Well this afternoon something monumental is happening!
My oldest is graduating from the 8th grade in all regular college prep classes. Now before you go and say...lots of kids do this...This is a praise and we are blessed from the Lord because of this... and when you finish reading you'll see why.
(The above photo is from last week with Bry and his cousin Missy)
May 2009, William with his piano teacher
Well...My child will not be receiving any accolades or honors...and the majority of his classmates don't even know he exists.
I know...This might not seem like a blessing...
but just a few years ago...everyone knew him because he was that kid who had an aide follow him all day.
2008 with his piano teacher at her house for recital
His name will not be on the honor roll but he's holding down a solid B average.
I know...Most parents don't think B's are a blessing...not a typical blessing...
but just a few year's ago I would have practically PAID for any B grade to appear on his report card.
He's not in student counsel, yearbook and has never played soccer.
OK...again, this is not your typical blessing...
but with all that free time he can focus on being in the band and working on his homework.
William and his piano teacher 2005
10 years ago last month I sat in a cheery-looking air-conditioned UCLA neurology office with this same sweet child in my lap. I was crying and begging for answers to all the questions I had and they couldn't give me anything concrete. They hinted he might never talk. They hinted that his IQ was very low. They hinted he might never go to a "typical" school...there was a lot of hinting...but no answers.
Under my breath I prayed...
"All I'm hoping for is for him to call me "mom" and I'm hoping he can go to a regular kindergarten."
A typical kindergarten.
That's all I could see at the moment...
but God had bigger things planned. Proverbs 16:3 - Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.
Well it turns out all the doctors and psychologist aren't God and he did attend a regular kindergarten. Today we're celebrating our 8th grader for being what God has given us...
not a typical blessing.
He's a great child with creativity and intelligence that astounds us.
Thanks for teaching your dad and I how to hope for things that don't seem possible.
God's not done with you yet.
Oh, and for him calling me mom...After I've home schooled the younger ones...Every afternoon at 3:18 p.m. the front door bursts open and someone's screaming (in a progressively deepening base voice)...