In true Autumn fashion, before coming downstairs, she was sitting in bed employing the reading skills she's learned thus far, and I think she surprised herself by being able to read some of the words. This encouraged her, and as a fiercely independent thinker who insists on tackling jobs on HER time schedule, she realized she could actually read.
Now, lest you think she came down and provided a flawless reading, I'll admit I did have to help her with some words, especially words that are 'sight' words, or words we haven't learned yet. But the point is, she's reading, and this home schooling mom is ecstatic. I've been praying the Lord would allow me to be patient with Autumn, and give her the motivation to begin reading. And I know it's not a coincidence that she's jumping into reading. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer.