Friday, January 8, 2016

Graduation is Coming!

I wanted to take a minute and brag about my oldest. He headed back to college this morning and we are so proud of the young man he has become. He went to Belmont Abbey with no college credits and will be graduating a 4 year program in 3 years! He's worked several jobs and managed to graduate in 3 years.  He's heading back today to attend training to be a resident assistant this semester. He also works at Food Lion and works for the Carolina Panthers. He loves working for the Panthers! Given how much he loves football, this is the PERFECT job for him. #KeepPounding

God is good. I give Him the credit. We homeschooled Matthew his entire life-he never attended traditional school-- but his graduating in 3 years is a testament to what God can do! With all the medical "stuff" my youngest two had growing up, I know that it was God who made up for where we were lacking in our homeschool. We used Seton Home Study School for our curriculum and we can't say enough wonderful things about it.

As he headed out the door today, I asked God to protect Him as he travels and is away at school this last semester. I also thanked God for the amazing young man he has become. Pro-life, practicing his faith - never misses church on Sunday or Holy days and he's a conservative. If you've read my blogs, you know that he has always been active in the pro-life movement -- and this continues. His fiancee is working at Room at the Inn of the Triad, a place where Matthew served on the board of Trustees from the age of 16 until he was 20! Yes, as 16, he served on the board of trustees of a nonprofit.

As I look back, I remember the day he bought his first car. Used, like his mom and dad buy <smile>. He held that pink title in his hands and said to us, "I can't believe I own this!" He saved his money and we gave him a little cash as a graduation gift. He spent $3,000 and bought the car he's had these past 3 years. His dad helps him fix it on breaks (Another requirement for the boys in our house-auto repair classes) and he's managed to keep it running.

I remember the day he decided to start Triad Students for Life. He set up the entire organization, he and his friends elected officers and they proceeded to pray once a month at clinics and managed to raise enough money to take an entire busload of people to the March for Life one year. It was amazing- we had people from our town we'd never met get on that bus. Several had never been because they couldn't afford the trip, and here these kids had raised the money, planned the trip, scheduled the bus and filled it with pro-lifers. They didn't charge these folks a penny- made sure people brought their own for, food money and snacks for the trip.

It seems like just yesterday that he was a little boy throwing sticks in the yard. He graduates in May and gets married in June. I'm looking forward to seeing where God takes him........ We are blessed. We serve an amazing God who truly made up for our shortcomings. We did the best we could parenting and homeschooling, but God is the one to whom we give the credit.

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