First Day of School

I just had one of those moments. I feel like I am back in the late 90s. I wrote an entire blog post and then somehow deleted it. How does that happen anymore? Isn't everything saved all the time to some mysterious cloud? I think I am still frustrated that I spent the last hour and a half writing a timeline of everything that happened today and then lost it all.

I digress. This will probably be a bit of a shorter, more compact summary of the day as I am about to crash. 

In preparing for school here in Croatia we were ready for the worst and hoping for the best. After everything we have been through today we can say that it all went better than we could have even hoped. 

There were no tears, no (major) resistance, and no lonely children. God watched over each of them and I know it was because so many of you were lifting them up in prayer. 

First we dropped off Flynn and Griffin at their kindergarten which acts like a hybrid of a preschool, kindergarten, and daycare. People can drop their children off whenever they like and leave them there for as long as they want. Once they turn six they then move on to first grade. We are so thankful that they get to be in the same class. Their teacher didn't speak any English which provided for an entertaining experience of trying to communicate when we would come back and pick up them up.  They spent their day painting, playing, and running around outside, just what they need.  When we came to pick them up they were just finishing their lunch, potatoes, carrots, peas, and some sort of meat, oh and bread, always bread.  Griff ate it like a champ, Flynn well we are working with him!  I think it is a bit of a change from mac and cheese or pb&j., love that they are learning a new culture. Their daily schedule will be 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Next we went to Eli and Eden's school. We had been trying to contact them since arriving and had not heard anything back so we just decided to walk in and see if we could get them enrolled. Thankfully a woman I had spoken to back in September was expecting us and helped us tremendously.  We didn't think the kids would be going to class today because we hadn't done any kind of enrollment, but much to Eden's delight and Eli's disappointment, they had them jump right in. The look on Eli's face when we waiting outside his classroom was rough.  The nerves kicked in.  But he was amazing and just walked right in, amazing.  One of those really proud parent moments.  When it was finally Eden's turn, she was pumped.  For the past few days she has told us many times how she wished her school day would be longer so she could learn more, wow.  Love her for that.  After today, we can feel the conformation that God has truly made our children for this.  

 Another huge answer to prayer is the school has arranged for them to be a part of a new Croatian language prep class that begins this week. Amazing, because it will be focused time on them to help them learn the language. They even said they wouldn't grade them on anything until they finish this Croatian class. Their school was amazing. The only crazy part is that Eli will go from 8:00 - 11:30 and then Eden will go from 11:30 - 3:00 and then they will both go from 3:00 - 4:30 for Croatian classes. 

There is a lot of going back and forth from our house to their separate schools but we will find a rhythm in it all. 

God provided a student in both Eli and Eden's classes that speaks english and translated everything for them and helped them with their school work.  We are so thankful that each one of our children are excited to go back to school tomorrow.  Can't explain what a relief this is for us.  We know that not everyday will be easy, but right now we are grateful that today it was.  Now to wake up and do it all over again tomorrow.  

Our family couldn't make it on this journey without you, your prayers, encouragement has meant the world to us.  We kept telling our kids today, that they are never alone and that there are people all over the world praying for them.  We felt it, they felt it.  Thank you.