Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Young Warrior

A couple weeks ago I went on a field trip with my son Evan's 5th grade class. As you can see below, he is the only boy in a class of 7. In the beginning I wasn't sure how this would work out but he went from being lonely, nervous, and combative to being happy and excited to go to school.

Making friends was never easy for him. Well, actually, when he let himself, he made friends pretty easy. But fear ruled his heart early on in life. And making a friend meant the possibility of losing a friend. We prayed, and consulted counsel, and prayed more. He had always been a nervous child. At age one he was hyper-aware of EVERYTHING. Anxious attachment. Never wanted me out of his sight. Controlling. Even at one.

But I did see glimpses of healing, little by little.

When he first came home I spent 2 years, every Sunday, in the church nursery, just so that primal memory trigger of being abandoned would not rear it's ugly head. I fed him bottles much longer than I would have if he had been born from my womb, and I held him close to my body making sure to make eye contact. Eye contact was, and still is difficult for him.

The past 10 years has been a journey for us all. This story is theirs to tell one day. Evan is definitely an over-comer. And lately, I've watched him fall in love with learning. Growing in grace and knowledge of his potential in Christ! He can "see" he is good at something and it has built confidence. 

His current class has been an answer to prayer. These kids are the BEST! and I'm so glad to see Evan thriving.

So as we walked the streets of old city Philadelphia, I couldn't help but think this...

...To take hold of trust, is to let go of fear. You can't have both. One or he other will rule in your heart.

And when the road to liberty is difficult, the battle won becomes that much sweeter.

My Young Warrior is my hero. I'm so proud of him.

Enjoy the photos of Philly!
Washington Square was once used as a "potters field" in the 1800's

Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

Below is the Betsy Ross House

There were names and occupations of patriots on the ground outside of the information center... What exactly is a "gentleman" occupation haha. 

Great Day!

1 comment:

Kathy Cassel said...

I'm glad the class is so open to him. Sometimes that is not the case and a child is harmed worse. So good to see him blossom.