We arrived home at midnight, and in our caffeine-fueled state, Russ and I stayed up until 1:00 am unloading the van. This morning came a little too early for me, but I was eager to sit down and write some deep reflections on the things I learned while we were away. Before I began, I did my Bible study and began wading through emails and messages.
Nothing prepared me for the seemingly routine voicemail from the school district announcing that the start of the school year is likely to be delayed one to two weeks due to unfinished construction projects at various schools.
They’ve got to be kidding. I honestly wondered if it was a well done prank until I found a news article confirming it.
Here’s the deal. We planned Dimples’ discharge from her program based on a school start of Aug. 26th. We knew she needed a few days to settle in, but not too many days remaining in the summer. Her biggest challenges come when days are unstructured; in the past, even an unplanned Saturday was enough to trigger a downward spiral.
I don’t know whether to laugh at the absurdity or just cry.
I’m repeating familiar scriptures and reminding myself that nothing is outside of God’s power or knowledge. When we carefully made our plans, He knew this was going to happen. I’m perplexed by this, but striving for peace. Maybe this will be a good thing? Right? Or maybe it will be a huge challenge – I have no idea.
What I do know is that my emotional state impacts my childrens’ emotional states, and in the case of a very sensitive child like Dimples, I have to be ultra careful to stay calm. Our kids from “hard places” regulate themselves to us, so if we panic, they’re likely to panic right along with us, and they often struggle to stop the train once it’s left the station.
Thanks for listening and letting me talk this through; perhaps public processing isn’t a good idea, but hey, you all know me pretty well by now, so there you go.
With everything in me, I’m going to try to laugh at this change of plans – I ‘ll let you know if I’m successful.
Anything interesting happening in your family as you approach the start of the school year?
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