After Jake was born, just a few months after we were settled in, and we discovered the many services available here for him relating to his Down syndrome, I knew this was a big reason why this move felt right even in the face of my torn feelings. When Jake began kindergarten and got in to his charter school by a hair (they have a lottery to determine who gets to enroll each year; he was first on the waiting list after the drawing, and luckily for us, another family decided to not enroll and he got their place), it didn't take long to realize this was yet another confirmation that we were in the right place. His school is amazing, outstanding, a perfect fit for both Jake and Kennedy.
So when we decided to adopt Gabe, I took great comfort in the fact that he would be going to this school too. The teachers were completely on board with us and have been nothing but supportive and enthusiastic. They made preparations and plans for him before he was even home. We have absolutely struck gold when it comes to the people that have been put in our lives to help our children.
Anyway, I wasn't great at taking a lot of photos the first day of school because we were busy! I drove the kids that first week to make the transition a bit easier (for me, mostly :-). Gabe now rides the bus and does great on it. It makes me smile every morning to watch Kennedy help him up that first big step onto the bus. He's the tiniest kindergartener ever!
|"Me?! Me?! School?!" He just couldn't contain the excitement.|
|"Oh hey, you're my teacher huh? Nice to meet you!" |
Mrs. G meets Gabe and Jake each morning, making sure they get to the right places. She is also one of their amazing teachers. I tell you, we are incredibly blessed.
|The school gang. I guess I have a thing with plaid shorts.|
|Kennedy being the great big sister, as always. These boys don't know how lucky they are to have a big sister like Kennedy.|
|Gabe jumping up and down when he sees the buses in the distance. This kid LOVES the bus. I love the looks on the other kids' faces, "who IS this kid?!"|
|After I picked him up that first day. He was so tired! He has a nap every afternoon after he gets home from school now. It's been a nice routine coming home and having lunch together then reading a book and tucking him in.|
|Waiting for the bus the second week of school.|
|Of course he has to make a face (oh the naughty things his big brother is teaching him).|
|He gets the first seat behind the driver and knows just what to do now. |
We are just blessed.