Friday, April 16, 2010
Our oldest will turn 20 in May and we are so proud of him for starting college this past week. There is a story behind all of this to prove what a big deal it is. Travis started school like any other little kid but as the years rolled by his teachers and us as parents realized that there was some learning issues. By 4th grade he was diagnosed with ADD and struggling, by 7th grade he was held back a year when we moved to another city. Once he reached high school there was just not getting around the fact that he didn't try anymore. He had struggled for so long with no results that he didn't care anymore. I started homeschooling our daughter when she was in 2nd and he was in 9th grade. Many times I asked him if he would like to come home but always got a no. In the 11th grade he finally came home and I learned just how far behind he was. At the end of his 11th grade year he turned 18 and made the decision he did not want to finish his Senior Year, instead he wanted to work. I turned it over to God and knew that someday everything would work out. He has always had a great work ethic. Worked at a pizza joint his sophomore and junior year of high school. Then when he turned 18 got his first adult job at a window and door company working full time and is still there almost two years later. About 8 months ago he decided on his own that he needed to get his GED, studied on his own and passed the first time. Then three months ago decided he wanted to go to college, took the placement tests and passed them on the first try. Now has started two night college classes while still working full time. He wants a degree in Computer Networking, right now a diploma program but hoping to transfer it into a two year or four year degree. This is a big deal for our family. I am so proud of him. All it took was stepping back and letting God work and not pushing the school issue with him. He had to mature and find out that he wanted it on his own.