• 27Mar

    There are many different details that make it possible, but to keep a long story short, the boys finished their school work today.  That’s a good thing.  I’ve been wanting to pack up the school stuff and get it out of the way, and I didn’t want to be trying to keep up with school while trying to build house.  Instead I will be taking the boys along some days to help with the house and we will give them some hands-on training as well as head knowledge.

    Report cards are a small thing.  I actually kind of enjoyed filling them out the first time I did them.  This is the first year that I have done report cards so I’m still trying to figure a few things out, but it’s so exciting to see what the boys accomplished.  At the bottom of our report cards there is two lines.  One line is for the teacher to sign (I guess it means that everything is true and accurate – at least as far as she knows), and the other line is for the parent to sign (proof that a parent actually got to see the report card).  Well, I figured it was a little redundant for me to sign as both the teacher and the parent, so I told Dan that he was going to have to be the parent in this particular case.   He thought I was a little silly as usual, but he went ahead and signed the first quarter.

    I love his signature. . . .

    The second quarter we were in PA having baby Caleb, and the third and fourth quarters I combined today.  Seeing Dan’s signature down there again makes me want to cry.  He only ever got to sign the boy’s report card once, and he will never get to sign the girls.  I’ll have to scrapbook them.

    .  I have a nice calendar of the whole year where I colored in the days that we had school, and right in the middle of it is this red thunder cloud over the day October 29, 2008.  The thing that really seems to bother me is the fact that we just kept going.  Yeah, we took some time off for travel, adjustments, grieving, baby Caleb’s arrival, etc, but there were still colored squares after that day.  We still did school work.  We still had to get up in the morning and do our thing.  Something that devestating, that life-changing, something that big should have made the whole world stop.  And even that doesn’t seem to be enough.  I can’t even imagine why it should even start back up again at all.

5 Comments to School is over!

  • Dan would want you all to go on and every one of the kids grow up to be very special and honor and LOVE God!!!

  • Dan’s signature is special. Thanks for sharing. As for continuing on…I’m sure Dan would be proud of you for keeping the pace going the best you can. Just because someone has a bad day doesn’t mean everyone else will stop for them, if you have a job you still have to work, if you are a Mom you still have to be a Mom 24/7.
    I think being a Mom is one of the hardest responsibilities I’ve ever had, sometimes I wish I could just take the day off, let the kids fend for themselves, etc., but I know I can’t. When I start to think about it I don’t even know what I would do or where I could go for a whole day if i was able to “take it off”. Keep up the good work, Liisa, I’m praying for you.

  • This reminds me of the day Eric and I were married. Eric’s brother Joe was driving us to the reception hall, and he commented — “All these people just going about their lives like it’s a normal Saturday, they don’t even realize that my brother just got married!”
    Or when I sat in the booth where we stopped for food after Ian died, and all around me people were happy and eating. Not even realizing that I had just watched them wheel my son away to the morgue.
    The day Danny died I remember it was snowing. Not the soft, big, white flakes, but the cold, windy, gray. At the time I thought that was just one more thing in this dark winter. Now I think (And I know this could be far fetched) 🙂 — God controls the weather, perhaps it was a gift from Him. Perhaps He was saying, the world may not know, but I know. I see the storm in your heart. I know that today is a day for grief.
    Not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from the Father’s will and you are of more value than many sparrows.

  • I still have in a safe place the only signature that I was given of my dad. It was at the end of a short note written just for me at 6 years old. It was signed Daddy. I will always keep it close. So photo copy that beautiful signature, frame it if you wish and let all the kids have a copy to save with their special things. But, treasure those simple things, because they are special and God does know about the sad days that are made better by the simple things. I know I find that and with Sharon I will never forget October 29, 2008. It was my second aniversary and it was the day I said good bye to my first special nephew. Both days were full of snow storms to remind us that life was changing forever. God knows and He heals and brings joy. So each year while I rejoice with my husband and the life God gave us I will remember and pray for the sorrow you have over the love you lost and pray that God will fill all those empty places in your heart. So, congratulations on a school year well done and be blessed as you build your new home and new memories. We love you.