My dear friends, I can not even begin to express to you how much you have touched my heart these past five days! Within just a few minutes of my last post, you were right there offering me support, encouragement, and best of all your prayers. As I read through each comment that you all made, the outpouring of love was so strong, so deep, and so sincere that I just sat there and bawled like a baby! You have never even met me, yet you care enough about me and my family to let me know that you are there for us, lifting us up in intercessory prayer. I appreciate and love each and every one of you that have thought of us or prayed for us these past days. I can tell you that your prayers have given me the strength and the courage to be strong. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
We are still in the thick of this situation. I talked to a lawyer today. I also wrote up a written appeal to the school and we have our committee hearing on Thursday morning. Right now I take one day at a time, one phone call at a time, one conversation at a time.
One neat thing that I want to share with you is how God is showing me so much of Himself throughout this whole ordeal... Monday morning was the day that my son and I went to visit with the high school principal so I spent Sunday evening in prayer and reading His Word. I told you already how I am extremely emotional and very non-confrontational to the extent that I break out in hives and redness on my neck and face, throbbing temples, and have even experienced dizzy spells, all within minutes of being confronted. I just don't like to debate issues (which explains why I failed Speech & Debate in high school, ha). I went to His Word and was reading Philippians 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God". So I shut my Bible right there and just poured out my heart to God. He already knew my issues, He created me. I
asked begged him to guard my heart, my emotions, to speak through me and not let my mind worry or fear. After praying for some time, I opened my Bible back up and went on to read Philippians 4:7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"! I was SOOO excited!! He confirmed right then and there that He was indeed in control of the whole situation. I have read this passage many times in my lifetime but in this one certain situation, this verse had a whole new meaning to me! Such sweetness! =]
Our meeting with the principal was very direct and swift. We weren't getting anywhere so I informed him that our only option was to obtain a lawyer. Within 20 minutes of leaving our meeting, he left me a phone message that said Ryan could come back to school but he would be placed in In-House Suspension. I called him back and thanked him for that option, but declined in that it would still present my son as guilty. So now we sit and wait until our committee meeting on Thursday. In the meantime, Ryan is allowed back to school as a regular student. Which I don't understand but who understands school politics? I give God ALL the glory for getting me through these past few days, for restraining my tongue, and speaking wisdom through me (Rich can attest that is definitely from God, haha)
So there you have it. I thank you all that continue to send emails and messages that you are still praying and will continue until this situation is resolved. Again, I can't express how much that touches my heart. Please pray for our meeting on Thursday. All we want is justice.
Now... on to some fun stuff! I am so very excited, I am attending a crafter's retreat this weekend, YAY!! All day Friday and Saturday, and almost all of Sunday. This time away from home could not have come at a better time... another way that God is showing me His Grace! We will be at Camp Egan, which is surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains. If only we could get snowed in there, lol! Old friends and new friends, such a great time! Oddly enough, I plan to scrapbook Ryan's school years and catch up to present year. I'm also taking my recipe scrapbook and some stitching to work on. It's gonna be a superb time, I can tell already! =] This is a present for my mom that is almost finished. I need to complete the border and then add each grandchild's name under the hearts. I plan to finish this at the retreat.
I thank you if you lasted until the end of this post, lol. I know lots of words and not many pictures is not fun. It's been quite a few months of heartache and tribulation. Definitely not much fun happening at the Berry Homespun Primitive blog. But... my God is a loving God and a gracious God who wants to give us the desires of our hearts.
I plan to be back to creating and crafting as soon as I get back from the retreat. I have lots of projects that are patiently waiting for me.
Thank you one more time, my dear, sweet friends. You mean so much to me and I thank God for our friendship. Have a delightful week~