Monday, September 23, 2019

An Update

I realize that I haven't done a very good job of updating this little space, especially considering all of the changes for our little family.  I owe everyone a MAJOR update on the house among lots of other things, but let's start with the biggest change to our family...the new school for the kids.

In case you missed my last post, this year  we made the decision to move both kids to the school that shares a parking lot with my work building. It was something that we discussed and prayed about for months leading up to the beginning of the year. We talked at length about the pros and cons of transitioning them to the new school and ultimately decided that it is the best choice for our family.

The thing is, no matter how sure you are about something, there's always a level of uncertainty that comes with a major change.  But ya'll, the kids have blown me away.  They have been so brave!

I wasn't much worried about Ellie because she is so young and just hasn't built the kind of relationships with her peers that Eli has. Other than a few little girls from daycare (who we know the families well), she didn't have very many tight friendships.

Eli on the other hand, has been deeply rooted in our community since he was born.  From daycare and church to baseball, basketball, and school, he has found a lot of security in our little "Mayberry." I worried so much about his transition but knew that no matter how difficult the immediate change might be, in the long run, it was ultimately in his best interest.

 Ellie has landed herself an amazing group of friends who have already welcomed her to birthday parties and included her in other activities. She's shown tremendous academic growth and has an amazing teacher.

Eli has mastered "changing classes" and has come to appreciate all of his buddies who spend recess playing basketball, baseball, football and talking sports. His behavior has been excellent, even rewarded, and he joined choir because they get to go on field trips.

Because our community is so small, I want to be clear that the school we left was a high performing, community school with amazing student opportunities, and we are so proud of our time there. The decision to move the kids had many, many factors and was a deeply personal choice.  Again, we are so grateful for our time at our former school and all of the friendships we made along the way, and we can't wait to see what new adventures lie ahead.

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