I think I have set a new record for me - I haven't blogged in over a month! I know, I am surprised too. ;)
The main thing to catch up on is the state of Colt's school. We got the devastating news last Monday that they would be closing Siskin's East Brainerd center. I can tell you that there has been very little sleep happening in the Doolittle household over the past week and a half. There have been many tears shed on my part. I am sure the other 115 children and their parents are feeling the same heartbreak we are. Unless you have been there, worked there, or had a child there, I don't think I can make you understand the magic of this place. The politics behind it are a little questionable and I am not going to get into that on here. They did tell us that they are going to expand and make room for a few children at the downtown location of Siskin. The president told us they have enough room to expand and make MAYBE three more classrooms, allowing room for 36 of the 116 children at the most. I was devastated. I just knew that Colt would not be granted a spot. There are other children that need Siskin and their services more, I know this. However, I also know that not just anywhere will work for Colt. I don't mean that in a snotty way, I mean that in an I-know-my-son-can-be-difficult-and-sometimes-needs-more-help-than-others kind of way. My fear is that he will again "fall through the cracks," if you will.
Tuesday of this week, after I had (kind of) accepted that there is nothing we can do to reverse their decision to close, I began calling, calling, calling every single place I could think of to find another place for Colt. I had narrowed it down to 5 places that Ryan and I could tour and see what would be the best fit. There are some amazing places in this town, but I just couldn't shake the feeling that nothing will be Siskin. I was calling out to God for Him to show us the right place to send our son. I was being offered many prayers from friends for guidance and answers too. Thank you all for that.
Well, yesterday morning my phone rang. It was the director of the Siskin in East Brainerd. She said that COLT WAS BEING OFFERED A SPOT AT SISKIN DOWNTOWN. What?!?!? I never, ever would have seen that coming. I feel like we have been handed a precious gift and I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. Ha. Silly, I know. I called the downtown location and spoke with the director there. She was very helpful. I was afraid they would only hold the spot for a short amount of time because there is a waiting list a mile long. People put their babies on the list BEFORE THEY ARE BORN. Crazy, isn't it? And we are being offered a spot NOW. We do want to tour a few places so we know we are making the right decision, including that location. Anyway, the director told me that she would hold Colt's spot as long as we needed and that they will hold it until Siskin East Brainerd's very last day if Colt wanted to stay until his school closed. I love that so much. I love that he can stay with his precious teachers, his precious friends, and that we can take all the time we need making our decision. What a precious gift.
Anyway, our prayers have been heard and answered. We now have options - a few amazing places to check out and now we even have TIME to make the right decision. I truly feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
Thank you, God. Thank you, praying friends.