I truly and wholeheartedly thank each of you for your kind words of encouragement regarding Luke and Evie and, well, me. It is comforting to know your opinions, good or bad. I cherish being able to talk to you all from this tiny little blog and to hear your thoughts on each and every situation.
I put Evie's 16-page application in the mail to Child Study Center yesterday. (It required four stamps!) We will hold steady with our tutoring at home and move forward.
As for Luke, well, I'm going to do some more research. Someone suggested that we examine his diet. Another person suggested that we have him tested for ADD. And still others have suggested that he is simply bored in class. Whatever it is, I need to speak more with his teacher and examine our best options.
The greatest thing about this is the way our entire family, Lindsey included, has embraced the fact that these two children need to focus more heavily on their education. Trust me, we don't rule with an iron fist at our house, so don't be concerned that they are trussed up in chains and forced to chant the alphabet all day. But, instead, we are watching less (very little) television, and we are putting timers on the tasks that Luke has to finish so that he learns time management. Evie has a letter of the day. Yesterday's letter on Sesame Street was Z. Evie and Lindsey talked about that letter all day long and we asked Evie to tell us about it when we got home.
So, all our efforts are in full gear and hopefully, we'll see progress and receive more information from teachers and consultants in the near future.
Again, thank you to each of you. Every response brought sweet tears to my eyes, simply knowing that you all care enough to post comments and to encourage our family.