Monday, August 4, 2014
JEAN'S: SCHOOL OPENS SOON AND MORE
It's hard to believe that Susan will be starting back to school on August 11th. Old Order Mennonite and Amish schools start earlier than the Englisher schools, but they also get out earlier the end of April or first of May in the spring. Katie will be starting school next year at six years old. The year after that David Jr. will be starting. Time sure flies by.
Katie is not happy that Susan is going to school again and she isn't. She wants to go so bad. We hope she feels the same way when she starts school next year. Katie is fitting into our household. She has learned to speak the German very well. Also, she is use to no television. The buggy is her favorite ride over a car. I think that may be do to the car accident her parents passed (died) in. At church, she has learned to sit and behaves well during meeting - most of the time. At home, she does her chores, most of the time. She is a typical five year old, that needs encouragement and to be let know her work is appreciated.
Susan and Katie do many things together including work. Although Susan does like time with friends her own age. Susan is looking forward to going back to school. We will miss her during school hours as I am so use to having her home all day.
We do not think David Jr. will look forward to going to school as much as the girls do. He would prefer to stay home and help David, Edward and Michael doing farm chores. David Jr. thinks going to school is stupid as he thinks he can learn everything he has to know on the farm. We have discussed home school, if he really doesn't like the school, but we hope he will change in the next two years. We have to watch David Jr. as he feels he can do more than he really can. He wants to drive the horses and we don't believe he is old enough yet.
We may be getting another Foster Child. He is a teenage boy. Katie and Susan say we should get a girl instead to even the number. Edward and Michael have spoken with the boy while working on service a couple of times. He is with another Old Order Mennonite Foster Home and he is one of their first Foster Children. It doesn't seem to be working out. Social Services said they might have to move him and would we consider taking him. We asked Edward and Michael what they thought as they knew him better than we did. Michael said that the boy had been in Foster Home since he was little. He had gone from home to home. Not because he was bad, but things happened. Like one home he was in the Father got transfered out of state and he couldn't go. Another family someone got sick and couldn't keep him. Also, some homes treat a Foster Child different from a natural child and the foster child knows it. The couple he is with is a younger couple in their 20's. They've never had a teenager. We told Michael he was our first teenager, but he said it was different. Michael believes this boy needs a home. A real home. One that he won't have to leave from. A home where he is a member of the family not just a Foster Child. Michael said when he first came to our house, he thought he wouldn't be here long. He never thought we would adopt him. It took him a while to realize this really is home. This boy needs the same.
David Sr. said if we get another Foster child, we will have to finish off the attic as we are running out of bedrooms. I don't think he is kidding. We would also have to put in another bathroom or two. So we do not know right now, if we are going to be his Foster Parents or not, but will let you know. We all had the family meeting to agree that he is welcome in out home. Even the girls finally agreed.
Be With God,