Friday, August 17, 2012

My Baby Boy Leaves for College Today

About to head out the door to take my baby boy to college, except he's all grown up! 

My eighteen-year-old son can lift heavy equipment, back-up a trailer, fix just about anything that's broken, produce a multi-media video, wire together anything that needs to be wired, spray paint it, draw it, stencil it, throw it, tackle it, fish for it, hunt it, and eat it! About the only thing not on his resume is cleaned his room everyday.

A few years back I  asked him if he had brushed his teeth, and he told me he just wiped them with a towel! Our dentist would be mortified. I embarrasingly forgot to teach him to brush his teeth (I wish I could say this was not a true story. I'm sure I hollered out, "brush your teeth,"— somewhere along the way, I forgot to inspect the process!), and by God's grace he has the whitest teeth in the house and has never had a cavity!

When we home-schooled, people would stop us as we trekked off to a doctor's appointment or in the grocery store with four kids in tow, and ask me, "Do you teach your kids at home? Aren't you worried about socialization?"(those who teach their children at home know we'd be rich for every nickel every time someone asked us this!)

One well-meaning neighbor couldn't resist asking me every time she saw me when I was putting my kids in school. Well, I needn't have worried! My son went on to play football in a public high school and became president of his senior class of over 500. Big smile on Mama's face! To God be the Glory! He deserves all the credit! 

As he was learning to read, he said, "I'll never learn to read!" But I believe late is better than early for close up work, especially with boys—and when he did start reading, he read everything in sight. One thing I know he loved reading—his acceptance letter below to his first choice college! To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

It's about time for us to leave, but I will leave you today with a favorite scripture that was on the bottom of Alex's announcement when his home-schooling years were complete, and wonderful for all of us to remember in whatever we face:

May I add two favorite scriptures below to all the moms (and we have a few dads, too!) who still have little ones at home, and the days seem so long at times---it passes so fast! Treasure each one in the season you are in, so you can live with no regrets!

"Teach us to number our days, 

    that we may gain a heart of wisdom."

~Psalm 90:12

"Let us not become weary in doing good, 

for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." 

~Galatians 6:9

Walk by faith, 

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