Graduate Revealed

An unusual, but sweet senior year, culminated this month for our second born, Wilson Isaiah Reidt.
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He agreed to launch out with us on our adventure to Idaho last May. Knowing full well that this transition would be difficult, being his senior year in high school, we tried to accommodate his dreams and desires as much as possible, but he still had to continually view this year as an opportunity, and not focus on all he left behind. After 12 years of Christian school attendance, with one crazy year of homeschool smack in the middle, he had to adjust to a new way of schooling.  We know that school was more than books, a diploma, or class attendance to Wil, as it is to most kids.  It’s friends, sports, being known somewhere other than at home.  This was the adjustment that proved to be difficult.  The academic side of  things was easy, the emotional, not so much. Only once do I recall him expressing the difficulty of this change. He quickly recovered and dove into, what he calls, “his head start in life and escape from high school early.”    He is always looking at the positive.

Here are some highlights of his year.

Wilson enrolled in NW Christian's distance learning program to complete his one credit needed and attain a diploma.  They also gave him the opportunity to play varsity soccer and be awarded "most valuable player."  We are so thankful for NW Christian in Spokane.

Wilson enrolled in NW Christian’s distance learning program to complete his one credit needed and attain a diploma. They also gave him the opportunity to play varsity soccer and be awarded “most valuable player.” We are so thankful for NW Christian in Spokane.

Time spent outdoors learning new hobbies, like quad riding and golf.

Time spent outdoors learning new hobbies, like quad riding and snowboarding.

Golf practice at The Wolf Lodge.

New found love of golf. Many spring evenings of practice at The Wolf Lodge.

Every evening, Wilson found his way to his computer where he and Nicole, talked about the day and built relationally over a great distance. He took several trips home to see her in real life too.

Every evening, Wilson found his way to his computer where he and sweetheart, Nicole, talked about the day and built relationally over a great distance. He took several trips home to see her in real life too.

Wilson peeking out the door of his first house he bought through Reidt Construction, his house flipping business.

Wilson peeking out the door of his first house he bought through Reidt Construction, his house flipping business.

A happy graduation puppy from uncle Mike.

A happy graduation puppy from uncle Mike.

We are so very proud of you Wilson. You have grown into a man of much character and strength.  Attached is a link to watch the slide show we showed at Wilson’s graduation that was shared with a long time friend, Mitch Byland and cousin, Sarah Wilson, who found themselves in unique educational adventures this year as well.  Enjoy!

2014 Graduate’s slide show

May all the 2014 graduates find their place in serving Christ; may that be their goal, above any career or self pursuit.  God is doing something in the hearts of the coming generations.  So to you we say, “Go with God!”

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Educational Dilemma

A reoccurring theme coming across my phone line this spring is, “what should I do to school my kids next year.” I too am pondering this. Recently I read Called Home by Karen DeBeus and Going Public by David Pritchard. These are both excellent books on standing firm and growing in the educational track God has you on. They carry different opinions, you can figure that out by the titles, but both are filled with nuggets that make one think and yet are easy to read.
One truth I gleaned from Karen DeBeus is to really bathe your educational decision in prayer. I am fully aware that my tendency is to throw up prayers out of confusion or in asking God to bless the plans I’ve already made. DeBeus encourages us to drop the planning for a period of time and go back to a blank slate asking God what his plans are. Pray, I and then wait on the answer; simple truth, but often neglected.
The other truth that resonates in my being is to take steps of action, ignoring fear that will get in the way. The concerns that turn into fear, are not something that we should make decisions by. We are often called out of the boat to walk on water. God’s love for our families and His promise that He will not leave us through the process, will sustain us when our circumstances are adverse.
This very familiar verse pretty much reminds us, He has a particular plan for each of our kids, ask God what it is, and He will answer. Now there’s a promise to hang on to.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)

Next post…an example of God’s faithful plan to see one through a unique educational situation.