I told Charlie that one test doesn't define who he is as a student...that Mommy wasn't upset that he didn't pass...that life would go on and it was going to be just fine. I hugged him close to me and felt him breath a huge sigh of relief. I think he was scared to death for me to see his scores. I am so grateful to God that when I saw them, I didn't freak out or panic...that I didn't get onto him...that God gave me the words to say to my worried son.
I had Ric call up to the school to see what we needed to do about him retaking the test. Ric spoke with the principal and she proceeded to tell Ric that Charlie had great scores...that there had to be some kind of mix up. After some investigating she realized that they must have written someone elses scores down on Charlie's paper. Ric wrote his correct scores down and came in the kitchen and said "Charlie you are never gonna believe what happened. He told us the story and we looked at his new scores...They were FANTASTIC!!! I laughed and we high fived each other and we were so excited!!! Charlie was grinning from ear to ear!
After much celebrating, I went back to preparing dinner and prayed a silent prayer of thanksgiving. Not just for the test scores...to be honest, they never really mattered. I thanked Him that I held my tongue...that I was cautious with my words with my son...that I made sure that he knew that I loved him no matter what a test score said...that I didn't get mad at him(because if I'm being honest, I have reacted that way many a time)...that my son felt safe in my arms. It was all God for sure, because if left up to me...I may have gotten upset. It was all God for sure, because if left up to me....I may have yelled. It was all God for sure, because if left up to me...I would have failed my test...as a mother. Thank you Lord for your intervention...what you are teaching me daily...the conviction you have placed in my life in the last two weeks. God you are good and your mercies endure forever!!!
So I celebrate....in passed or failed tests...because we all learned something today. Just because a circumstance in our life doesn't quite go the way we want that we just take a deep breath...trust that it's gonna be ok...and that we know that one failure doesn't have to define who we are!!
They have to get 800 to meet the performance expectations and 850 to exceed.
Before After we talked to the principal
Social Studies: 804
These pictures were my kids goofing around at a photo shoot I had at church...they crack me up!!