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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

IN RESPONSE:

I felt the need to post a message here that I just got from an "anonymous" source using the name "Teacher of prekinders" here on my blog. Rather than leave it in the comments section and address it there, I thought it would be best if I posted it out here in the open and addressed it in front of everyone. The message I just received reads like this:
Teacher of PreKinders has left a new comment on your post "SCHOOL ISSUE UPDATE":
Hello! I have been reading the updates on Kennidi for some time. Please be mindful that gifted students are also considered "special needs". Not all of them adjust well either. I am not bashing anything here, just be open minded about the whole situation.. We tend to get all over administration, etc... when in fact it is NOT their decision. The Lord will provide an answer whether it be the one you want for Kennidi. Remember--God doesn't waste pain.........
First off, always feel free to leave your name here on my blog when you comment. I've never had people feel like they had to post "anonymously" or use a code name like "teacher of prekinders" when they leave me a note. I am very open minded and willing to address anything and everything within reason. Each person is entitled to their own opinion and I totally respect that. However, I feel that if you feel strong enough to comment on a matter behind the scenes, then you should feel strong enough to stand up for yourself and what you believe in - even if in a public forum rather than leaving an anonymous post. With you obviously being a "teacher" due to how you wrote your code name (teacher of prekinders), I pray you will fight and stand up for what you feel is right - especially when it comes to students.

Next up, I have NEVER slighted the gifted students or high ability students within this situation. If you say you've followed my blog updates regarding this ordeal, then surely you will see where I've commented over and over that the high abilities kids need room too. I want both of these levels of kids to be given the needs and the environment they deserve. I've always maintained that no one level should be left out, moved, pushed aside, etc. Now, if you ask me how if I feel about whether the "gifted" kids struggle or would have a hard time with change in comparison to special needs children, I would tell you that I feel "gifted" kids are more apt to be able to swallow change more so than special education students. The fact that the high abilities children are being given the "CHOICE" to participate in a separate "gifted" program at another school is HUGE here. The special needs children don't have a CHOICE in this matter. The high abilities kids can participate in the high ability classes at the alternate school or they can choose not to. Many parents have written me throughout this ordeal and told me just that. (that their child was offered the gifted program but they elected not to enroll them in it because they didn't want their kids be separated and sent off to different schools). With the special education students, they HAVE to have these classes in order to get by on a daily basis and survive within life. They are not given a CHOICE to be in a program or not. Unfortunately, they weren't blessed with that ability when they were born. God had other plans for them. So....yes, if it came down to who could be moved easier or placed in a new environment easier, I will tell you that I think it is the "high abilities" kids that will do best in the adjustment process. But going back to what I said and I've always said, my fight is to get both - both high ability and special needs programs - there at the elementary school. We feel that both levels of kids should be at their "home" school. Case closed!

Also, you mentioned in your anonymous post above that we "tend to get all over the administration, etc. when in fact it is NOT their decision." Well, I'm confused here. If it isn't the decision of the administration, then why did the assistant superintendent tell me that he and the assistant director of special services made this decision together? If the administration within our schools aren't making these decisions about curriculum's and what to bring in and out of the schools, then who is? I sure know that it isn't the parents. I have newsletters that come home from school each quarter talking about all of the plans that the administration is working to approve in the coming months/years/etc. The only person I can go to bat for here is the principal of Brennen's school. (and where Kenidi should be going-their home school) I spoke to him early on and learned that his hands are tied in this matter. As principals, it is up to the administration to decide what is placed or removed within these schools. Our particular principal, Mr. Bruce Haddix, is an incredible man that has done wonders for this elementary school. I respect his honesty and his help in regards to this issue. We completely realize that although he might still want the program in his school, the superintendents office has decided otherwise. Therefore, his hands are tied and he can't go against the "administrations" decision.

Lastly, to be blunt, the only sentence within your post that made much since to me or held backing, was where you put...."Remember--God doesn't waste pain...." You are so right. That is my motto in life-as you obviously have read while going through or following my blog updates. GOD DOESN'T WASTE PAIN! And at the end of this fight, whether it ends in favor of our opinion or not, It hasn't been what I consider painful to me. It's what I consider "meaningful" but not "painful." It's a journey. A test of faith. A learning process. This issue will have created awareness, created strength, created community support and unity, helped our family especially to learn more about school law as well as the laws surrounding our special needs daughter, and the story will be given God's glory because his will is what shall be done. If his will, is not our choice, then so be it. I am woman enough and mature enough to accept what is the will of God. What I will not accept, is to sit back, "anonymously" and watch, wait, and listen, while decisions are being made for my daughter that I don't feel are in her best interest. If God's will says I'm wrong and they are in her best interest, then we move on to another chapter in life and will smile, spin, and leap while doing it. God will have obviously wanted me to learn something during this process and at that point, I'm hopeful that I will have learned what he was guiding me toward. No matter what the outcome, when all is said and done, I will know in my gut that I "fought for what I believed in - out loud, in God's grace, in the open, and publicly!"

Again, thank you Ms. "Teacher of prekinders" for the time you took to post your "anonymous" comments on my blog. Everyone is entitled to their "own" opinion and I truly respect that. I pray my follow up to your note was helpful and that you can respect my opinion as much as I do yours. Have a spectacular day~!
PS...For future reference, my daughters name is spelled: KENIDI

31 Comments:

Blogger Christina said...

Hi there
I have wanted to contact you for sometime now, I am in Southern California, I have been following your blog for the last few weeks, sometimes 2x a day!
I have wanted to say I think your an amazing woman, your dedication to your children and husband, it is refreshing and beautiful. I can not say i know how you feel or know what you are going through, but I will say that I commend you in your efforts, to do what you feel is RIGHT. I have read your posts about the school thing, I think you have been VERY fair and honest about your communication with staff and such. Your daughter DESERVES the same anyone else, and no one can argue that.
Keep smiling, hopefully the sun is shining there, and ENJOY your family today and everyday.
Christina

5/20/2008 2:41 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Hi Christina. Thank you so much for your kind words, encouragement, and support. It means the world to Brent and I. Thanks for bringing another smile to my face this afternoon. :)

5/20/2008 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Molly P. said...

Hi Angie I understand how you feel. My sister is deaf and has cochlear implants which means she has to have speech therapy, a cued speech translator and tons of therapy outside of school. My mom and I have fought the school system ( even protested ) for the cochlear implant children. They require a special sound proof room and specially trained teachers. That is very hard to come by when the school system ignores children with special needs. I absolutly love being an advocate for my sister that is smart and precious in her own way. She has taught me so many things and she's only ten. I love her and would not change anything I have done or said for her well being.

5/20/2008 4:24 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Thank you Molly! You keep up the good fight for your sister too girl. You are so right-they do teach us so many things, don't they? Thanks for the support. It's greatly appreciated!
Angie

5/20/2008 4:31 PM  
Anonymous Sabra Godair said...

Atta Girl! Keep your chin up...you guys are doing great! Might I add...I would love the chance to "escort" these fellows out the door, too! Hugs!
Sabra Godair

5/20/2008 4:32 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Too funny Sabra. How bout' we through a "send off" party across the country when the day comes???
Thanks for the support girl!
Angie

5/20/2008 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Melissa Roark said...

So many teachers and administrators need to think in terms of "what if this were my child" ~~~~~ instead of looking through the very wide "public greater good" scope. That scope doesn't work too well, when you have a protected group of special needs kids. They ARE TO BE GIVEN PRIORITY, their needs considered in these sort of "routine" decisions.

You are acting in Kenidi's best interests. That's all you signed up for. Therefore, no need to defend any choices being made on behalf of any other children. (ie: gifted classes to send a prodigy to college at 14)

While this is an easy concept for a mother to accept, again SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND TEACHERS GENERALLY DON'T GET IT. The federal government gets it.....each special needs child is entitled to an IEP...AN INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN. Individual. Individual. Individual. Hey Center Grove.....INDIVIDUAL.

What does this mean? It means that if a case conference committee recognizes the support, love, emotional growth potential, comradery, developement strengths present in Kenidi Seaman attending the same school as her brother, neighbors, friends........it's in her best interests. If she might suffer from an educational standpoint being bussed to another facility and not being given the same opportunities as her community peers, then that needs to be considered.

I am all for the schools, looking at ALL children and LIKE OTHER STATES IN THE US.....integrating each of these children in their home school environment. Surely all the money saved on bussing......might help func this decentralization.

Okay, off my soapbox and feeling guilty about the status of my feet. (thanks for the pedicure blog post)


Melissa Roark

5/20/2008 4:53 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

And there you have Melissa...the go getter whom I need to hire for my personnel staff. You know I love your passion on this topic girl. You've taught me so much! Mainly & most importantly - you've taught me to just keep fighting. I thank you for that! :) Your the best!
Brent & Angie

5/20/2008 4:57 PM  
Blogger Hipmomofboyz said...

I just found your blog (you left me a sweet comment)
I just read your first entry and I still don't know the entire store. So with that said, I can already tell you are a mom fighting for you child. That is what you are suppose to do. This person that left you a message and did not leave a name can not really stand behind what they are saying, not leaving a name is the easy way out(or the chick ,,,, way out) I admire you and you love for your children. I am going to be reading your blog. I'll be back to visit.....
Good luck....and stay true to you and your child

5/20/2008 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Sue (Angie's Mom) said...

Angie, I am sorry you have to go through all this, just because you Love your beautiful daughter and want the best for her and others like her. You did not set out to fuss with people, but working out with the public like I do, I see so many diffrent types of folks. Some are so bitter, they are jealous and want to lash out at you because you are so sweet and caring, and your heart truly is intent on living for God. I know you forgive others and pray that God would convict their hearts to walk a mile in your shoes. It isn't just about today, but the rest of Kenidi's life! This is going to be tuff, but as I said God will fight your battles for you and God help those who treat a child of the most high God badly. He will forgive them but there will be consequence's for them to pay, however maybe they will learn and grow from it. God Bless you my little baby girl, don't let any one get you discouraged.Love mommy

5/20/2008 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie, I am confused about your "wishy washy" ways. I looked at your blog at 3:00 today and you had a very snotty comment about the anonymous person spelling your daughters name wrong. Now it is 6:30 on the same day and that remark is gone. Has someone finally called you out on not being who you portray yourself to be? And you proclaim to be a witness, do you think your last entry is a witness to non-believers? Why don't you try more "knee-mail" than email. If you spent as much time praying as you do blogging, you would storm the throne room of GOD! And I'll stay anonymous because I have seen 1st hand the way you treat your enemies ... God Bless!

Think before you blog!!!

5/20/2008 6:35 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Again, Ms. Anonymous...everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I truly respect that. I'm sorry you are so confused. Didn't have any "callings out" but I found yours entertaining. Have a spectacular day.
Angie

5/20/2008 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed with my "calling out", you didn't publish my comment, like you do your "friend's".

WOW, the P.S. is back, I believe that would be ME calling YOU out!
Angie ... get real! You are the reason I don't "believe", it is "christians" like you that make me sick!

5/20/2008 6:51 PM  
Anonymous ellie said...

Please understand that most teachers do think, "What if this were my child." We see so much in the classroom each day that's wonderful and so much that's heart-breaking (I have at times had to fight the impulse to take some of my kids home, if only to feed them). Just like our own kids, sometimes our students drive us nuts, but we ALWAYS love them.

I am slowly getting to know and love Angie and Kenidi, and I have written a letter of support for them because I feel they are being wronged. However, at the same time, I have been hurt by some of the things posted about teachers (in general) within the blog comments. (Not the blog text, Angie.)

(Angie, remember what I said about the unfortunate power of unkind words? They pack a wallop! I'm working through it over here!!)

Each child is precious in His sight and in mine. There are some moments I need to be reminded, "love them anyway," when I'm frustrated. It's so much like being a parent! I do, and every teacher I know does, love their students.

Just yesterday I went to bat for a little boy who has been overlooked too long, and though he's leaving our school district, I worked to make sure he would finally have an IEP to take to his new state.(Other staff helped, of course!) And on the same day, I received an email from the mother of one of last year's students thanking me for not backing down when they wanted him in a self-contained room for SPED in middle school when I knew he'd thrive in regular ed. with help (he has Asberger's Syndrome, he's on the Autism spectrum). We worked on getting him the right placement for over six months.

Please know, teachers, and most administrators do care. Remain passionate for Kenidi and this cause but don't place us all on the other side of the table. There is love.

Ellie from Illinois

5/20/2008 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Angie,
I loved your Mom's comment! She reminds me of my mom. They are our #1 FANS! We are praying for you as you fight this fight! I have mentioned before, I have a 10 year old daughter who has cerebral palsy. She is my hero in life! I can relate to your heart so much! I know how we must fight! I am going to e mail you a picture of Bailee. It is nice to put faces with names. I love your blog, and you have been an inspiration to many. We will keep praying that the outcome will be what it should.

Keep up the fight!
Rhonda Bryant

5/20/2008 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Julie Ann in Zionsville said...

Oh Angie, my heart hurts that you had to read something like that. To anyone who doesn't personally know this family-rest assured that they would be the first to pray for, support or bring awareness to the plight of another child- regardless of their situation. The world needs more people like Brent and Angie to fight for causes that they believe in.
As someone who is blessed to know Angie-this incredibly gracious, forgiving and talented woman of the greatest faith and character- I can tell you that she and ALL of us who are praying are doing so that the Lord's will be done in this situation.
Brent and Angie- that precious child is so lucky to have parents like you and an extended family all across this country. Keep fighting, keep your heads held high, and keep your spirits restored. We are all behind you.
Love,
Julie Ann

5/20/2008 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say thank you to julie ann. I don't know you however, I can see that you truly do know my little angie, she is blessed to have a friend like you.This is truly, "calling out" at it's finest.You are right you know, angie would do anything for anyone. She would go to anonymous right now and give her any amount of time she wanted to talk out any problem she ever had on her mind, with no hard feelings. I am glad that you felt her pain and put this nice post here for her. Sincerely,Susie Hasty

5/20/2008 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

Ready to kick some butt NOW?!?! I tell you, some people just shouldn't be allowed to BLOG! Angie, I am so glad our pathes crossed years ago, and I feel blessed to even know you. You are a kind, gracious, FORGIVING, wonderful person and Kenidi truly is blessed to have you as a mother. Keep up the fight!!!

5/20/2008 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Shannon (Angies sista from anotha motha! ;) said...

Angie ~ I just read the response you made to the anonymous comment blog. I whole heartedly agree with your response! Those of us who know you know that if you had it your way, both programs would stay, but being that one has to go, the other kids with high abilities could possibly adapt better and can speak up and say that they would not feel comftorable changing schools in order to do the program! Kids like Kenidi cannot tell you how they feel about the situation and they need their parents 100% to look out for their best interests and NO ONE but their parents can understand how they would feel in a particular situation like this! I also read the above negative comment while scrolling down to leave this one! Don't let any of these comments get you down and you keep fighting for that baby girl and keep those prayers going up and God will prevail and the outcome WILL be in Kenidi's best interest! It will all be worth it in the end no matter how much pain it brings in the mean time, you all will be stronger, and ALOT of people will learn about the power of prayer from this experience and THAT my friend is what "God never wastes pain" is about! I can't imagine that anyone could honestly say that YOU are the reason they don't believe. They obviously don't know you at all. You are one of the most GENUINE, SWEET, CARING, GOLD HEARTED, GOD LOVING women I know! YOU Angie are a GREAT example of a Christian and what you are doing for your daughter shows your true character. But what people don't know is that you would not just do that for Kenidi, but probably any other child that you believed needed someone to fight for them! I am so blessed to have you for a friend, I am PROUD to call you my friend and Im proud of YOU! Keep up the fight girlfriend!!!

5/20/2008 10:27 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Angie,
Hello there! I'm Lindsey and I worked with Sara B. in Wayne Township. I taught a Lifeskills classroom for children with special needs for 2 years. I'm not teaching currently because I'm at home with my 8 mo. old son. I am also friends with Joy L. :) I just wanted to post a comment to let you know I'm praying for you and everything you and your family is going through in this situation. I hope and pray that your daughter can be kept @ her homeschool. Many students that I taught were not in thier homeschool....but I always thought it was important that they should be. Keep fighting for what is right for YOUR daughter!!! If there is anything I can do I'd love to help. :) Take care... Lindsey L.

5/20/2008 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Response... But i thought of one thing left out. If the superintendents are NOT making the decisions then lets stop paying them high dollars that could be used for our special needs classrooms.

Great response Angie!

Melissa

5/20/2008 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

OH MY!!! Who is this coward that cannot even sign their name?? Obviously someone afraid to speak out unless it is under a veil of a nickname. Sounds like he/she may have one of the 'gifted' children and have no clue about the truly special needs children. People crack me up! I feel your aggravation with someone who is so narrow-minded themselves. You keep up the good fight and avoid other such cowards lurking in the woodwork. Sounds like a busy-body with too much time on his/her hands who is afraid of what others may think of them if they (their friends) read the blog. Get over yourself 'teacher of pre-kinders'!

Have a blessed week and please keep us posted,

Jenny

5/21/2008 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Melissa Roark said...

Angie,
I am sorry that you have to deal with the "anonymous poster" on here who was insulting. I know that the last thing you need is the ridiculous ramblings of someone with no life, clearly jealous of you and your family, who is so "offended" by you that they visit your blog daily.

Hey anonymous poster, are you doing anything constructive with your time?

I don't know what your expectations for a Christian is, but I see God's love all over this family. I have known Brent since I was a child. God has used life experiences, tragedy, and triumph to mold him into a man of integrity, respect, and love for his wife and children. Angie has been a blessing in my life just through our email communications alone... Kenidi is clearly an angel and Brennan a superstar kiddo.
What are you doing? Why are you using words to assault and hurt them? Quit "projecting", K?
(Projecting is when you subconsciously look at your faults....oh, critical fakeness for example.....and direct them as insults or advice to other people"
For example, wishy washy. What is wishy washy? (other than the name of one of my 3 year old's books) I would consider wishy washy an adjective describing yourself, actually. I mean who faithfully reads a blog daily for someone that they can't stand? Hmmmm? Takes time to project anger at their object of obsession through a post here or there? Hmmmmm?
Projection? perhaps?

By the way, church is not a museum for Saints, but a hospital for sinners. I personally am refreshed to see someone like Angie, who is REAL about her faith and her struggles.

Okay, backing off my soap box once again.
Melissa Roark

5/21/2008 12:02 AM  
Anonymous MaDonna Sue Hasty said...

Good Morning Sunshine! Hey honey I was just listening to Joel Osteen, He was preaching about being thankful, He said "If someone has been being rude to you or is jealous of you, bad mouthing you,..... Then just tell Jesus,Thank you, that I am not like that person" Gotta Love It! Have a beautiful day sweetie, P.S. Thank You To all of the sincere people who Love Angie, and are not ashamed to say so. You have some wonderful friends ang. God Bless those who Bless YOU!

5/21/2008 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Missy Mouton said...

AMEN ANGIE!!!! I have often fought battles thru daycare for my kids. A lot of the time people didn’t see the big deal. As for me, I will fight to the end for what is best for my babies! I back you 100%. You are so right here! You go girl!

Missy

5/21/2008 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Andrea Taylor said...

Angie... I give you 2 thumbs up for what you are doing... WE ARE THE VOICES FOR OUR LIL ONES, THE FUTURE, WHO CAN'T SAY IT THEM SELVES YET!! Nothing but good will come out of the situation at hand, if Kenidi gets to go to her home school every thing will be perfect but if it goes the other way... remember the example you have just set for your daughter and the love you have shown her... these will only add to her character as she grows and you will know that when it is her time to stand up and fight for your rights in the nursing home... she will dive in as strong as her mommy did for her!! Show the world what love and ones rights has to offer ANGIE!!

5/21/2008 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Suzanna said...

Wow~ I did not mean to start such a mess. I only posted as an outside source looking in....

Yes, I do teach Pre-Kinders and have for 15 years!! Yes, I have special needs students in my room and also have gifted at my home. I have seen the valleys that these children have to tromp through!! I fight for all children regardless of disability. I fight more for children with special needs, because in our district, teachers are their only hope. Yes, Kenidi is special and needs someone to speak for her and all others like her.

I want all to understand that even though administration says "they" made the decision, they could have been "TOLD" the answer. Only God knows the story. We can argue with each other all day long and it will get us no where.

I was not and did not BASH anyone about Christianity, personal issues, etc..... I AM a Christian and a very quiet person. We are different and were made that way for a reason.

I only want all individuals involved with this case to be open minded. At the end of this fight, Kenidi and all other disabled children will have been heard. All children will be winners and all will continue in the educational process.

I am sorry if anyone took my comment the wrong way.

I will leave with this verse that is so true.

I Peter 5:7
Cast all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.

Suzanna

5/21/2008 12:32 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Thank you for coming forth and leaving a reply note Suzanna. I truly appreciate that.

As for the gal who commented above about Christianity and such, I offer an open door to speak with me in regards to your feelings. As I laid in bed last night and this morning while conversing with another family member about it, I've come to the assumption that you've been hurt. Whether by a Christian, someone claiming to be one, etc. along the way. As a follower of the blog wrote, we need to look to Christ and not to Christians for an example of how to live. If you were offended by my update on the blog yesterday, I apologize for that. I do have very strong feelings when it comes to our daughter and this wrongful situation. Through it all, you will see the Momma Bear in me come out with a fight-dukes up and ready. As Christians follow God, each will stumble. No one is perfect. We are all sinners in a sinful world unfortunately. As my Mother in law (Ellie) said in this email to me, he didn't ask for us to be Christian but simply to follow him. I would hate for anyone to ever leave my blog and feel more pushed away from God if they are already against being a believer. As a non-believer, sometimes one will look for ways to run from the Lord and I'd hate to ever be a reason for that running. I'd rather stand for a seed or a planting that lead "TOWARD" the running for Christ. It seemed to me, in reflection, that the anonynous poster who left the blog comments above is looking to be heard. I can respect that. With that, I offer an open door to meet with you, talk with you, and just share. I'd be very open and willing to discuss your perspective as well as mine. I'm convinced that God places people in one anothers paths for a reason. My gut tells me that we could learn a lot from each other if given the chance. The offer stands....please feel free to email me at Angie@AngelicaGraceDesigns.com should you like to talk.

Again, thanks Suzanna for replying and leaving a name for your post. The opinions of others are sometimes a stepping stone for further discuss - which rings true to what novel was opened up here yesterday.

Thank you to the rest of you who always have my back too.
In him,
Angie Seaman

5/21/2008 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Mindi said...

Angie,

My husband and I have decided not to send our son to your "home" school for the high abilities classes. If it were in our "home" school he would be doing it. It is not worth it to us to up root him from a school he truley loves. He will be able to take these classes when he is in middle school the following year. As you know I am an art teacher (k-5)and work with all types of children. I know first hand how important it is for a special needs child to feel safe and secure. The security for those childen who attended that school last year and the year before IS that SCHOOL. That is it!! That is thier secutity blanket. Sure they will eventuality adjust to a new environment(maybe 6 months into the school year) but then what? It can happen agian the following year. Are we just going to keep busing them to school after school. They need a stable solid school. Ideally each school would have their own special needs classes. This wouldn't even be an issue. I am sure this is due to money. I am just going to say this, I am soooo glad we have that million dollar plus football stadium instead of classes in our schools!! Ok...I said it. Why is the athletic department getting more money then the special needs kids. I love football and basketball just like all Hoosiers but education should come first. I don't work in this district but I pay taxes to it and my own children attend the schools. Angie, you are so right about knowing who we are bringing into our schools. We need to make EDUCATION priority. Ok...now I will get off my soapbox. Keep up your fight and know I am backing you up on this! Oh...and I am telling everyone that you are my new best friend but that you don't know it yet. So now you know! ;o) Have a GREAT day and will blog ya later.
Mindi

5/21/2008 1:30 PM  
OpenID tobyo said...

I read dooce and saw your comment on her blog which made me curious about what had happened over here on your blog.

Isn't it interesting how normal people, when they get on the internet, suddenly feel permitted or compelled to boss others around, and say disagreeable things?

I also wanted to add my two cents on the topic of fighting for your child in a school system that caters to the majority. My mom had to fight hard to get sign language into the classroom for my little sister, whose first language is American Sign Language. My mom could tell you what you already know: it's a political game filled with administrators and superintendents who relish the position they're in and will typically do nothing unless forced to by a power greater than themselves. My mom won a lot of concessions, and I'm sure you will too. Best of luck, keep fighting!

@molly p.: I didn't realize you couldn't just take a child with a c.i. and throw them in a hearing classroom. I thought that was the whole point.

5/21/2008 4:09 PM  
Blogger brownblog said...

I just happened upon your blog and was happy to see your photography and jewelery. You've got "mad skills" :)! I hope that you know that you do NOT have to respond to
"anonymous'" nasty comments. You are allowed to ignore them. It is not you that they are angry at, it is something deep within themselves. I hope that you get this issue resolved with the school and that you will have rest soon. Sometimes these things we are passionate about are great battles and they can wear us down. Don't let it, God will supply all your needs. He is the Alpha and the Omega. Keep praying and keep blogging, you bring smiles to people's faces and you have spunk! It's a shame that non Christians decide not to love Christ because of other people instead of finding out for themselves how great our God is! And P.S. your "snotty" comment wasn't rude at all. I don't know anyone who wouldn't have done the same thing!
God Bless you and your family! I am glad to have found another Christian blogger!
Sarah
Torrance, CA

6/05/2008 3:41 PM  

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