High school is such a scary time of life, when my children will explore this world outside of my protection sometimes, as they find their place and decide how they will live out their unique calling from God.
At times I grieve that loss of that "safe control"....as I was always able to make sure that their souls were protected and surrounded in purity at all times (well, most of the time). I know that as my little ones grow, it is my job to LET them safely spread their delicate wings and learn to fly all on their own. For they are only our children for a little while, gifted to Jeremy and I, to raise and lead back home to their Heavenly Father.
As a mommy (and Daddy too) I am in constant discernment over what to allow into their lives and what to keep out, as my little ones strengthen in character and holyness. Sometimes, I just can't hear my Precious Lord's Gentle Whisper, with all of the noise of this world (something that I am constantly working on). Sometimes, I just have to pray that the decision I've made (in whatever the situation might be) is the decision that He would have desired for their souls, as I beg to Him out of Mercy, that if I am mistaken (which, I am sure happens often) that He will guard their hearts from whatever it is that I have allowed to endanger them.
OKAY.....BACK TO HIGH SCHOOL
Our Lord so kindly took the decision to put the children back into school out of my hands, which as He knows me so well, I would have forever fretted over....probably driving both myself and my sweet husband insane!!
Madison loves high school....(going back to my fervent discernment of how to guide our children as they grow) and she could not think of a better place to be everyday. She absolutely LOVES her school.....her friends....her teachers, and all that Faustina has to offer. Nobody believes me when I tell stories of my shy little first born, who cried at the thought of ever having to leave my side. She has truly transformed into a beautiful butterfly, who is both outgoing and funny....she gained so much confidence through our years together, homeschooling
(these are some "selfies" Madi took with her friends...these are such a fun group of truly great kids...they have bonded so much and have such a great time together, just being teenagers)
She has been gifted the entire "high school experience" with faithful Catholic like-minded teachers and families. As Jeremy and I have journeyed through parenthood, we see this as a wonderful advantage! All 3 of our 4 children (of course baby Isaac is not old enough for school yet) are currently building a strong foundation in both character and education, all wrapped up in a beautiful Christ-Centered bow, that we just know, delights our Lord Jesus.
SAVANNAH AND NICHOLAS
Not to leave out the other 2 children in school, at Faustina as well. Nicholas and Savannah love their new teachers and of course, it goes without saying that they love their new friends too.
(Savannah with her friends in the backseat of my car....girls are so funny)
We love going to Friday night football games and watching Madi cheer the Falcons on (from the sidelines) as Nicholas and Savannah run around with THEIR school friends, playing their own game of football behind the bleachers with all of the other siblings.
After the games, it is off to Braums (a Faustina family tradition) for ice cream.....and boy, with all of our big Catholic families, we can sure fill up a "small town Braums"....and by the way, I love every bit of that last sentence.
These families inspire us and build us up in our faith, as well as make us laugh and entertain us as we sit around and visit. I love our Faustina family friends and pray that our Lord is giving our family something to bring to the table that might inspire them as well.