An Answer to Prayer
by Lyndsay Rutherford, Pisgah Parent
What a small world! I grew up in Birmingham and attended Briarwood K-12...loved every minute. Our Head Football Coach and Bible teacher Mike Forester taught one of my Bible classes at Briarwood, and he coached my brother in football. Seeing him coaching football at Mount Pisgah was icing on the cake for what has already been a nostalgic experience. We are so thankful to be at Mount Pisgah, and the Pisgah family is an answer to prayer!
My husband Jeff and I have lived in Alpharetta since we got married nine years ago, and even before we had children I would say, "I wish we could be near Briarwood. I SO wish our children could have what I did growing up." Once we had children, that longing intensified. It seems like so many of the private schools in Atlanta are a different breed altogether - too large, too "intense", etc. Very different from what I grew up with. Maybe my experience was unique (my husband jokes that I am the only person on Earth who loved school that much!), but I deeply treasure the memory of standing at graduation beside friends I had known since kindergarten and teachers who had poured their lives into mine. There was an intangible undercurrent of "family" at Briarwood that set the bar so high when it came to where Jeff and I would put our own children in school. I worked hard to temper my expectations and be at peace with the options God had placed before us...and then we went to the Pisgah open house. Halfway through the presentation, I had tears in my eyes. I felt like I was home! Jeff just chuckled at me that day, but he felt it too. God is so gracious. Our son just started in Miss Cathy's two day twos class, and we took him to the tailgate party and scrimmage. As we were riding on the shuttle bus listening to the excited chatter all around us, Jeff turned to me with a smile and asked, "Is this what it was like for you? Everybody knows everybody, like a big family?" We hadn't even made it to the PAC yet, and he already sensed it. Tears in my eyes again!
In leading us to Mount Pisgah, God has granted a deep desire of my heart. I am so thankful to walk my son through the doors of that building knowing he will be loved and cared for not only by his teacher but by an entire school family committed to the vision of building community. What a blessing!