by jessica duncan
My daughter Avery (age 4) and I love Ridge Kids!
At only 4 years old, she has had to deal with so much change and craziness in her life that I thought it would be impossible for me to help her cope. She lost her daddy 8 months ago, which rocked both of our worlds. I had to explain to her every day that her daddy would not be coming home. At only 4 years old, you can imagine, she could not understand.
I tried reading her books about heaven, but she had never even heard of heaven before. I beat myself up because I hadn’t even told her about Jesus. As soon as I was able to get the energy to make it out of the house, we went to the Ridge one Sunday and have been there ever since.
Avery came out of her first class in love with her teacher and telling me all about Jesus. It was very hard for me to talk to her about God, because honestly, I was still a little mad at Him, but I didn’t want her to be. The teachers there have helped me break the ice in talking to Avery about Jesus. She is learning so much, and she is learning in a way that she can understand.
She is putting the pieces together in her own time in a way that she can understand. She now knows that God loves her and loved her daddy. She knows that her daddy is in Heaven with Jesus and that Heaven is an amazing place.
The excitement that the teachers at the Ridge have towards teaching the kids about Jesus makes Avery excited to tell me and everyone we know about Jesus. This excitement and childlike view of the world has also helped me cope. The simple lessons that Avery is learning at Ridge Kids are good reminders for me as well.
I am so thankful for Ridge Kids and the love and support they have shown to us.