Harder Family

Harder Family

Friday, August 25, 2017

New Adventures

Philippians 2:10-11 "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

After bringing the boys home, I quickly discovered that I needed some help in teaching them English. Although I have taught my kids grammar, spelling and basic English, there were some skills I did not have when teaching children who spoke another language. Two weeks ago, I started taking online classes to get my certificate in teaching ESL. The course is 120 hours and I have been cramming reading, taking notes, and completing homework into every "spare" hour I can find. I am almost finished with my 2nd module. I was told the first two modules are the most time intensive. I have been trying to get most of the work out of the way before our school year starts in 3 days!! The classes have been so interesting and I have learned so much! I am already utilizing what I learned in the classes with the boys every day. I'm excited to finish making some real lesson plans to help the boys progress in their language skills. 

Yesterday, Wayne and I got to take our first real date since the boys returned home. Wayne had a work function, an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River. I was able to drive downtown and meet him for the event. Afterward, we used gift cards from his birthday to have a special dinner alone (thank you Suzy and Linda for the Cooper's Hawk gift cards and to Eileen for watching the kids until Abigail got home!) I love spending time with this man!

This morning, I had to drive downtown again. Shan Chen had an appointment at the Shirley Ability Lab to get measurements done for his new leg. He did great and within the next one to two months, we will have a new leg for him. The new building for what used to be known as RIC, is amazing! I will forever be grateful to this rehab center. They not only helped Wayne recuperate from his brain surgery, they are now helping my son get the best leg he can so he can continue to make great improvement!

We recently finally took some time and did a few projects around the house. One project was our front door. We moved here 12 years ago and the first thing we did was get a new door. After 12 winters, our door was not looking too good. We decided to paint the front door to try to salvage it. I'm super excited how it turned out. 

Monday we start school. I'll be posting our "first day of school" pictures next week. Pray for us as we begin another school year. I am excited, but I also feel like I'm going to be a juggler trying to juggle so many different grades and levels. We are always so thankful for each of you that continue to pray for our family. 

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