By Lisa Desgrosellier
Valley Christian Mom Since 2013
It’s been seven years since we decided to invest in our daughter’s education and walk our first-grader down the hall to her classroom. We could hear Mrs. Taylor singing a hymn as we approached, and I remember thinking that we were doing the right thing for our daughter and family by choosing Valley Christian School.
We shopped around many private schools and, for us, the criteria we valued most in making our decision was the presence of the Holy Spirit we felt as we prayerfully explored and considered the school and faculty. We were not looking for a school that simply insulated our daughter from the secular influence of public school, but we were longing for an environment and staff who would come alongside us as parents to help our daughter grow and mature in her faith. Over the years, through the teaching and role-modeling at Valley Christian, my daughter has grown in her knowledge of the Bible and understanding of a Christian walk with God.
Jumping forward to this year, our daughter is in seventh grade, a time with a lot of changes in all areas of life, including spiritual. We as parents have been eager for our daughter’s faith to become her own and not just a reflection of our family’s values and perspective. This has been a point of discussion and focus within our family, and we have been delighted by what we have witnessed coming to life in our daughter as a result of her daily experiences at Valley Christian. It has and always will be our perspective that academic knowledge, although important, pales in comparison to having a solid foundation and personal relationship with God. We are so blessed to be a part of a school that provides both academic challenge and biblical guidance.
So, for the most part, in junior high, we don’t hold our kiddos’ hands and walk them down the hall to their classrooms anymore. It is reassuring and wonderful to know that as we watch them walk into the school building on their own that they will be nurtured, surrounded, trained up and prepared for the role God has for them in His Kingdom.
NOTE: A version of this article first appeared in the 2020 Liberty Lake Yearbook.