Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Minute Friday: SUPPORT



Today I'm joining up with the Five Minute Friday community again, writing for five minutes on a given prompt. This week's word is SUPPORT.

We're two weeks into the school year, and I'm grateful for the support our kids are getting from their respective schools.

Jonathan is back to high school with the same Educational Assistant, Matt, and several of the same classmates. He gets on the bus eagerly each morning, looking forward to his various activities like volunteering at the food bank and swimming at the Y. We can relax knowing he is safe, active, and engaged.

After taking a year off, Allison has started university as a part-time online student, enrolled in two courses: English and Psychology. She has met with the office on campus that assists special needs students to discuss any accommodations she might need. Although she is only taking two courses, the university still granted her the entrance scholarship she'd been offered; she gets one installment this fall and will receive the second next fall depending on her marks and the number of credits she has accumulated. This money more than covers her tuition. We were very pleasantly surprised at how flexible the university has been in responding to her unique situation.

We can't do this special needs parenting thing alone; we need support. We're thankful for the help we've received so far.

10 comments:

  1. Great post, Jeannie! It's encouraging you've found so much support already with your children's schools! May the support keep coming!! Sarah- 5-Min. Friday Link Up #48

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. Great to have you here. Have a good weekend!

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  2. I'm so glad you have the support you need. Special needs parenting isn't easy. I'm in the 6 spot this week.

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  3. Jeannie, I used to teach at the college level, and I am SO glad that you found schools that have hearts!!!!!

    Advocating for special needs students in a hostile environment is tough, and I've been there. Didn't make any friends, career got trashed, but the kids made it through, and I'd do it again.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2017/09/your-dying-spouse-362-letter-to-death.html

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    1. Thank you for the comment, Andrew. I'm sure you were a very inspiring teacher who made a difference.

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  4. Thank you, Jeannie, for honestly sharing your journey! Many are blessed by your heart for your children and Jesus!

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    1. Thanks so much for that comment, Lisa -- it really means a lot. And thank you for sharing my post. That's really kind of you!

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  5. Your story is encouraging. Having a school that is understanding like that is awesome. We need more of that in the world.

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    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl. I appreciate your being here today.

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