"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Goodness "Grace"ious....!!!

Grace had a fantastic school year! Her little report cards tells a wonderful story--she continued to improve throughout the year and ended with the highest marks in the 4th quarter! Way to finish strong, Grace!

Grace spent a about half of her school day in the regular 2nd grade classroom. Her regular ed teacher was "Johnson" (Grace calls everyone by their last names only.) And, every morning, Johnson would do the "I'm watching you signal", using her first two fingers in a V pointing at her eyes and then to Grace's. Then, Grace would do it back at Johnson!

Mrs. Johnson did a fabulous job of including Grace in the class. For instance, she told us that when it was time for a math game with flash cards, she would have Grace hold the card out for the child to give the answer. If it was a boy and he got the answer right, he would get to take the card from Grace, who would then pat him on the back and say "Good job, Mister!" And, if it was a girl who got the answer right, Grace would hand her the flash card and say, "Good job, Toots!" What a hoot!

Here's an email note we got from Johnson on the last day: "Hi Paula, I just want to say thanks for sharing your wonderful daughter with me this year. I can't tell you enough how much I enjoyed having Grace in my classroom. The morning hugs and the Johnson, I'm watching you signal always started my days out great! I'm sure going to miss her! Have a great summer! Stacy aka "Johnson"

And to finish it off, here's a video clip that her wonderful spec ed teacher, Christianson, took of Grace reading. This is a huge encouragement to me, as I have not heard her read yet. She won't read for anyone but Christianson, not even Johnson!


  1. Great Job, Grace,

    Papa & Grandma

  2. That's fantastic! I hope the doctors who told you that Grace would probably be limited in her skills and most likely never read can watch this as a testimony to how UNlimited our God is! Such a great encouragement... thanks for sharing - and way to go Grace!

  3. Gracie you rock! Great job on reading! You should keep on reading out loud, you are sooo smart! Hugs!

    Hey Paula & Kevin, God knew what he was doing when he gave you Grace to raise. You are doing the best job with her and thank you for sharing your posts. This one made me cry when I watched her read! You should be very proud! P.S. Bella is going to be home soon, remember positive thinking! :) God has a plan.

  4. Wow! What a great job with your reading! We are so proud of you! :-)

  5. Bravo, Grace!!! Great job reading! Your mom and all of us are proud of you!

  6. Grace! You are an amazing little girl! What a great job you did reading us your book! Hugs, Linda from RR

  7. I loved reading this post and found it very encouraging! Great job Grace!