Congratulations…

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Brock and I both are celebrating graduations this week. No we aren't graduating, but Ash and Olivia are finishing high school. And we all know that a child's graduation doesn't happen without a lot of effort from the parents, too. Ash nor Olivia have required the parental assistance (persistence, nagging, nudging, coaching, yelling, crying, encouraging...) that some of our other kids have needed, but there is still a keen sense of shared accomplishment. Congratulations, Ash! Congratulations, Olivia! May God's blessings follow you wherever His path for you leads. And congratulations, … [Read more...]

Counting to 504

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Our second son was in fourth grade when his teacher approached me about having him tested for ADHD and a learning disability. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Despite a background in psychology, I associated ADHD with a hyperactive child. This child had only had his name on the board once in his life, so there was no way he had ADHD. He made decent grades and he was very bright and articulate. His teacher was right, however. He did have trouble focusing, and sometimes seemed spaced out. He was disorganized, and had a tendency to forget his homework. As the year progressed, he couldn’t … [Read more...]

The Spider. A Story About Empathy

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As a general rule, I don't pick up things I can't identify. Therefore, I must have been rather distracted when I reached into my washer to retrieve the debris left from the laundry. I should have known better. After all, I've found everything from razor blades to snake skins to little pieces of ca ca after the clothes have been removed from the machine. Nonetheless, on that fateful day I plunged my fingers in, and pulled out the sodden object. I immediately realized that the rather large item had legs, and lots of them. Some of the legs had come loose and clung to the side of the tub. It … [Read more...]

When “I Think I Can” Still Can’t

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Our second son lags twenty months, two school years and ten inches behind his older brother. I'm alternately pleased and dismayed that puberty seems to have forsaken this child. Other than the fact that he's not exactly tall, he seems to be coping nicely with his smooth face, evenly modulated voice, and cool temper. Perhaps by the time the inevitable occurs, his advanced age will have more influence than the barrage of changing hormones. Pubescent or not, son #2 is going to high school next year. The thought brings me no comfort. Early in his school career we noticed that the tendency to … [Read more...]

When “I Think I Can” Still Can’t

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Our second son lags twenty months, two school years and ten inches behind his older brother. I'm alternately pleased and dismayed that puberty seems to have forsaken this child. Other than the fact that he's not exactly tall, he seems to be coping nicely with his smooth face, evenly modulated voice, and cool temper. Perhaps by the time the inevitable occurs, his advanced age will have more influence than the barrage of changing hormones. Pubescent or not, son #2 is going to high school next year. The thought brings me no comfort. Early in his school career we noticed that the tendency to … [Read more...]

First Day of Class

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The line of cars was long as I waited to pick up my son from his very first day of class. I craned my neck to see him, wondering about his first day. Did he make any friends? Did he have enough to eat? Was he nervous - afraid? And then they let the kids out, and as I saw my son, my firstborn, my eyes filled with tears. It seemed just yesterday that he was born, and now I was sending him out into the world. For an irrational instant, it seemed I was sending him to his doom. The new experiences and challenges he was facing seemed more like new danger and conflict. I thought about the cruel … [Read more...]