Back to School...Sort of

Well, here we are, the end of September, and I haven't put up any back to school photos of my kids!  Of course, they only started on September 14th, so I'm not too behind, I suppose.

Ben is really feeling sad and left out.
He insisted on wearing a backpack but he knows he's not going anywhere...

Max with his wonderful teacher, Betsy, at Redland Montessori in Oregon City.  He started there in April last year.

 Meanwhile, in Gladstone, here's Ruby at her desk in kindergarten!!! How on earth do I have a kindergartener already?

Ben, in front of Ruby's school
 So now it's just Ben and me in the mornings 4 days a week, doing light housework ;)

Packing up the box fans for the season...

Allen's back to school for Year 3 of his carpentry apprenticeship on Monday nights.  

The title says, "sort of."  Here's why: I just received a message that due to a lack of enrollment, Redland Montessori will have to shut its doors.  I am sad that Max will not be able to continue there, but I'm glad he did have some time there to learn and grow, and I completely understand that Betsy is doing the best thing for her family even though it must be so hard for her.  It reminds me of the very difficult decision I made to leave MRA mid-year not long after Ben was born.  God knows how I ached from that.  We have loved our time with Betsy at her school.  

Now what? I don't know.  For now, homeschool-preschool while we investigate Headstart or St. John the Apostle's preschool.  But you can pray for me, because of my three kids, Max is definitely the one I would NOT have considered the ideal homeschool candidate.  He's smart as a whip, so I'm not worried about him academically, but he and his mama do tend to butt heads over just about everything.  Well, well, we shall see.  As they say, more shall be revealed...and of course, I'll keep you posted.  ;)


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