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Monday, May 05, 2008

GOTTA' RUN...

Can't chat for long...
Brent and I are meeting with the superintendent of schools in our area today at 4:15pm. It's in regards to some disappointing news and a very big blow to our hearts pertaining to Kenidi and her kindergarten year next Fall.
At this moment in time, many people are praying for the administrators to have favor with us when we speak with them to voice our concerns and opinions. My Mom reminded me this weekend that the good Lord above is there to always fight my battles for me.
This time is no different!
I'm praying he can soften the hearts of the school staff and change some minds when it comes to a decision they recently made. It affects not only Kenidi's future but many other "special needs" children as well. I've been told time and time again - ever since Kenidi's diagnosis back in 2004 - that there would come a day when we would "HAVE" to "F-I-G-H-T" for her and for her rights when it comes to the system. That day has now reared its ugly head. It's here and we are prepared - with God by our side - to fight for what we believe in. As her parents, we are her only advocates.
As 4:15pm rolls around today, (it's now 3:10pm Indy time), I ask that you pray for us or send some ginormous positive vibes our way for Kenidi, and for the numerous other children and families involved. Pray that the schools see the clear picture after our meeting with them and that God's will shall be done. I plan to go in with Christ in my heart and hold onto my integrity as I strongly voice my opinion. I plan to be heard but do not plan to be stupid and irate. Although my emotions want to kick, scream, yell, cry, and shout at the top of my lungs to these people, I realize that will get us no where. I will remain an adult while in there and will hold my head high as we walk out - no matter what the outcome. We will praise him in this storm.
I'm too emotionally charged to explain the details as of this moment. I feel as though my insides are being ripped to shreds and that there is quite possibly nothing I can do for my child other than pray for a better outcome - even though the decisions being made for her are "wrong." Just wrong! For the first time, I look at her and realize she is "different" and people are now "treating her different." I just never expected it would play out in this manner or begin this early. Brent and I are fighting for that which we believe in today. If the situation doesn't change after the meeting this afternoon, I fear that it is going to get really noisy around our community. Here is to fighting for Kenidi and for all of the other kids that can't fight for themselves either.....
In his grip, Angie

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Angie . . . I sit in tears while writing this message to you. Your family is in my prayers at this very moment. If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know!

In my prayers,

Kathy (Payton's mom)

5/05/2008 3:47 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Angie,
You and Sweet Kenidi are in my prayers today.
I've been where you are right now and it hurts to my core for my kids and the things we have to do to fight for them.

Keep me posted... I am praying that things go in your favor.
Hugs...
Vicki

5/05/2008 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie and Brent... God gave you the gift of Kenidi because he knows that you both are strong enough for the fight that may be ahead. You all are in my prayers and I support what ever actions you must take. I will be right there beside you 100%!

Melissa

5/05/2008 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Angie,
I stumbled upon your blog a while back looking at your awesome things you make! I have been wanting to leave a comment,and thought today would be a great time! I am praying for your family right now!!! I have a daughter with cerebral palsy, and I know your heart! We do have to fight for them and I pray the outcome today is the right one! We sure are praying! My family has enjoyed reading your blog. We have cried and we have laughed! I love your testimony of faith. Even though I do not know you, I can relate to you so much when it comes to our kiddos,and the stand we must take for them!!
In His Love,
Rhonda Bryant

5/05/2008 4:58 PM  
Blogger Sabra said...

Go get 'em!
The Godairs

5/05/2008 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Melissa Roark said...

Angie, As you know....my Brendon is in developmental Preschool in Clark Pleasant. I have put myself through hours of Article 7 training and IEPs and I have an advocating nature. If you need a sidekick in your battles, you call me girl. I mean it.
I am a professional (not loony) Christian mom passionate about what these special children need and feel like God is leading me to advocate for these kiddos on a much higher level. These children are neither Democrat or Republican, but pay the price of money not being appropriately allocated. Love the Colts, but from a therapy and financial perspective....Brendon is on a 10 year wait for services. The money for that stadium could have moved multitudes off the wait list. Therefore, everytime I drive by the stadium I think about the $1,000 a month I am paying for Indiana to enjoy it at the expense of these voiceless children.
This worries me greatly and I do hope you will post more details. I hope this has nothing to do with mainstreaming these kiddos into kindergarten. EVERY kiddo should be able to do that. (our expect Barb that we shared believes that, too)

I am praying for you.

Melissa Roark
mmroark2@yahoo.com

5/05/2008 5:20 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Angie-
I love your blog, I found it coming across looking for girly things. I have fallen in love with your funny and cute personality. I read your blog everyday (: I'm not a stalker. I'm praying for you right now, God will make a way. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13
Katie

5/05/2008 5:51 PM  
Blogger Stacey Moore said...

hope it all works out. we will be thinking of your family!!

5/05/2008 7:56 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Thanks guys! You'll never know how much your support means to us. Unfortunately, the meeting did not go well. We went thinking we'd meet with the superintendent only to be told when we got there that he couldn't make it. Long story short, we met with the assistant superintendent which upset me from the get go. In the end, their decision made our decisions. Stay tuned for the details to unfold in the coming days. As I said earlier, it is fixing to get really loud round here. We just might need you guys - any of you - even if you are out of state. The more voices we have - the better. This fight is going to get uncomfortable but it is a fight we are prepared to take on. Again, stay posted and if you can help us with your voices whether it be via letters, emails, etc., we'd sure appreciate it. Thanks for everything and for the outpuring of comments and emails thus far. It is so comforting to know that we have all this support for Kenidi and the other families involved.

5/05/2008 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

Angie,
We also faced a similiar situation this last fall (however, my daughter does not have a disability) and your comments bring all the emotions rushing back to me... I did want to go in and scream and kick and fight for "MY CHILD" so I understand your emotions. I thankfully let me husband handle it and just cried for days... and it all worked out in the end so I pray that you have success.

5/05/2008 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie,
I am trying to read between the lines and be patient for your post, but I just want to say that I hope they are not trying to keep special needs kids out of mainstream kindergarten. FEDERAL law requires them to place those kiddos in the LRE= Least restrictive environment.

They would have a very hard argument to make on a kindergarten level. '

Alright, will wait patiently for your story details.

Melissa Roark

5/05/2008 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Sue (Angie's Mom) said...

Hi baby girl.
I am sorry I went to bed early, my leg is killing me, however, I hate that you and kenidi are having to go through this, but at the same time It seems I am learning so much about the daughter I didn't know as well as I thought I did. I love to see your emotions and talents and concerns come out, and watch the way you handle them with God backing you. I don't know the outcome of the meeting, but I do know that if it didn't go in our favor..... it is only because God has a better plan.
Hang tuff, call me later, I love you, Mommy

5/06/2008 6:24 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

As always Angie, you and your family are in my constant prayers. God has BIG BIG plans for that little girl of yours, you can see it in her eyes and her smile. Praying for you...

Jen

5/06/2008 8:23 AM  
Blogger Sherri James said...

Angie, I've read this word for word and just can't express how frustrated I am with the "box" that man puts our children in. God created them to be just who they are disabilities and all.
I'm facing a situation with Reed due to his epilepsy and now possibly ADD along with it and I know how frustrating it is trying to get the system to understand your child and what they need. I had to go to bat for him just 2 weeks ago. It's up to us as parents to fight for what we believe in where our children are concerned. God has entrusted them to our care and we MUST fight for them and lift them up daily in prayer and support them in every way we can. I came across this scripture from Isaiah 43:2...When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Is. 43:2 Be encouraged and remain steadfast knowing that God is in control and has a plan for your baby girl!!! I've been reading the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian...if you don't have it get your hands on a copy..it is an awesome prayer tool that every parent needs. I'm praying for you guys!! Your sister in Christ, Sherri

5/06/2008 12:49 PM  

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