Friday, September 5, 2014

I Took A Deep Breath... Then I Let It Go

You know how you hold your breath when something is going really well, just waiting for something to go wrong? And then when it’s still good you dig a little deeper in hopes that if you find something not-so-perfect then at least you were hurt sooner rather than later?

That was me not that long ago… At the “Holding my breath” stage… However, now, I feel that I am perfectly in the center of God’s will for my life! So, maybe I'm now in the “truly blessed” stage. However, I’m sure hoping it’s not a “calm before the storm” stage! I’m finding strength daily and it’s hard to keep from smiling! It’s the deep down joy and peace that can only come from Him! And I have it right now! However, I’m confused as to why I want to cry at the same time? Must be that deep!? Totally makes sense, joy that makes you emotional all the way to the core! HA! ;)

The boys’ school option for this year has been a huge relief and a major factor in my contentment. I was fretting a little in the spring with where they were going to go in the fall and how it would work with our busy schedule. I’ll admit, last year was a hard growing year.  Homeschooling was the right decision but, it doesn’t mean it was easy. However, there were dozens of reasons that proved it was right for Isaac! The plan all along was to homeschool Isaac for kinder and then send him to the mosaic program for 1st grade. Well, when I got the call in the spring that Isaac had been accepted, I felt defeated… Like I gave up on teaching him myself. It made me sad and I questioned if this would be the right choice. I felt like every year was a brand new school experience/decision and I was ready to stay in one spot and for that to be the RIGHT spot! Homeschooling was a challenge but, it was a familiar challenge.

Fast forward to today and I couldn’t be more at ease. Isaac is in the mosaic program at RiverSprings. He goes to school M-W-F (8:30-2:40) and T-Th are home study days. The work is given by the teacher which means I don’t have to lesson plan anymore! Woohoo! It is the perfect balance of class and home. There is only one class per grade so it is a very controlled and personal learning environment. We know so many families that attend and parent involvement is through the roof! I was actually a little overwhelmed with setting up all the different ways to correspond with Isaac's teacher! After the first week (last week) I was still “holding my breath.” Is this really as good as I’m anticipating!? But then I read Isaac’s teacher’s introduction letter and realized she is our perfect fit. Isaac has excelled in every single thing he has EVER done. However, there is one area that he is still struggling, reading. Well, his teacher has her masters in Reading Education and is a Reading Specialist. I told Isaac that she is now part of our team in helping him achieve his goals!

Then there’s Parker… The preschool that I really wanted him to go to already had a waiting list by the time I was able to get there and sign him up. Yup, only a few hours into registration day and we were on “The List.” A month or two later, I still hadn’t heard from them and couldn’t get a hold of them (to this day I haven’t had any contact). Soooo I executed Plan B and enrolled him in another preschool. Turns out Plan B should have been Plan A. We met his teachers today and he starts Monday. And to top it off, one of his best buddies is in his class that we thought was going to be in another class! God knows the plans He has for us and it’s so cool to see the details HE places along the way!

And Blake!? Well, he’ll just keep partyin’ and being cute!
First day of first grade!

Home study day working on his "Math about Me" project. He told me blue hair is so cool! And two jackets weren't necessary but, it was a rare, cool morning!

I'll admit, another reason we chose to homeschool is because we wanted to shelter our kids... Keep them in a bubble... Make them weird by sitting with us all day at the kitchen table doing school work! Because this seemed like a much better option than sending them to public school and turning them into convicts!
(Two can play this game!) 
Actually, Isaac goes to a PUBLIC school! Today he had to take three items that described himself. He chose a baseball because he loves sports and is athletic. Donatello because he is the oldest brother and likes to create things and a Bible because he is a Christian and has Jesus in his heart. I was so proud of him. He's on a battlefield everyday but, he is armed with the Truth! He has a huge advantage over us adults... He is still experiencing child like faith.

When he hopped in the car today I asked him how his day was. He quickly put his head down and said, "Not so good!" I panicked and figured I'd be getting a call from his teacher. Then he lifted his hand and showed me this! I felt bad for him but, I was relieved too! Poor guy is serious about his monkey bars!
Parker with his buddy, Nate! They are only a few weeks apart and have been friends since before birth (if that's possible)! Parker also had his school physical and was a complete champ! He was told two shots were coming so he jumped up on the table and took 'em like a man! He told me they hurt and that he almost cried but, he was fine! He's also 47lbs. which is in the 90/95 percentile.  

Can't forget Blake! He wants everyone to know that he is three and weighs a tiny 33lbs! And while he'll tell you that he's "Just Blake," we all know him as the cutest thing in the world! Slower than molasses which makes him a ninja turtle minus the ninja part but, completely irresistible!   
See, three reasons as to why I am so blessed, blessed, and blessed! My main man deserves his own post too! I'd fill up a whole blog book just writing about how good he is to me and how thankful I am for him!