Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God
which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in
Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6, 7]
Lilly's school situation is still not resolved; she is still a "preschool dropout"; we are still looking for the right fit; but I know it will work out. Lilly is a pretty important gift, and I'm not about to think that God is leading us through this without having a Plan.
Part of the "What's right for Lilly" quest has involved Jon and I doing some soul searching, some prioritizing.
When it comes down to it, we want to make sure Lilly gets the best and most appropriate education, based on what we feel is right for her, not random administrators who don't know her. But what does that mean? I want Lilly to learn to the best of her abilities, in a supportive encouraging environment. I want her teachers and friends to see her strengths and encourage her and to include her as a valued member of the class and community. I want her to develop her passions, and to continue to be motivated to learn the things that are harder for her.
But life isn't just about school and learning. Between Jon and I, we have about 50 combined years of education and training, and with that we can guarantee that there is much more to life. Life is more than just educational and career accomplishments; it's about more than being a brain surgeon or a lawyer. Trust us, we know. Life is about family, about loving each other, and appreciating the little things. It's about singing a song with your favorite person; making time to be silly; overcoming obstacles; standing up for your beliefs; and giggling with your favorite 4 year old as you put them to bed.
Our overriding goal for Lilly is that she is happy and loved and understood and appreciated for who she is. Like our school goals, we want her to be encouraged and valued where ever she is. We want her to be confident and secure. I want the world for Lilly, I want her to know that whatever she wants for herself can be accomplished with hard work. I want her to get many stamps on her passport; to eat many meals with Cinderella at the Castle; to develop a relationship with God and a strong faith. And, I want Lilly know that she always makes me the happiest most proud mommy.