"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, August 8, 2008

From 2 to 16

My class size has just increased. Instead of using my Early Childhood Certification to "teach" my own two everyday, I will now be teaching 16 or so five and six year olds as the new kindergarten teacher at the same school where I used to work (also where I did my student teaching and where I attended 2nd through 5th grade). I was just hired today and school starts next Wednesday! Yikes!! I'll meet the kids and parents Monday night when they come for Orientation and I'll be in meetings on Monday and Tuesday morning so it'll be interesting to see how fast I can move to get everything in place by Wednesday morning when the kids arrive at 7:45.

Connie's doing well. His back up glasses arrived and they need to be made smaller. Not sure what we'll do. I think I'll just get some crazy glue for his first set to get that pesky earpiece to stay on.

Mookie starts preschool two mornings a week beginning on Aug. 19th so our little family is about to go through some pretty big changes. Please pray that we are more tender and patient with one another during this time of transition and that we will feel the Lord giving us strength and easing our anxieties.

p.s. If you are free Mon or Tues early afternoon, I'd love the help in my classroom. Call me!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Big Deal to Us!

I just wanted to put a quick post up about how last night was the first time EVER that Connie did not cry, squirm, scream, fuss, writhe or throw a fit about getting his teeth brushed before bed. He opened up and let me brush as long as I wanted. No gagging. No fighting. Sometimes it's the little things that can mean the most. With all we've been through these last 9 months it's starting to finally feel like he's on the verge of being a 'regular' kid.

His OT will be so excited to hear this news, along with the news of the progress he made eating over the weekend and yesterday. He's been eating more table food and less purees. Over the last few days, some of the foods he's eaten that haven't been mashed or blended include: pork tenderloin, cheese, scrambled eggs, green pepper, strawberries, cheez-its, a chunky ice cream treat, dry cereal, pop tarts, peas, bologna and a few other things I can't remember right now. After he's done eating, he usually sticks around close to the table to cruise around it while we are finishing up. He makes a lap around and then stops to ask Greg or I for a bite (and he actually is making a "B" sound sometimes) and then finishes that lap around the table and when he gets to us again asks for another bite. It's pretty cute.

His glasses need to get repaired again, but I'm not taking them back in until his back-up pair arrive. This time, the little loop that goes behind his ear keeps coming off. I took them in and they said they don't want to glue it and they'd send them back in, but I'm waiting. I don't want him without them for another whole week!