A Brave Hero’s First Day of School

Wednesday was Parker’s first official day of school.

Well, kinda.

He arrived at 10:30 and left at 11:30.  Yup.  One entire hour.  Considering Parker’s health, I think that’s pretty remarkable…..for me that is.  (ahem)

We did all the usual first day of school stuff:


The Traditional First Day of School in front of our front door picture.  Parker was less than impressed.


But once Parker got to his classroom, he hopped right up into his seat and began his assignments.  It was as if he had been going to school from the beginning.

I’m PROUD to say that Parker’s classroom is a small groups class.  It is a classroom where all the students have some type of special need.  It’s not a babysitting situation.  Parker’s teacher works with her students and gets results.

A typical classroom for Parker right now would not be in his best interests. Parker’s educational timeline is uniquely his own, with progress being made in his sight words, math, and alphabet review and signing skills.

This isn’t to say that Parker will be going to school on a daily basis.  His health won’t allow that.  However, during the less ‘sick’ months, when Parker’s health allows, I’m planning on taking him in a few hours a week.  We’ll still homeschool, but it’s time for this beautiful kid of mine to have some experiences that take place outside these four walls.

We’ve finally set the date for our yard sale. May 19th. My entire neighborhood is pitching in and we are humbled and grateful for their support.

I turned in the paperwork to ‘legally’ register our yard sale with the State of Utah. Part of the requirements included a letter from Parker’s Pedi. In part her letter reads:

This (yard sale) is a genuine effort on the part of Parker’s parents to be self reliant and avoid unnecessarily burdening family, friends, and the State of Utah.

Reed and I work hard to be as self reliant as we possibly can. We garden. I cook from scratch, buy in bulk and coupon. I dehydrate and can. We purchase second hand and …..simply go without. You know what? It’s a lifestyle we have come to love. It’s a life changing blessing that I am happier for having discovered.

It’s a leap of faith that requires me to build my faith as I trust more and more in my Father in Heaven.

As I’ve gone through my own stuff to add to our yard sale offerings, my family has made comments such as…..”you sure you want to sell that…..and that?” Yup. I do. Parker needs a long term generator and I need less stuff to stress over and keep clean.

It’s a total win-win.

Life is good here at Parker’s house.

This year we are adding raspberry canes and 24 new strawberry plants to our ‘self sufficient’ arsenal. With the cost of food going UP, growing as much as we can ourselves simply makes sense.

How about where you live?

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. We have 4 chickens that we get our eggs from. We grow veggies and herbs. I bought all the canning supplies. We do what we have to, ya know? (sending you lots of love and hugs and extra prayers for an awesome yard sale!)
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  2. How wonderful – such a milestone! So proud of you both. :)
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  3. School!! How exciting!

  4. Go Parker! I hope he love school as much as my youngest does!

  5. Just wish I was there to provide some company, and the Iced Tea. What fun we would have, eh? I love, love, love me a great yard sale, and I suspect this one will be amazing!
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  6. Your sending Parky to school? I’m so proud of you! What a big milestone for him AND you!
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  7. You must be positively beaming!!!! First day at school – – and what a cool set up!!!!
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  8. Congratulations, Parker!!!! This is so wonderful!!!!!
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  9. That is so exciting!!!

  10. You have to register your yard sale in Utah??
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  11. Oh wow— a milestone indeed. So proud of him and congrats to you all. Our older one starts Kindergarten in the fall… I am mortified. I can only imagine the excitement, angst, and pride you all felt.
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  12. Bonnye Kendall says:

    I stumbled upon your blog through your recipe for crockpot beans. Your story is inspiring. I teach fourth grade and am a mother. We lost our middle son in 98 at 26 weeks. Praying for your family…

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