Home for the Holidays, by Thomas Kincaid

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Hello, Lovely Friends!

I am a bit harried today, rushing around to accomplish fifty things at once. Since I don't have a lot of time to put into this post, I think that I will use this time and space to update you on our lives.

First of all, this is my husband's second week at his new job. Last week was pretty tough for him. The contrast between what he had been told he would be doing and what he ended up doing made us both worry that this job might not end up being as good of an opportunity as we first thought. However, much discussion followed and his circumstances are better this week. I pray that conditions continue to improve and that this situation is a benefit and a blessing to our family. I will let you know more as I know it. Thank you again for your prayers.

As for the children...This has been a very difficult school year for my son. His teacher is not a good match up with his needs. At one point, when I had my son's agreement, I tried to switch him out of his class, but the principal wouldn't agree to that without trying to work things out with his teacher first. Unfortunately, it's still a tough situation, but Robert will not move now. I have prayed about this situation quite a lot and my heartfelt impression is that I need to keep him in school ("Please, Mama, homeschool me!"), and that he will just have to tough out this school year. HOWEVER, I am putting down my foot with the principal about which teachers I want and which one I will not put up with next year. That, I feel adamant about. Robert is striving to do his best in a difficult situation and I am proud of him (although he does come home and play "Kill The Teacher" games with his friends in the afternoons).

Sarah is "dual-enrolled" for 7th Grade this year. She studies everything at home, except Math, which she takes up at the Middle School. She is doing well in everything. When her school work is completed, she fills her time with reading (currently loves the Twilight series), writing a novel and singing and playing guitar. I am also very proud of her.

As for me, I am running to keep up...You, too? I have lots of plans for this Blog, which is my hobby, but haven't had the time to implement any of it yet. I am currently learning to knit, craft and do home decorating projects. I will share those as I go.

I don't know about you, but I watched the Inauguration, yesterday, and was quite moved by President Obama's speech. My prayer is that the Lord will guide him as he guides the future of this nation. We desperately need someone who will require us to make better decisions than we've made in the past, especially where finances are concerned, who will inspire us to do service and encourage us to work hard to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren.

God bless us all!


beth at aunties said...

Oh Elizabeth,

I pray things work out well with your husband's job...
I just left a message on another blog about our oldest son.
“Our son o was in resource in elementary school and practically failed in high school. He passed and graduated because I did his homework! I knew he could do better. A teacher in the third grade made him FEEL stupid and so he thought he was. He didn’t even attempt to prove them different. Our others were in the gifted program and excelled in AP classes. They were difficult years for him and on ourselves.
Everything came together after he served a mission for our church to Japan for two years. He had to turn the learning of the language over to the Lord and dedicate himself to serving Him Because he struggled so hard and then placed it in the Lord’s hands, he was so blessed and came home fluent in all five levels of Japanese and could read and write the language as well. He found he had a photographic memory. He became a top student in college. Actually earning two bachelor degrees, obtaining his pilots license and now he is in his second year of dental school!!!”
All those years wasted because of a teacher who made him feel stupid!!! I am so sorry Robert is facing a difficult year. I pray it can be turned around fast.

Sometimes I feel these kids just need to be told how wonderful and smart they are. It has to come from someone besides parents.

Good Luck and God Bless!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I hope everything goes well for your family: your husband's job and your son's schooling. Your daughter is such a dynamo.

I loved the inauguration speech and the first moves Obama has taken today. But he will need all our prayers