I have to write some words about my beautiful daughter. I’m so proud of her! We have been praying for her, that God’s will be done. She was offered a job at her school as a teacher’s aide for a boy with severe autism. Since she doesn’t have a college degree she had to take a test to be approved. Then she has to take a course to be certified as an aide for disabled children. (I hope I’m saying all this right!) She went through the test with flying colors!
I remember when she was a young girl, after a service in Fort Lauderdale, when she told me the Lord had called her to work with less privileged children. I’ve never forgotten that. She’s always been so good with children, working in Day Cares and then taking care of her own 4 children. Her oldest, David, has Aspergers, a form of autism. It was difficult before she had the diagnosis; but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy now. I’ve seen some of the challenges first-hand.
To work in the school system is very low-paying. I pay much better! To get into this line of work is a calling! I’m so happy she can be a blessing to the boy she is taking care of. If you are not familiar with autism, look is up here on-line.
Some new things have been put in place in the school system. They are giving children in Kindergarten, Third grade and Fifth grade special testing to see if they can be moved up to the next grade. On my birthday David called me and asked for prayer. I didn’t know about all this. He just said he had a test. I wanted to pray over the phone but he said I could pray in bed later. I convinced my most precious boy in the entire world that we could pray over the phone, and we did. Later I found out about this testing. Brianna and Sarah will also have tests. That day my heart did a double beat. I was so happy to pray with my boy.
I don’t understand my life these days. I am so busy I have to stop and make sure I breathe (just kidding!). I do breathed, but am very busy. Let me share some of the mayor projects I have going on right now:
- Daniel and his friends, 7 Spanish lessons almost completed.
- Daniel and his friends, 7 English lessons to edit and ad all the components
- Paco from South America, a chapter story for children
- The Gospel of Power, 5 lessons in English to edit
- Faith Adventures with Moses and Joshua to edit and typeset with all components, 20 lessons Spanish and English
- Year of the Home, an article every week (takes about 6 hours)
- Weekly story for children with Bible activity
- Bible studies on Jesus, 20 lessons
You get the picture, right? No wonder I’ve had to cut down on writing blogs. Add to this that I’m slowing down. I just don’t work as fast as before. I think it must be a fact of life that with the years going by you slow down. That part I don’t like!
I am surrounded by projects. I have hired someone to help me get every project organized by steps and people and dead-lines and… When we’re done I will have a clearer picture.
Next week I have to slow down. The kids have Spring break and I’m going to spend it with them. My assistant Cristina will be back at her desk so I have to keep her busy, and the story and the article have to go on. But in between these things I’ll be with the kids. I haven’t seen them since Christmas!
Tomorrow I have a meeting with my “organizer”! This is such an answer to prayer. Everything is an answer to prayer. I have twelve people working with me. Half are volunteers and the others I pay. See what I mean? I’m just a retired “old” lady (if I didn’t know my age I would be 20) living on my pension and freelance work. I’m writing this as a testimony. It’s such a miracle! God’s mathematics is different than ours! When we put minus signs he puts exes for multiplication.
The latest news in our extended family is the arrival of my nephew Lukas (Luke). Now dad and his wife have 30 great-grandchildren. What a blessing! They have 19 grandchildren.
Back to my daughter. She was so kind and helpful when her sister lived. If you have read my blogs for some time you know she had cystic fibrosis. When her sister died, of course she missed her, but she said, “Now I can live my life.” That was true. She was very involved in her sister’s life. Now she could concentrate on herself for a change. A year later she got married and started her own family.
Sunday I got very deep into studying about Moses, for the lessons that are in the making. I will be writing about this, I’m sure, because it is so interesting to see all the “faith adventures” he had. This is the man with whom God would speak face to face!
Let me put a stop here. I could go on and on… I praise God for my daughter. My siblings have larger families. I wanted to have a big family, but that was not granted me. How I praise God that I have my Carina and my grandchildren.
Let me end with the story David sent me for my birthday.
Hi Mrs. Lundquist (that is what he calls me).
I’d like to write a story. Once upon a time there was a princess. She lived happily ever after. The end.
Did you like the story? I did.
I love his attitude. He liked what he did! I think he takes after his grandmother! I like what I’m doing. I’m busy, busy. But busy with something I like.
Sarah, David’s little sister, and the love of my life (can’t help it. She’s the “baby” and we all love her to pieces) wrote a much shorter story:
Sarah to Mormor (grandmother i Swedish). You are the best. The end.
That’s one of the shortest stories, but one that can last forever. To be called “the best” is overwhelming. Especially when it comes from the heart of a child.
It seems like I’m having a hard time wrapping up things. Maybe I should do like the kids, just put “the end” and finish.
Okay, I am getting to the end but I have to mention the card, “As special as grandmothers get… that’s you!” I’m sure my daughter picked the card. And everybody signed it. I love it and how I love those who signed it!
Now you know a little more about me, my family, and some of my projects.