Today my oldest son graduated from kindergarten. Whew! We made it.
I homeschooled him — and even though I’m not a huge homeschooling advocate (no offense to those who are) — I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
This school year started on one continent and ended on another.
It happened in three houses, six states, on the road and a lot of other cool places: aquarium, dairy farm, beach, animal rescue facility, to name a few.
We fell in love with sea turtles and penguins and maps and somewhere in the middle of it all, he started learning to read and write.
I really can’t take credit — God just put it inside of him and he blossomed.
And now, so much more than before, I feel he is ready to head off to public school next year.
(That is something I didn’t know if I would ever be able to say with any confidence)
Now it’s time to take a minute and cry.
No seriously, isn’t God good?
I’m grateful for this year. For the stability homeschool gave us when our whole world changed so radically when we moved.
Actually, I should say for the stability it gave me. I think the kids were fine.
I’m grateful to God for all the miracles He has done in my son’s life.
There was a long hard time where I didn’t even know if he would speak, and then I didn’t know if he would ever speak normally.
Now we are at the point where it would be nice if he would be quiet sometimes! And I am SO GRATEFUL for that!
And compared to the kid who would barely make eye contact with people he didn’t know, and who had a really difficult time with change (wonder who he got that from?) —
Here are two comments we’ve gotten about him in the past month:
“He’s a politician!” (From a town mayor who was impressed at his confident greeting and handshake)
“He is extremely adaptable, that’s for sure.” (From a children’s minister at a church we visited one time)
Do I say this to brag about my son? Not at all.
I just want to draw attention to how with God, all things are possible.
All things. Are possible. With God.
God has been good to us, and I just wanted to make a minute and thank Him.
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”