I feel like “Hank the Cow Dog” (John R. Erickson) with a new crazy episode of life on the ranch. If you don’t know about this series, you have missed out on a great treat, especially the recordings of the author reading his books. So I will start with, “It’s me again, Jan the Mom.”
I haven’t written because of some computer problems and because of the happenings on our “ranch.” They are not laughable like they are for Hank, but now I can sit back and say, “Wow!”
There have been entries about dogs on this site, so I will start there. I have never been a great dog lover until Kylie, our Boston-Yorkie mix that came to us almost two years ago. Now I have a new understanding of this crazy bond. So when we lost her last month, I couldn’t believe the grief. Wow, we are still not over it. I have more compassion now for those who lose beloved pets.
Next, my almost ninety-year-old dad fell flat on his face where he lives in the duplex at the retirement village fifty miles from where we live. He ended up with a perforated and inverted bowel that went into his hernia and had to have surgery and rehab. How can an almost ninety-year-old fall so hard to do all this and not break a bone? Wow! He is bouncing back with a remarkable speed. I think he will be good for his ninetieth party. Another “wow” connected to this is the realization that home schooling and dealing with very aging parents (three of them between the two of us) and an aging single aunt, all out of town is not going to work next year. God gave me the writing on the wall with this one.
So this brings me to the next “Wow.” Cassie is going to have to go back to school which is 25 miles from us. I had originally thought I could send her for 4 hours and then bring her home to teach Geometry and English. This way she could get the structure and discipline of getting up earlier and not have to take the subjects that go too fast for her. Now I have no guarantee that I will be able to pick her up each day. I am finally experiencing the true meaning of sandwich generation. I called the school counselor and found out that she will get more help than I thought. She will take both of these classes in the resource room. Wow! BIFs (Borderline Intellectual functioning) can get the help they need. Based on what happened to her last year in a different school system, I didn’t believe the help was there. I hate being wrong. However, I have a better understanding of Cassie (and Algebra, World History, Literature, and Earth Science) through this year’s experience.
So is Cassie happy about this? Of course not! It doesn’t help that the resource room has huge windows in a corner room where all can see. According to her, she gets to remind everyone, every day how “dumb” she is. Wow! How can I prepare her for that? What were they thinking when they decided to use that room?
The next “Wow” has to do with Annie. This is Annie’s first year with the 4-H Horse and Pony club. She is leasing a horse and pays for the lease by working. Within the club, she joined two teams. Her horse bowl team did not do well, but here is what happened with her horse judging team. She has a wonderful coach, Misti, who goes beyond the weekly meetings. She ordered special team jackets. At first I was reluctant to buy one, but what an ego booster it has been for Annie to wear a team jacket with her name on the front and team’s name on the back. She will have to take it off when the weather gets hot! At the regional contest, Annie competed against 30 other juniors. She received first place and will go on to state. This is my daughter who is in the special education classes and who had to defend her horse rankings without notes, using technical terms, by herself to a judge. “Wow” and “Wow!”
The final “Wow” is God’s provision for his children, and I am one by His grace and love. I have been very down the last couple of months, much more than I have been in a long time. I happened to teach the lesson of Elijah’s depression. God provided him with rest, refreshment and the encouraging truth that he was not alone. Then he led Elijah to Elisha to help him. I asked God to do the same for me and He did (except for the angelic food – I wonder what that was like.) Wow! Philippians 4:19: ‘”My God will supply all of your needs, according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.” Wow and Wow and Wow!