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Every once in a while, we get a win. Today, I feel sort of like the kid in the picture. The one in the green shirt.

I’m not bragging, but so much of the time I write about the hard stuff, and today I’d like you to join me in a little happy dance.

Fourth grade has not been easy. Both kids have had frustrations (math for her, staying focused while testing for him). And of course, those frustrations have spilled over to home.

You JUST DID the SAME kind of problem. It’s the SAME process with different numbers. Simply DO what you JUST DID.


You knew all the answers last night. ALL. OF. THEM. How could you tank this test?

We worked this year. Double duty math practice. Extra spelling drills. Re-taking tests at home if grades sank below C-level. (Sorry, nerd joke.) And no, not for credit, just for training.

Their teachers have been phenomenal. The school is incredible. Anytime I ask for extra support, more worksheets, conferences…pretty much whatever we need, they provide. I’m so glad we have one more year with this super team.

And today, all the extra work, the collaboration—and yes, the tears—paid off. In spades.

Hubby and I sat in the crowded auditorium as children dressed in red, white or blue filed in behind jubilant teachers. When the principal began announcing names of children with elevated scores on year-end tests,

he called her name.

Hubby and I couldn’t hold back our whoops. And then,

he called his name. 

Both of our kids stood, proud, in line with other children who’d scored well.

She received an award for reading. He received awards for reading and math.

Five years ago, he was 5 and didn’t know the alphabet. Five years ago, she was 7 and couldn’t read three-letter words. 

We have come so far, the four of us.

SO far.











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Posted on June 14, 2016, in Adoption, parenting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Such a great mom. Great job, everybody!

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  2. Hi, Fab blog! I am still in the very early stages – 4 months old. Just making efforts to link in with fellow bloggers to improve our followers and get the word out there for us both. I would appreciate you having a peek at my blog, as I have published several posts. Feel free to like, comment, follow or just take a peek. Thank you 🙂


  3. Casey.
    Sounds like things are steady for a moment. Are you having the problem with posting we talked about. There are several great post here who could benefit many. Reblog when you can.

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    • Hey! Which problem with posting (other than finding time…)? I can’t remember. It’s been a crazy month…I need to get writing. 😉 I’ll reblog when I can, for sure!


  4. Parenting is the hardest job and the greatest at the same time! 🙂

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  5. Like Like Like Like – wait a minute! NO! — LOVE

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  6. That’s amazing, Casey! It never ceases to amaze me how much effort you and your other half put into parenting. Your kids have worked so hard to gain their success and so have you. They already have so many more oppotunities ahead of them than they would have done and things will only get better.
    Well done all of you 🙂

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  7. bless them all, amen

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