Oh how I never thought this post would come.
Some of you know that we drive a fair distance to get Will to school. And, truly, the drive has never really bothered us. But, with the addition of numero cinco bambino come October, we decided to take some serious stock in the whole, “Are we really being good stewards of the family God gave us?”
That question took us on a three-week journey of great introspection, honest discussion, wise advice from friends and family and serious knee time with God. I believe there is no coincidence in the fact that the culmination of that decision occurred during Holy Week. There were some tears (ok, a lot of tears), some frustration, a decision and finally, some peace. Our house is on the market, we’re looking for another and the boys are officially starting a new Catholic school come August.
Now, I realize some of you might be thinking, “What, THIS is the big news?” And, that’s when I’m reminded of the cross God gives each of us to bear. Sometimes, don’t we look at others and say, “Sheez, I wish I had that one” or “Wow, there is no way on God’s green earth I could carry that one”…
For Scott and I a Catholic education for our children is incredibly important. It’s not that we think public schools are evil (we are, after all, both the products of quite wonderful public school systems), we just want to have a say in where our kids learn, what they’re taught and how God can be a part of all that. So, by leaving the school, we’re not just leaving a place of education, but we’re leaving our entire community. The parish, the many ministries in which we’re involved, much of our after-school activities, our circle of friends – yeppers, the whole ball of wax. That’s what made the decision so painful.
Having said all that, though, the Holy Spirit often opens a door and you want to look at Him and say, “Um, seriously? No.” Then He smiles and opens it anyway. So, we’re taking a leap of faith. There are many, many, many, MANY things that we considered when jumping off the deep end, but the one that matters most is this…we have to do what’s best for our family.
I’m quite certain that’s a motto than many of us have, don’t we? We parent different ways, have different political views, spend our disposable income (HA, totally an oxymoron) in various places and even have differing fashion sense. It all comes down to doing what you think is best, in consultation with God, and owning it
So, we are the proud owners of a fresh start. Scary as hell, but we’re doing it. Holy Family Catholic School Angels, here we come 🙂