It's Friday - and I've decided to join in with Lisa-Jo's Five Minute Friday again. In her words:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back at Lisa-Jo's blog and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...
Today's Word: Encouragement
I told my daughter this morning that this past week has been one of the 10 hardest weeks of my entire life. Considering that I'm 48 years old and there are fifty-two weeks in a year... that's one of the 10 hardest weeks of my... um, never mind the math, but at least 2400, right? That's how hard it's been.
We've been dealing with the worst behavior problems of Robbie's entire life. Slowly we figured out what the trigger was, and even more slowly, the behavior problems have ebbed. It was terrible. I cried a lot.
Of course, as always seems to be the way of life, this week was already hard because we were anticipating Friday - the day of the annual IEP meeting. What's so hard about that? We do IEP meetings every year. But this year... this year was the first time we had to decide to put Robbie's educational path into a different level of assessment, one that won't lead to a diploma in high school if he can't transition back. And we decided. And hope died in my heart.
My friends tell me that we're good parents, that we have done well by Robbie, that we will continue to do well, that he is loved. They are an endless source of love and encouragement, and with their words, and love... and encouragement, a spark of hope continues to glow. We can't do it on your own. I don't think anyone can, or that we're meant to be alone. God is there for us, and He uses others in our lives to help us keep walking.
Without this encouragement, I think I'd be curled up in a corner weeping. Instead... I'm doing what I love once more... and writing for five minutes.