I have been quietly sitting in my house the last few hours working on pictures I took over the last week and just resting in the stillness of my home. The windows are open on this first cool morning of the fall season. I’m thankful for the quiet moments to rest, and even more thankful for the cooler temperatures that bring less humidity.

Today begins a new chapter for my life. I have spent the morning thinking and praying . . . Lord, what is next for my life? What would You have me do with the changes that have come this week? Do You want me to work ImperfectCreations on a full time basis? Do You want me to serve somewhere? Lord, do You want me to work outside the home? Or maybe You want me to have more mornings like this where I can simply, “be”? I don’t know the answers to any of those questions yet, but I am seeking Him and praying for guidance in these areas.

Today also begins a new chapter for my daughter. The girl child is officially a full time student again at a brick and mortar school. She was nerva-cited, as she puts it, and quite frankly so was is her momma. I realized though, the longer she was home, the more stifled her personality was becoming, the more she was complaining, and the more fights she was picking with her brother. She was just miserable. So even though we still have upcoming neurology appointments in December, we decided it would be best for her to return to the public school setting. She is taking a full load of classes, two of which are honors, and will also be continuing her online photography class, giving her seven classes instead of six. She enjoys her photography so much she wants to continue, which is perfectly fine with me.

Today is a victory for my baby girl. Her anxiety was huge, but she conquered her fears. I’m so proud of her.

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AND!!! Today is not only a big day for my girl, but also for my son. My boy child has been in a contained ASD class for the last two years. This is the beginning of his third year in the contained classroom. Our goal for him has been that he would be in all general education classes by the time he reaches high school. Today, and I say this with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, my boy branched out for his first general education class . . . Civics. Anyone that knows Christopher knows he loves – loves – loves History. He knows more than I ever dreamed of knowing (or ever cared to know to be honest). He knows battleships, war planes, guns, ammunition, ranks, and platoons . . . .  He knows why each war was fought and heroes throughout. He is a walking history book! His heart’s desire is to be a Marine or an Army Solider one day. Anyone that knows anything about the military knows you can’t be on certain medications or have certain diagnosis’ and be in the military. He is working hard to be able to participate in the ROTC program at our local high school in just a few years. I received this message just moments ago from Christopher’s teacher, “He did fantastic in civics! Ms. King came back and reported to me that he worked in a group. He participated, and answered questions and seemed to really enjoy the class!”

Today is a victory for son. He is one class closer to being ready for high school. I’m so proud of my son.

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I just had to share these three pictures. In between the first and third picture Christopher tried to discretely elbow his sister. The second picture was her reaction. Christopher never flinched. They bicker and fight all day. In fact, Kaitlyn was refusing to even take a picture with him because he picks on her . . . but it’s moments like these I hope will carry them in to a better relationship as they continue to grow up. Together.

Today, I am thankful. Thankful for what has been entrusted to me and thankful for new beginnings that lead to new chapters.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything

 There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.