"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

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Always Better When Someone Holds Your Hand.....

Every morning Grace and Bella get dropped off for "other school" (as they call it). It is really our neighborhood school's community learning center (CLC)--a place for ALL children to go for fun, activities, field trips, and play before and after school....and from 8:00 to noon during the summer. This is what we have always utilized for Grace, and now Bella too, for extended school year. Extended school year is for children with special needs that require additional schooling during the summer. The rule of thumb the special educators use is if the student regresses over longer breaks such as over Christmas break, summer, etc., then the student can participate in the extended school year program. Apparently, Grace and Bella have shown no regression during school breaks, so they do not qualify for extended school year. Personally, I love the CLC program....the inclusion, the languge models, AND they also get lunch & breakfast which is a big plus for mom in the summer. So each morning when dropped off for "other school", this is the sight you would see as the two sisters mosey into school.... It's always better when someone holds your hand, don't ya think?


  1. Oh Paula, I just LOVE this picture for so many reasons! :) Much love to your family!

  2. aaaww!! Adorable! (((HUGS)))

  3. Hi Paula,
    I tried to send you and email, but it didn't work. I have a friend from church who's daughter was just offered a job in Minot, ND. She asked me if I knew anyone from there. They are hoping to connect with a Christian family/ church before their daughter moves that far away. Would it be okay to put them in contact with you? If so, would you please send me your current email address? Mine is crawfordalice32@yahoo.com. Thanks.

    I hope you and your family are having a wonderful summer!

  4. Hi Grace and Bella

    My name is Jenna. You are a brave courageous fighter. you are a special miracle from god, a gift from above, earthly angel,and you are a smilen hero. You are full of happiness, life, smiles, joy, fun,love, and spunk.

    I was born with a rare life threatening disease, and have 14 other medical conditions, and developmental delays.

    I wrote this poem
    Each of us are Special
    Each of us different,
    No one is the same
    Each of are us are unique in our own way,
    Those of us who have challenges, we smile through our day.
    Those who of us who have challenges, we smile through our day.
    It doesn't matter what others say
    we are special anyway.
    What is forty feet and sings? the school chior

  5. Jenna, thank you for your beautiful sentiments and poem. You are an inspiration!