A Long Awaited Answer

by SomeGirl on June 18, 2015 · 1 comment

Oh, what a rotten place to have left my blog over a year (and almost a half) ago… Sorry about that!

It seems like forever ago now that I struggled with the question of what to do for my boys’ education (particularly for my oldest, who had just been diagnosed with dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and severe anxiety).

Long story short (but not as short as experts say a story on a blog post “ought” to be)…

From just before I last blogged until about mid-March of last year, I tossed and turned, prayed and sought God, talked, cried, dreamed, and contemplated every educational option under the sun.  Somewhere in that time my husband and I developed a strong urge to travel around the eastern half of the US and make it a year-long Civil War Roadschool journey – It sounded so dreamy and great! But… I just didn’t have peace about any of it. So, I blogged here and prayed A LOT. Many nights I would wake up around 2 or 3 in the morning and seek God on the whole issue. Then one night I woke up and prayed, asking God to please give me direction on what to do…

(Have you ever had one of those times when you ask God a question and almost immediately a thought pops into your head with the answer? One of my friends calls this “God whispering His thoughts to yours. That’s what happened…)

Immediately the whispered thought came, “Send the boys to the Key School.” Now, the Key School was one of the options we had checked out. And it was definitely NOT one of the options I liked. It was rigid and stiff. A school for children with dyslexia and other learning differences, which focused solely on academics and had no time or space for anything remotely “fun.” I knew that thought had not come from me… I mean, the Key School? No, thank you. But, the whispered thought was so strong that I couldn’t ignore it.

Soon after, in April last year, we signed our boys up for a 3 day trial at the “dreaded” school. I prepared them for how tough the days were going to be, coming from a Montessori-like project-based private school I figured the long day of pencil/paper, desk work was going to really drain them… to my surprise they LOVED it! By the second day my oldest was asking if he could finish out the rest of the year there… WHAT??!

I couldn’t believe my eyes or ears. He was beaming with joy at the end of each day and gladly gave up even saying goodbye to his former classmates and teachers to move over to this school. Because of the cost (which is more than I could ever imagine, but not too much for God to have provided), we only let our oldest switch schools at that time. It was tricky for our family as this new school was a good 45 minutes away, and a good hour between our youngest’s and oldest’s campuses. This made for quite a trying time as my husband and I worked together to shuttle boys around each morning and afternoon. Then, one evening I was woken in middle of the night again with a still, small voice whispering in my head, “Send BOTH boys to the Key School.” “Oh, God, if you want both boys to go to the Key School, you’re going to have to speak to Steve to let him know. Make it abundantly clear to him [as it is SO expensive].”  I prayed a bit more and went to sleep. First thing in the morning, as I was in brushing my teeth, my husband came in and to my surprise said, “I think we need to send BOTH boys to the Key School.” [Once again…] WHAT??!

For the last month of the school year BOTH of our boys went to the same new school. Our oldest blossomed and our youngest started to wilt and I learned a wonderful lesson… as an educator I have known and taught how important learning styles are, but I guess I’ve never fully grasped the weight of the importance. My oldest certainly needed more structure and repetition in his learning and was drowning in anxiety at the free-spirited school we had him enrolled in. And my youngest – who I thought was so flexible that he could learn anywhere – my youngest one’s little free-spirited, creative heart was drying up and hardening.  Thankfully, it was a short lesson learned for him. Too bad it took me so long to learn that lesson for my older one.

So, we did it. We obeyed God and sent BOTH boys to the Key School, which coincidently (if you believe in coincidences)  used one of my husband’s stock photos to advertise in our local Child magazine… every few months over the course of the past several years we would get a copy of the new Child magazine and would see Steve’s photo advertising this little private school for learning differences called the Key School. And can you guess which model was used in Steve’s photo? Yep, you guessed it: our oldest son. Each time we looked in the publication we saw our son’s face looking at us smiling from under the banner of the Key School, just waiting for us to finally get the message that he needed to go there. ;) (Doesn’t that remind you of the scene in that Jim Carrey movie where he asks for a sign and the truck pulls in front of him saying “Turn left” or something to that effect…?).

Now, if I haven’t bored you to death, tune in soon when I tell you about how we decided to sell our home and move into a townhome in order to travel the nation… and how God taught us a little bit about His plan not always being the same as ours. :)

 

Oh, let me add that, after a year of having my oldest son at the Key School, I LOVE it!!!! And can’t recommend it any more highly for students with learning differences! God has used it to make a WORLD of difference in the life of our smart, formerly-frustrated, learner. Thanks be to God and Mrs. Key!

 

Another note: Because the tuition is SO incredibly high (and because God seems to be calling us to go somewhere with another learning difference school in the area) we are not enrolling our son in the same school this next year, therefore I feel comfortable openly sharing the name of the school he’s been attending.  :)

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Oh my soul, do you not know?

by SomeGirl on February 25, 2014 · 5 comments

 

Oh my soul, do you not know that today is a gift from the Lord and tomorrow, let alone next year, is not promised?

Why do you worry yourself with questions about the future when you know The One who has ordained your days and written each one of  them before any has come to be.

You can trust in Him.

He holds your future and will guide your footsteps.

He will fight for you, you need only to be still.

Be still, oh my soul, and know

that He is God.

 

(Written after countless hours of thinking, worrying, researching, praying, and seeking the Lord’s guidance in education choices for my boys, one of whom was recently diagnosed with Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia. Thank you for any prayers you might pray on our behalf. I sure do appreciate them! How can I pray for you? Let me know in the comment section below.)

 

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YOU were created for a purpose

by SomeGirl on February 12, 2014 · 7 comments

 So, I was going to write a post about how God whispered His thoughts to mine yesterday morning, reminding me to ease up and be patient with myself. And then I found this post in my drafts folder… Guess my past self needed to preach to my present self today. Hopefully you will benefit from these words, too. ♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

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created for a purpose tshirt

 

You know that person that you wish you were more like… she probably wishes she was more like someone else, too.

And did you know that there’s most likely someone right now wishing they were more like you?

It’s true. And it’s a never ending cycle.

None of us are perfect.

We all have things we wish we could do better, and we’re all insecure (even the ones that don’t seem like they are… many times they are the most).

Instead of trying to be like someone else, learn to be content with who you are.

God made you to be YOU… in all of your uniqueness!

It’s easy to focus on what you don’t do well, or what someone else does better, but stop that.

You were created for a purpose and your purpose is carefully tied to the way God made you.

If you keep comparing yourself to others and trying to be like them, you’ll miss out on cultivating the “you” that was “designed” to do great things… GREAT things!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –  Ephesians 2:10

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

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Mom cannot live on grocery shopping alone…

by SomeGirl on February 7, 2014 · 8 comments

Hey there, sweet friends! It’s your long-lost blogger, Michelle (aka SomeGirl).

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year-and-a-half since I wrote my last real-post, “You Can’t Get The Time Back.

Now, that my boys have both gone to school full-time and I find myself twiddling my thumbs (or finding creative ways to avoid dishes and laundry – wink), I’ve come to the realization that I could use a personal outlet and a place to form some sort of accountability.

What better place, I asked myself, then here at SomeGirl’s Website? I know I haven’t been around in a while, but I swear it was for good reasons…

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one of our “fraddling” opportunities at a Living Water International drill site in El Salvador

One of these days I’ll take the time to share everything that’s gone on since we last met.

For now, my plan is to set aside some personal time each week  that doesn’t involve grocery shopping, meal planning, or researching” how to best parent a tween-age boy” (if anyone has good suggestions on the last item, I’m all ears!), and to spend a good hour each day or week writing here at the blog. Hopefully those hours will end with a decent post to share with you guys. :)

I hope you’ll join me as we delve into whatever the spirit leads in those hours to come. I’m looking forward to getting back into the blogging saddle!

With much love,

♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

 

By the way, I’m looking to set up/and be consistent with a chore system for my boys. If anyone would like to come alongside me as an accountability partner, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below! I’m a little ADHD and being consistent in this area has been HARD for me. Prayerfully I’ll find something that will work and be enjoyable (as enjoyable as chores can be, that is).

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Photography Classes Coming Soon!

by SomeGirl on August 17, 2013 · 6 comments

 

Wow, time flies! It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since I last posted… but what a sweet year it’s been.

My little one (who’s not so little anymore) and I had some great “just us” days while my oldest was off at school.

My oldest progressed greatly with his reading and was deemed no longer needing vision support with prism glasses.

I learned lots of new recipes as we found out our food allergies/sensitivities through an iGG blood test. Unfortunately we found egg both boys are highly sensitive to eggs (yolk and whites) so we sold our sweet chickens. :(

Btw, once we took all of our sensitive foods out of our diets aches and pains we didn’t even realize we had disappeared! I had no idea my little one was having headaches most days and my oldest one’s eyes were burning near continually. Thanks be to God for this new found information!

And to top everything off we went on a wonderful journey around the midwest this summer… 6 weeks exploring Estes Park, The Black Hills in South Dakota, Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Moab (which was HOT, HOT, HOT), and Gunnison, Colorado. One of these days I’ll get on here and share vacation photos, but if you’re interested to see some now check out my instagram account and scroll down just a bit. :)

Now… both of my boys have started back to school and left me at home wondering what to do with all of my free time (other than dishes, laundry, errands, and cooking). I contemplated coming back to blogging on a regular basis (and I still might do that). But, God has laid upon my heart to use my giftedness (teaching) and my interest (photography) to serve the Thirsty and further His kindgom.

So, I’ve decided to offer private or small group lessons on “How to move out of Auto on your DSLR” in and around the DFW area in an effort to raise money for Living Water International (you know how much I love their work of providing clean water and sharing the Gospel all over the globe, right?).

If you know anyone who might be interested, send them this post!

I also wouldn’t be opposed to video chat lessons, if you’re interested in that or know someone else who might be. :)

Thanks for helping spread the word!

I haven’t determined a price yet (suggestions are welcome), but I do know that all proceeds from my lessons will go directly to Living Water International.

I’m super excited about spending an hour or two doing what I love in order for others to hear the Good News and have life-giving water for generations!

 

Here are a couple of referrals I’ve received from former students (more to come soon…):

 

“Michelle makes complicated photography jargon simple and easy to understand.  She gives clear, useful directions and encourages you to practice what you’re learning while she teaches you in a conversational, hands-on style.  Friendly, helpful, and eager to teach, I highly recommend Michelle Debenport as a fantastic photography teacher for both beginners and more advanced photographers alike.” – Michelle from Intentional.Me

 

“Michelle patiently explained the exposure triangle in a way I could understand while giving me some rules of thumb to remember for different settings. Her quick, easily absorbed tutorials changed my photography game, as evidenced by immediate results!” – Michelle from So, I Married a Mennonite

 

Yeah, Michelle is a pretty popular name. ;)

 

“When my camera was so new, and my skills so poor, it was Michelle who first took me under her wing. She made complicated concepts easily understandable, empowering me to capture pictures with light and beauty in a way I hadn’t been able to before.” – Jacque from Mercy Found Me

 

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Turning my passion for teaching AND others’ desire for learning how to use their DSLR camera INTO clean water and The Gospel message being shared around the world!

Let me know if you’re interested in a “How to move out of Auto” DSLR class. All proceeds will go directly to Living Water International - providing clean water in the name of Jesus. || Private lessons offered in and around the DFW area.

 

 

 

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You Can’t Get the Time Back

by SomeGirl on September 10, 2012 · 8 comments

You can’t get the time back.

That is a thought that has run through my mind many times as a parent of young children…

You can’t get the time back.

When my oldest son was 5 and we had recently moved to a new city with a new baby, I kept him out of preschool and spent lots of long hours out in the yard exploring and rocking on the porch all because of those six little words…

You can’t get the time back.

Now that my youngest is 5, that last year of being a toddler (wearing 5T), and moving into elementary age on the edge of losing his first tooth, I find myself thinking the same thought…

You can’t get the time back.

And so, I find myself in the yard, on the floor, at the table, in the kitchen, at Target, on field trips, everywhere but on the computer lately, trying (but not always succeeding) at making the most of our moments together because…

You can’t get the time back.

I hope this explains a little of where I’ve been lately and why I don’t have plans to come back and blog for awhile. My little one won’t be little for long and I’ll have lots of time to share and receive thoughts here in the future. But for now I’m going to be focused on fraddling with my little guy and praying that God will use our time together to build great character in his life. I’m setting my heart and mind to be very intentional with the time we have because, as you know…

You can’t get the time back.

 

Lots of love to you all!

 

♥ Michelle (aka SomeGirl)

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