Okay this is the day I have been waiting for - for about six years - okay I am exaggerating - but lets say for a long time.
My grandson got accepted at a school about two miles from our home. We never even considered it because my daughter had heard from two different friends - that the school was tough academically and didn't want to deal with kids with problems - I call them little quirks.
My daughter and I both had laid upon our hearts - from God that GS would do better in a smaller Christian school for middle school. We started in January looking at the bigger Christian schools. One was forty minutes away, another was thirty minutes away, and and the last twenty minutes away (think what the cost of gas would be). "We' and it felt like we - we got rejected one after a another - three times. Always for some good reason. My daughter spent hours upon hours filling out forms. GS school had to send transcripts. Then the money it cost. And let me tell you - I think two new right away it wouldn't work - so why did they take the money. The third school did give the $250 back.
As the last resort - we called this school right by our house - what could it hurt we thought? It's the perfect size - 350 students. The principal was wonderful. GS shadowed there and loved it - the food too - a miracle in itself. He liked the teachers and the kids. It is accredited by GA Standards of Excellence (lol) - has sports teams - chorus - band - everything. And the price was right! We couldn't believe it. Everything we wanted at our back door. Pretty school too.
We went for our final interview on Monday - the hubs, daughter,grandson, and me! The Principal wanted to check the family! Guess what - we/he got accepted!!!!!!!!
Why didn't we go to that school first?
Now what did I learn?
1. Don't give up when the going gets hard. It isn't over until all the options have been used. We had doubts. We got sad. We got mad. But we kept trying. God was closing the doors one slam right after another. We even went to the Public school and took a tour. Our hearts broke - it was HUGE - and 35 kids to a class. And secular. The counselor said yes the class would be that big - they did not have any money to have teachers waiting on the side. Yes there was bullying, you know we try but it is a public school. And yes there were drugs, gangs, etc - but we try ...
And please if your child went to a public school I mean no disrespect. It would just not be a good environment for GS. We feel - he would not function well as 1 of 35. Then we worried if he didn't do well - then he might get mixed up with the wrong crowd - so we were protecting him.
We did have a prep school as a last resort that had accepted him - at 10K a year. $$$$$
THANK YOU GOD!
2. Now why didn't we check the closest school to our home - closer even then where he goes now? Maybe it was a God thing. Maybe if we went to the school so close to home we wouldn't have liked it as much and wouldn't have appreciated it so much as we do now. LOL
3. Some Christian schools are much more then a Christian school. They want the highest academic students they can get for ratings. It was far more about the grades, their standings, then the Christian part.
How can you be a Christian school and not want Christian kids who are average?
4. GS's new school. It seems like this school will take the average student - they are willing to work with the quirks/spelling - because they are Christian first and academics second - while academics are important - and the principal looked at all his grades (for goodness sake he's an A - B student and his test scores which are all high except for spelling) and he thought the GS was WORTHY! I had always assumed that spelling wouldn't be that important with computers in middle school anyway - I mean right?
5. And i got to the point where I had to let go and let God handle things. If the GS was going to end up at public school - then it was for a reason - because we sure tried and prayed as much as possible. And so did you! And that would have been HIS answer to us for some reason we did not understand - and we would have to accept it. (And we would have in time.)
6. And last, but not least. I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS IN BLOG LAND EVER! You all prayed for us and asked about the status at all times.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. Now I can finally leave you alone! lol
I know you probably feel I was a little obsessed about this - and yes I was. Middle school is hard. Kids are mean. That's when the drugs and alcohol and sex comes out. I want the GS to stay innocent as long as he possible can. He's going to all about real learn life soon enough. His own father got into so much trouble when he was in school he dropped out and we didn't want that for GS. See he had an example of what not to do. We wanted him to get a Christian upbringing like I had done for my own kids. That to us was so important - just our beliefs. Now that is what we wanted - we thought GOd was saying no - we had to let go - let God handle things - come to acceptance what ever the outcome was going to be. And this time God did answer prayers - although you know sometimes he can say no and it still turns out rightQ
So for today I am doing the HAPPY DANCE!
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
With whatever God has given you....