Last year around this time, our oldest son asked to be homeschooled for "just next year" I agreed and we re-started out homeschool journey. Around Christmas our middle asked if he could come home for the rest of the year. It has been a good year, an awesome time for me to spend a little quality time with each of our sons. They are 16, and 14 and growing up way too fast, so it was nice to slow down just for a bit. Well, they both want to go back to Grace next year and will most likely stay until graduation.
But, we decided to bring our daughter, 13, home this coming year. She has some problems with anxiety and has been acting out in ways that are harmful to her and hurtful to her friends. We came to the conclusion that if we could take the year to work on her anxiety and build her confidence, then she can return before feeling get hurt deeper and resentment sets in with her friends. They all love her so much and I know that many of them pray for her. There is baggage that comes along with each child that is adopted. While not all cases are alike, we now know that each of our kids had dealt with it in their own way, our daughter has the most trouble dealing with it.
I am grateful for the adoption support community at Grace Chapel. It is also good that many of us also homeschool. It is the kind of support that I have been looking for
While praying for her and trying to decide the best route for us to take, I feel like we need to focus on her artistic skills. We know that there are some people in her birth family that were art teachers so it came as no surprise that she can draw better than me... ok, that doesn't take much.... But I want to focus on her love of reading and drawing, so I decided on the Charlotte Mason approach.
Please be in prayer that our girl can come to some peace in her life.. She has a good heart and wants to do what is right, but needs to learn to give her thoughts over to her Savior. I am excited about getting to spend some time learning with her and spending some time with her... maybe she will teach me to draw...LOL