Monday, January 31, 2011

The story....part one.

It happened on a Monday. Then again, doesn’t it always? It had been a hectic day, scurrying from one thing to the next, but I'd always been a step behind. Kids were cranky and exhausted from weekend fun, and ballet was completely forgotten amidst the chaos. Dinner was a rushed affair, as math homework loomed, and baths were forced upon unwilling hoodlums. It was nearly nine o’clock, when Adrain and I sank onto the couch, side-by-side, to watch American Idol. Home school had sapped every remaining shred of energy from me by about noon, so I was happy to enjoy a few peaceful moments next to my man.

Leaning our heads back on the couch we began talking. Adrain knew I’d been struggling to juggle our home school curriculum and some of the hidden disorders our son deals with, since the second day of this particular school year. As he opened up the topic, he asked me if I’d ever considered that our chapter on home schooling might be coming to a close. I felt a flicker of interested enthusiasm spasm through my chest, and immediately sat up. He had my attention. After some extensive soul searching for the following hour, we talked about options that might be better. By the time we collapsed into bed, my mind was wide awake and excitedly spinning ideas in the air. We had committed to pray about the options, but were heavily leaning toward re-enrolling our kids into public school the following Autumn. And besides that, we were now considering the possibility of having our precious son repeat the fourth grade. Academically he was fine, but socially, he was younger and smaller, and less mature than the older and bigger kids in his class.

I had never seriously considered the possibility, but I could suddenly see all the benefits for a child like my son. I could see how it could be something that would help him succeed, and like any mother who adores her children, that’s what I wanted most in the world for my boy.

Tuesday dawned bright and early, sunshiney and full of promise. Of course nothing had really changed, but we had a tentative plan of action and sometimes that’s really all you need to spur you on. We went through the day, and I wrote a heart wrenching post on making these kinds of decisions. Comments and private emails began flooding into my inbox, assuring me that women all over the world not only related to my fears, plans, and uncertainties, but wanted to encourage me and share both their successes, and struggles.

Later that afternoon, I shuttled my sweet boy to taekwondo. I bumped into another mom I hadn’t seen in years, a dear old friend of mine named Conne. Our boys had attended kindergarten together, and Conne had also come from a teaching background. As we sat and got caught up, I began sharing the possibilities of reentering the kids into public school system and asking her what her thoughts were. She listened and encouraged, and even began sharing what she had heard about various school districts in the area. She said that she’d heard about the great teaching staff and support system at a school district called C.C. I didn’t think anything of it, however, because it wasn’t our district at the time. We parted ways that afternoon, and I continued feeling even more encouraged.

When I got home that evening, the hurry for dinner was going on, and my man walked in the door. “Hey babe… I think I found a cute little house for us to go check out tomorrow.” As I stirred the pot in front of me, I casually tossed a comment over my shoulder, “It doesn’t happen to be in the C. C. school district does it?” He looked at me kind of funny, and asked why. Once I’d filled him in on my conversation with Conne, he told me the address of the house, and whatdya know, but it was in the C.C. district.

Weird how that happens.

To be continued.... TOMORROW...


Charon Benton said...

WHAT? NO. I need to know now! LOL. Funny how GOD works isn't it? Love and hugs!!

Alice said...

Now this is exciting! Xxx

Kerri said...

Ok, this is like reading a suspense story! I can hardly wait until tomorrow to hear the rest! Something about the pic you chose today tells me it is good news though! Also, I had a very similar conversation with my husband and one of my friends just yesterday! My friend and I both have taught in public schools and now are little ones are going into pre-school. I am weighing the options between private and public school. On a side note, her nephew has Autism and we both agree that for us there would be no option, public school is the number one choice with the best experience and most resources.

Jules said...

I have goosebumps....I can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

Mattysarah said...

I am in suspense..can't wait but I think you're ready to share some really good news.. Do tell!!!LOL!!

Jensamom23 said...

I'm smiling already!

Mrs. Huse Clifton said...

We went through this too last year. We were at a home school stand still with my oldest son. We thought maybe school would be the answer and we chose public school at the end. We also had him repeat the last grade he was home schooled in. Not my decision I was against that. But now couldn't be happier he did. It gave him reinforcement he needed, in all areas.

We had them in public school for 1 month before we were so frustrated and upset by it we pulled them out. They are now in the best private elementary school in the county and we could not be happier, broke but happy.

It is a Montessori school and the class is mixed grades low student to teacher ratio. It is such an encouraging place and is a lot like home school.

Can't wait to see how your turned out.

Alicia said...

HEY! no fair...your readers need to know what's going on! :) it's all too exciting!!

Mary Anne said...

So far so good! Sounds like you have quite the blessing going on in your life! Cannot wait to hear part two! But why do we have to wait until tomorrow?! Hope about late tonight? ;)

The Every Day Extraordinary said...

In His time and in His way. . .looks like things are working out favorably, just like He promises. Can't wait to see what happens next!

Angela said...

I agree with everyone else--NO FAIR!!! We have a theme at our church this year and it is UNEXPLAINABLE!!! That is what we did a few weeks ago--a church wide fast looking and praying for the unexplainables in our lives. Some people had HUGE ones, mine however were not so much. Just little ones where God used me in others lives--BUT that is it, GOD was still in it no matter how big or small.

Angela said...

I agree with everyone else--NO FAIR!!! We have a theme at our church this year and it is UNEXPLAINABLE!!! That is what we did a few weeks ago--a church wide fast looking and praying for the unexplainables in our lives. Some people had HUGE ones, mine however were not so much. Just little ones where God used me in others lives--BUT that is it, GOD was still in it no matter how big or small.

Honey said...

Ummmmm...I do believe this is going to be an AWESOME God story!!! I had something very very similar happen to me on our move to Michigan from Illinois. I can not wait to hear how your God story unfolds. You are being rewarded dear for your faith!!! I can feel it!! :)

notes of sincerity said...

Oh Holy Moly!!
I am dying to read part two!
I am praying for you!!
Sincerely, Trish

thedomesticfringe said...

Wow! Can't believe you left us hanging. I really want you to finish that story!

Can't wait to see what God is cooking up for you.

I never realized, until my kids were about to go to school, what a difficult decision it is to school your kids. I mean, it's just plain difficult to know what's best. Thankfully God makes the way the clear when we need Him to.

Alli said...

Goosebumps Sasha! Coincidental - I think not - God definitely has a hand in each of our lives!

Julianne Hendrickson said...

Love it--great first part of your story :). Can't wait to hear how it turns out. God is good!

Elle Bee said... that a SOLD sign in your purse???
...well, anyway, it looks like good things are afoot. God's timing is mysterious and wonderful!

Lissa said...

that's a cool story! Makes me smile from ear to ear. Things are looking up miss sasha!

Momma Morgan said...

I actually got CHILL BUMPS when I read this! Awesome!

Amber said...

ooooh....I can't wait to hear the end of this story....or should I say the beginning. God is so boundless in blessings!

Farmgirl Paints said...

i feel kind of guilty...i know the suspenseful ending and no one else does...waahaahaaahaa;)

Sarah said...

I am hoping and praying that this is the start of a conclusion (or more a continuation I guess)of God's plan for you guys! Amazing!
Don't you love it when God's timing starts to come through!

Jewls said...

Oh can't just leave us hanging like that! I love these tender mercies, how exciting!!

PandaMom said...

That was just horrible to leave us hanging!!! You are so good at dangling that carrot! lol! Thanks for the scoop on the collage. I have premium, too but do the same thing over and over again not exploring other options. I totally figured it out now! Thanks!!! ; )

Cheryl said...

ah Sasha, you left us hanging. I have a feeling that the Lord was moving and some of your questions were answered.
I will stop by tomorrow to hopefully read ....the rest of the story.
have a blessed day!

Kim said...

....Oh, I can't totally feel it.....

Meliski said...

"I didn’t think anything of it, however, because it wasn’t our district *at the time*."

Can't wait for Part 2!

Tammy Nichols said...

Oh my, you sound like me a few years ago. My oldest son, when he was in the fourth and fifth grade not only was he the smallest, but he struggles with ADD and being a bit emotional. I didn't hold him back, but the teachers encouraged us to enroll him in private school because "regular" middle school and the kids there would "eat him alive". That is something a mom wants to hear right?! We did enroll him in private school, and it was pure HELL. sorry, but it was. Hours upon hours of homework, judgement, cliques, harrassement, you name it, and this was a CHRISTIAN private school. After surviving that, we enrolled him in public school for seventh grade and he has never had a better year. The teachers are precious and love him to death, and though he hears things I wish he didn't have to hear, he has a Rock to stand on, and he is doing just fine! Good luck to you and your hoodlums, from me and my hoodlums! said...

Noooooooo!!! No cliff-hangers :) Seriously, I can't wait to hear the rest of your story and I can only imagine the amount that God has his hands on this!!! Yipppeee!!!

Mandy said...

Life is exciting isn't it - the Lord has seen you - see my latest post for more :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh! That sounds so exciting. One of my very good friends just took her girls out of Christian school and put them into public school. They just couldn't afford Christian. She is having such a good experience and I am thankful!

Thank you so much for your lovely comment at Becky's blog about my interview. I was super nervous and it was delightful to read such kindness : )

I hope I can remember to come back tomorrow to find out what happens!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

You TEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm loving that picture, btw.

Now come on, Lady, give us the goods!

Monica said...

I held my son back a year, and I've never had regrets. Ever. It was the best thing we've done. He was an honor roll student, but he was smaller and not as mature as the other kids. He is now a Sophomore in high school and is doing great.

I know everything works out like God wants it to, so just keep praying. :)

blessedbeyondmeasure said...

Can't wait to hear the rest of the story! I'm so excited for you and proud of you for being selfless and trying to do what's right when most are just "keeping up with the Jones'" :)

Angie said...

Sasha- I've missed you!! I've been going thru some things and haven't been in the blogland very much. The first half of the story sounds great! Can't wait to read part two!! ;)

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