I took Isabelle out the other night. For a drive.
The sun was setting and it was a beautiful night. I also wanted to get a few pictures of her, for fun. I’m still working on figuring out that back lighting thing and Isabelle is always game to be my
guinea pig model.
And we did have fun.
But the real reason I wanted to get some pictures of her was to celebrate where she is, right now.
Because there is so much to celebrate.
She did incredibly well in school this year. She began the year as a non-reader. As I’ve shared with y’all before, we had an IEP meeting in September that was oh-so-hard.
The principal looked me in the eye and – as kindly as she could – told me that if Isabelle didn’t begin to close the gap between where she was and where she needed to be, chances were she would never catch up.
She, as well as Isabelle’s teachers, felt that we should at least consider the possibility of medicating Isabelle to help her focus on her schoolwork.
It didn’t hurt me for me, or for our family – it hurt us for Isabelle. We adore and cherish her exactly the way she is. But to think of her always being behind, and always struggling to catch up, well… it was a moment of sorrow I’ll never forget.
We decided to take Isabelle to the doctor and get his opinion on the possibility of ADHD. And to find what he recommended to possibly help her with her ability to focus and recall. Basically, her schoolwork.
He asked me some questions. He asked her some questions. And he recommended a trial period of Vyv@nce.
Well, we researched it, prayed about it, talked about it, and prayed about it some more. We decided to give it a try.
And we started to see results.
By March she was really beginning to read.
And now, 9 months later, our girl is a bona fide reader. She started the year as a non-reader and now is reading at a level H. One level shy of being on-grade-level, y’all.
I could just pop.
Isabelle is pretty jazzed about it, too.
She got her long-anticipated fish for learning to read while I was in China. Unfortunately, “Orange” did not make it long enough to have his picture taken (do not buy fish at WalM@rt is what we learned from this). But Isabelle, thankfully, had her fill of being a fish-owner in the 7 days they had together.
But more than that, she’s really enjoying reading. She brings books to me all the time so I can listen to her read. And it’s music to my ears.
Can’t wait to see what next year brings for our girl.
For more fun with Friday Favorites, visit my friend Lisa’s blog, The Long Road to China.