png
It was about this time last year that I said:
“God if you want them to go to that school you will have to open that door”.
This time last year we were finishing up another year of homeschooling. I had a 4th, 2nd (with special needs) and a Kindergartener. We had a great Co-op we were a part of and I had even become a leader within the group. Things were busy but good!
What most people didn’t know is that it was hard for me as a mom. I was watching my kindergartener grow and learn. Everything was clicking for him and his face would light up as he would get it. But I was also for the first time watching Grace work very hard, in some of the same books as my kindergartener, and still struggling. This broke my heart in a way I didn’t see coming and made me cry “it’s not fair”. Knowing that I could expect her to learn in her own time and that there may be struggles was one thing, to watch this was another.
Ready for Help
God got me to the point where I was willing to seek out some help. It didn’t start out as looking for a school I was just looking for help. I ended up finding a school that I thought she would do well in if she were to go there. We applied, I continued to learn more about the school and pray. We had applied late in the year and were far down on the waitlist.
That is when I said: “God if you want them to go to that school You will have to open that door”. I had done a little research thought maybe just maybe one child would get in sometime during the upcoming school year.
It was July when I got the call that my son got a place in the school. This wasn’t the campus I applied for but another one (you are supposed to apply for each campus separately) I asked about my girls, Anna got in right away and I got word a few days later Gace also had a place too.
Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think – Ephesians 8:20a
God opened that door!!!
But His provision didn’t end there
Grace has special needs and that needed to be set up for her. It took lots of paperwork and a few meetings. It took most of the fall semester to get everything in place. All of this was new to me. I got to know our coordinator as we worked to get Grace everything she needs. She patiently taught me what I needed to do.
God provided wonderful teachers for Grace who love her and keep her learning. She had wonderful classmates who accepted and loved on her. There is one girl who has just taken to her and is a special friend to her. She is an answer to prayer! I had prayed and asked God to send a special friend for Grace and He did!!!
Just when I thought we were finally getting used to going to school and settling into a routine, we began asking questions about my other two children. I expected the challenges with Grace I didn’t have concerns about the other two.

~Part 2 coming next week~

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