It's been a particularly challenging several months for our family.
Nothing huge or life shattering. Just enough to be a nuisance and yet mild enough to keep us from change.
There are things we want to do in the *whirl and twirl* of our days that don't fit into a standard mold.
Dreams. Visions. Promptings. Passions. Callings.
We recently reached a point where we decided that enough is enough. We've been troubled by some challenges we've had with our son and it's time we do something about it beyond question and wonder.
(Tell me, what eight-year-old boy doesn't appear to have an attention issue?)
So this is it.
Diagnosis time. Margin readiness.
We're popping the bubble and relieving some of the pressure.
The typical public school structure and rhythm creates stress that we have realized we can avoid.
We've unwrapped what just might be one of the best gifts of our lives -- Freedom.
Folks will disagree with us (even my parents).
Neighbors may think we're strange (perhaps they already do).
Other folks tell us, "Who cares what other people think?!"
And others will wish they are doing it, too.
We've gotten assurance in the most unlikeliest places, from sweet souls who remind us that we are the only ones who know our challenges.
We are learning that we are the only ones who can advocate for us. This is our duty. Our responsibility.
I pondered and questioned, and deliberated and decided . . . and questioned and doubted all over again, until I finally realized that there isn't a right answer here.
(And that means there isn't a wrong one, either.)
So we've decided to homeschool.
Tomorrow is The Boy's last day in public school for the year, with one quarter still remaining.
It feels a little bit like quitting, but it isn't.
We're clinging to this truth and reaching for grace.
We're still responsible parents and our son will still be learning.
But, we're pressing pause on the busy and hectic and crazed. Because, it's just been so very chaotic.
And, it's time -- Right. Now. -- to say enough is enough and get some control back. Get our togetherness back.
We're beyond the considering and we're Doing. This.
With one quarter remaining of the year we have a smaller bite to try.
Flavors of *different* to taste.
Sweet and steady to savor, over busy that leaves us bitter.
We don't need a professional to give us a diagnosis. We know that we're stressed. The typical and common is chaotic and we don't have to live it.
The biggest ah-ha and freedom reaching realization ever is this:
We. Don't. Have. To. Do. This.
We can get off the ride. We really can.
And so we are, thankyouverymuch.
Most of all, we're doing it together -- this choosing, my groom and me. We're aligned and that's a beautiful thing.
Sure it's a bit scary, and daunting, and parts of us feel sad for our boy's mixed up emotions. But the point is we're choosing courage to try Some. Thing., and we're doing this.
So, to the principal who affirmed us and just never made us feel badly . . .
We appreciate you for caring more about what's right for one child and his family.
For setting aside your opinion and helping us to find our own.
For empowering us as parents . . .
to consider and choose to make a change for our own child . . .
a change that will help us get to know him more fully,
and ultimately (we hope) show him how much we accept him, just as he was created.
You've helped us to receive grace for differences and embrace how God made us all so unique.
Thank you, Mr. Principal.
*This* is worship.
Our choosing. Your encouragement.
And all of our lives lived outward -- Authentically. Courageously. Boldly.
And to all the rest of you, I pray you choose courage to make your own diagnosis' in life and take your own step toward a good treatment for you, and your family. Brave on.
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