Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Behind the Scenes - Back to School

My Faith Hunter as she prepared for Kindergarten
Tomorrow is back to school. And for the first time, in a really long time, I am dreading it. Even as I sit to write this post, the final decision about where my daughter will wind up spending the next year, maybe two, of her educational experience is up for debate. As a parent that is one of the hardest things in the world to wait on. As a parent with control issues, it’s excruciating.

When I look at the montage I have pinned here and think back to five years ago to the first day of Kindergarten, we were so excited. My husband and I both loved school, and I had continued to celebrate the fall milestone each year, even before she was born, with the trek down the paper and pen aisles for more notebooks and a new rainbow of writing instruments – maybe some new paperclips (oh, and why not some new stickers, book bands, colored tape) – all those adorable accoutrements that a student just can’t live without.

Launching her into her academic career was an exciting venture. We carefully considered the options available to us and did our best to coordinate getting her into the right classroom with a friend. I had way too much fun at Land’s End (finally – after years of waiting), and then it was time. Time to hand over our one precious gift to the school system and trust that they would continue what we had begun.

I wish I could say that there’s been an overwhelming sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

There hasn’t.

The first year was great. Her teacher was the ideal blend of toughness and heart. She had a reputation for being strict, but you never doubted for one second that she loved each and every one of those kids and had their best interests at heart. Unfortunately, the school ran into troubles with their administrator that bled into conflicts for the teachers. Her teachers struggled with their own difficulties and one; then the other left the school. I wrestled with my anger as one difficult situation sparked another, and after trying to be patient and toughing it out for three years, we decided to make a change and move to our neighborhood school with the traditional style of more structured education.

Except we can’t.

Now we’re facing more administrative red tape and rules that say we have to put her back into a school where the style of teaching has failed her, where she has not felt emotionally safe, and where night after night, she cries herself to sleep and doesn’t want to go back.

This is one of those hard times when the reality of your faith becomes the rubber on the road.
This is not genocide.
My sweet girl - this summer. All grown up.
This is not poverty.
This is not death.
I know this. There are far worse things.
But this is my child. (this is my heart)
This is her education.
This is her future.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

This is one of the first verses I learned with my father, and I am praying this hard as we work through the next fort-eight hours to resolve this situation. Whatever the outcome, I know that God has His hand on this situation. It may be that He will resolve it and allow her to go to the school that we have chosen for her. It may be that He will ask us to stay where we are and rely on Him even more on a daily basis to get through a tough situation. I need to remember that so much more than this defines her. I need to recall the happiness she's had this summer, and hold onto the promise of what's to come.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Either way, I expect and know that God’s hand will be seen and His purpose will be made known and He will be glorified for what He has done.

Will you pray through this with me?

crystalstine.meI'm linking up with Crystal Stine and company again today; joining the Behind the Scenes link up. A place to make a connection beyond the Pinterest perfect ideals; to look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it; to say hi, this is me in all my messy real-ness. Sounds like a good time to me.

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  1. Hi Rebekah...I am praying for Faith to end up where she needs to be...where God needs her. We may not know the reasons why she ends up where she does for many years down the road...if ever. I know it's tough...we've had similar agonies (though not as bad as yours, I think.) I also pray for you and Shawn to have the faith to let God be in control...which is not always an easy thing to do. God bless your family.


    1. Thank you Jay. I appreciate the prayers as we put this in His hands. Miss you guys!

  2. Oh Rebekah, my heart is aching with you. We, too have and still are facing the questions of where and how to educate my daughter. I hope I can encourage you in the fact that I have seen such beauty in my girls life come for the ashes of our struggles. In fact I wrote about it today. Faith, you and your husband will be in my paryers as you walk this curvy rocky path.

    1. It is so encouraging. I'm so grateful for the stories of those who have walked a similar path before. It makes it that much easier!

  3. I just said a prayer for you, your husband, and daughter as you make these important decisions. The Lord will give you wisdom when you seek Him. And you are clearly seeking Him! I'm praying your day is filled with peace as you continue to seek His grace.
    I've been through difficult school situations with my son. It doesn't get any easier, but God is always faithful!

    1. Thank you Jennifer. Man, it doesn't get any eaasier, does it? So grateful to God for His grace and the friends who walk alongside.

  4. Oh sweet friend - you know I am praying... believing that God will graciously place her right where He wants her - and give you peace and insight and assurance that He is with her, wherever she goes! Praying for open doors and favor to lead the way... for new friendships and joy to unfold for your girlie!

    Love you so!

    1. That's a beautiful prayer, my friendly friend. And one I will keep close to my heart. So grateful for your love and support and encouragement!

  5. Praying for you guys, Rebekah! Praying for peace and comfort and continued faith in the one who has gone before you. He is in your future, and in the future of your little girl. Nothing is more powerful than Him, and He can overcome all obstacles - even a bad school. I know the pain of having a kid who hates being where he is. It is tough. Praying for you to stay firmly in God's loving hands, even if we don't understand why things happen, let us always trust in Him! Love to you!!!

    1. I appreciate your love, support, and prayers, so very much. Making these decisions about school for your kids is such a tough call. So glad I can put this in His hands and trust.

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    1. I appreciate this more than I can ever say! So glad you are just right there on the other side of the wall.


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