There are many people in my life that inspire me, and today I want to highlight one such person. I usually don't blog about my kids... I try to respect their privacy... All three of my kids are SO AWESOME and unique, but my youngest gave me permission to blog about her today.
Lexi is my baby, and she recently turned 15. She inspires me because she has an incredible 'can do' spirit, is an extremely hard worker, and never, ever, gives up.
Lexi has some pretty significant learning issues. As a mom, I noticed it when she was about 2 yrs. old. I knew she wasn't learning and doing stuff "on schedule." I put this on the back burner of my mind, but I just knew in my gut that we would someday face an uphill battle when she started school. Mind you, this wasn't obvious to anyone
Let me just say, we have done it all... Private Christian schools, homeschool, Charter schools, the works. Each of these places had great challenges. She's been through lots of testing, lots of tutoring... you name it, we've done it. She and I could seriously write a book about her experiences. We finally settled in a public charter school for her middle school years, and it was the first place she felt accepted for who she was. She thrived there, but her absolute goal was to go to "regular" school, with no extra help, and no labels.
All this to say... yesterday she had her first day in our local high school. She is going in there with no extra help, and even got put in Honors History, because all the other classes were full. This did NOT deter her in any way... she is always ready for any challenge. Because of all she's been through, she has great empathy for struggling kids. Not long ago, some kids at church were making fun of another student because she was 'different'. Lexi really let them have it. I was so proud of her. She will approach anyone with a smile, regardless of race, religion, economic status, or disabilities.
So here's to my brave and beautiful daughter. She is willing to try anything once, and faces her challenges with sheer grit and determination. I want to be more like her.
Here are some snapshots of her in action.
Florida girl... teaching herself to skimboard.
On a mission trip with mom in Peru.
Skateboarding in action. She set up the camera herself!!!
New experiences in Japan!
So Lexi, good luck in your new endeavor. I know you'll do great!
Thanks for reading...