Thank you all for your prayers and comments. I am deeply grateful for this loving community that surrounds my blog and my family. Today is a day for waiting – for calls to be returned, emails to be answered, and God to give us direction. In the meantime, Dimples is at day camp for one more day. We haven’t figured out the weekend yet…
This morning, while the kids were still sleeping, I filled out paperwork for Honeybee’s new school. The decision to change schools was not easy, but we are feeling increasingly happy about it. She spent the last two years at a small, Christian school where she grew academically, but even more, matured in her faith and character. She made great progress in overcoming lingering orphanage behavior, gaining self-control, learning respect for adults, and finding satisfaction in hard work.
Despite working very hard, having extra help from volunteers and tutors, she could not keep up with the demanding academics and was auditing most of her classes. There was some hope that she would simply “catch up,” but the lack of education in Ethiopia was more than she could overcome without more help. She came home at the age of ten having never learned to read Amharic and having limited academic skills. She is very intelligent and is making great progress, but she needs a learning environment that can provide more support and allow for her individual needs.
Next year she’ll attend an Expeditionary Learning charter school that we think is going to fit her very well. We are excited to see her experience school in a new way. There is a reading specialist available to help her as well as many other benefits. A classmate of hers from last year will also be in her class at the new school.
We were very concerned about how she would take the news of this change, but God answered our prayers and it was a beautiful conversation. As sad as she is about leaving her friends and the wonderful people at her previous school, she is relieved to be at a school where she will have more hope of making academic progress. When we talked about the new plan, she said, with tears in her eyes, “Mommy, I hated going to school and feeling stupid every day. I think this new school will be better for me.”
We could not have asked for a better response. We are excited for this new experience, for the way that God is once again expanding our world and bringing new people into our lives, and for Honeybee’s happiness.
Once again we’re learning more about how to educate each one of our children according to their needs – all to the glory of God.
Have a great weekend, friends.