For me (Emily) I have been dreaming this dream for a long time! It started when I was in college. I was working at a really great school and loved so much about it. I knew that one day I would have a school of my own. I’ve been thinking about it and planning for it and working towards it every day since. A few years back while living in New Zealand I did a “Chazown” or “purpose” for my life assessment. It all completely revolved around being a Christ follower, Wife, and Mother first and foremost, but it also helped me know exactly what I was meant to do in this world. I wanted to move back and start the preschool right then! But of course God’s timing is perfect, and we are finally within arms reach of my dream. I am so thankful for my husband’s job, but every day that he gets up and leaves for work I hate being away from him. I’ve always told him that we were not meant to be away from each other for 40 hours a week, and on top of that I think we make a pretty good team.
As for Jered, I knew well before he did what his purpose was in this life. I tried to be patient, but I knew he was meant to teach children. He is phenomenal at it! Just as I was starting to lose faith in our preschool, he caught the dream, and big time! We have 2 ¼ acres and so much room to do everything we want (home, school, garden, green house, aquaponics. Natural play space, small farm and zip line!!) and are still perfectly located in Central Edmond.
Written by Jered Lawrenson
Emily has cared about early childhood education and preschool since I’ve known her. When we were first married, she knew that she would have an early childhood center in our home long before kids were even on our radar. Even while working at a preschool in Edmond, she knew there was a better way to not only teach kids, but also enable childhood and preschool to be fun again. When she was 9 months pregnant and cleaning multiple houses for a living, she would come home and we would talk about what her school was going to be. For everyone else this is a new preschool or a new adventure, but she has had some variation of our school in her mind since she was a child. It hasn’t always been Montessori, but it always included our own children, in a loving environment, that centered on PLAY and outdoor adventure! When we started working at Keystone Adventure School and Farm, she saw the beginnings of what her preschool philosophy was, but she was always trying to do things differently. She loves children, she loves teaching kids, and she loves watching kids find their way. She understands children and their motivations in a way that is different than mine and she never lets other peoples expectations cloud her foundational belief that kids can do so much more, if we just let them. I have never known a better mother and teacher, and I’m pumped that she can share that love to your kids.
Written by Emily Lawrenson
My husband is the most patient and forgiving person I have ever met. When we were dating and I was infatuated with him I never could have guessed just how amazing of a man and father he would become. Every day he helps me to become the person I want to be. He is exceptionally giving, honest, and kind. He is a wonderful example to our children and everyone around him of how to seek God. He strives every day to be more like Christ.
Anyone who knows my husband would tell you how good he is with kids. He is the baby whisperer in the church nursery and the guy all the toddlers and kiddos want to play with in the children’s church. He worked several years at a Christian children’s camp. He was a phenomenal PE teacher at a private school in college. He is a surprisingly good 3-year-old soccer coach. He is the guy at every family get together playing games in the back yard with the kiddos. He walks in the room and children flock to him. I am proud to be his wife and our kids are proud to be his children.