another April 30th in the books…

April 30, 2010 – God (and a friend on Capitol Hill) worked a miracle and got our family out of Serbia. https://bringinganahome.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/angels/

April 30, 2011 – God displayed his sense of humor by sending me back to Serbia on the exact date I begged Him to get me out of there the year before. https://bringinganahome.wordpress.com/2011/06/08/one-year-journey/

April 30, 2012 – I spent my day longing for Serbia.  After many hours of melancholy, I walked into a shoe store with my oldest two children and overheard a conversation that made me as warm inside as the smell of pot roast on a Sunday afternoon.  The words floating around seemed to pass between a Serbian mother and her young child.  I hid behind a tall shoe display and soaked the music in for a while before approaching the mother/daughter duo.  They were indeed from Serbia.  And… they were ending their year-long stay in my area and planned to return to Belgrade only a few days after our encounter.  I thanked them for giving my a little taste of the place I longed to be and then I thanked God for putting them in that store at the exact moment that I needed them to be there.  He’s just good like that.

April 30, 2013 – After Bible study with ladies in my neighborhood and Seth’s IEP (his team still rocks!), I walked in the door just in time to receive a phone call from Sofija’s principal saying that she was being suspended… For the second time in just a few short months.  The teacher she kicked in the temple last time, was kicked in the jaw today.  Happy. Happy. Joy. Joy.  There’s my Serbia for the day.  But I’m not going to focus on it.  Sofija is going to be okay.  We’re all going to be okay.  God promised it.  Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  And besides… I’m leaving tomorrow for Summit9!!

If you’re praying for our family.  Well, Chad probably needs the most knee-time.  He’s alone with the kids for the next few days and he’s going to have LOTS of Tata/Sofija time.  For me, please pray that I give and receive all that God intends for me to give and receive during the conference.

Hooray for May!

One thought on “another April 30th in the books…

  1. Brianne says:

    I know it wasn’t the topic of your post, but I love Sofija stories 🙂 I’m curious…does she attend a public school? How can they “suspend” a student who has an IEP multiple times? I’m sure you’re in the know, having two kiddos with IEPs but I think the maximum days of suspension allows for a student on an IEP is 10 days. After that, they have to hold a hearing to determine if the behavior is a manifestation of his/her disability. If it is, they have to remove the suspension from his/her file and re-address the child’s behavior plan. If aggression towards school staff was a reason for suspension, K would have been suspended for most of the first semester (thankfully, it’s much less now!).

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