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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Onward and eastward

This post has been a long time in planning, but I am finally prepared to announce our plan. As of December 29th, we will be moving. We are done dealing with Miss Kat's school, and their low expectations. There is a fight here that needs to happen, to change the education of deaf children in Utah, but Miss Kat's education can not come second. Perhaps, someday, when she is grown and fighting her own battles, I can return, and help change things for the next generation. But, right now, her needs must come first. We look forward to the opportunity to work with truly skilled and dedicated professionals in an environment that will allow Miss Kat to thrive.

As we are leaving, I would like to thank a few people who really have been amazing in our lives. These professionals have been amazing, and have been a great support to Miss Kat.

Miss Aimee- What can I possibly say about you? I believe you are the single best Teacher of the Deaf working today. You helped Miss Kat develop a love of learning that will take her far in life. You are amazing, and we are thankful for everything you have done for Miss Kat and all the Deaf children and their families you have worked with. Thank you again.

Cache- I could not respect you more. I believe you are a true professional with a real passion. I am so thankful that you went to the mat for us and helped Miss Kat get her implants. I know that without you, she would not be where she is today. Thank you for your dedication and skill. (We are terrified that we will never find someone who can match up to you!)

Susan- You have been with us, right from the start! You have helped us on every step of this journey. You supported us when we chose ASL and then when Miss Kat's spoken language exploded, you helped us encourage that as well. If we had more professionals like you....the world would be so different.

Thank you so much to these people, you have made a difference in my child's life, and the lives of so many other deaf children. I wish you nothing but the best for the future.

So, we packing, and getting ready. Miss Kat is excited, and we are prepared to start the next part of this journey.


Karen Mayes said...

I am assuming you are moving to St. Louis :-) If so, you will LOVE St. Louis... it's a very rich, multicultural, vibrant city.

Best luck to your family's new chapter...

leah said...

Welcome to the eastern side of the country! It will be a big change, and a really good change, too!

I hope your move goes smoothly, and that you settle in quickly!

AliciaD said...

I hope the move goes smoothly, I'm sure it will be for the better.

I'm curious where you're moving to - but maybe you don't want to say and that's alright. Good luck! :)

Dianrez said...

It isn't easy to move, no matter what the reason, but for the education of a child one has to put all else secondary including jobs. In this uncertain climate, it's terrifying.

Many have gone this route before and it worked out for the best. You'll all be fine with your determination to make it work.

Karen Putz said...

Wishing you the best on this new leg of the journey!

Mary said...

Welcome! Wish you could have been here for the Christmas program today! Miss Kat would have been up there singing Jingle Bells and dancing to the Grinch Song with the rest of them! I cry every year and this one was no exception!

It takes great courage and love to do what you are doing!

haddy2dogs said...

We moved when Haddy was 4 for almost the same reason (well, different philosophy but it isn't easy to find a tribe!).
I have total respect for you and please know the world will settle for you and it is the right thing to do. Our kids don't have critical (regardless of philosophy) and by moving we give them that.

Good Luck and Warm Holiday Wishes,