Monday, February 26, 2018

Proud of Lauren and all my kids, even teenagers!!

A received a call a last month from Lauren's principal. As a mom you always think, "Oh no what is wrong" her principal is an amazing lady so I was not to worried. She went on to explain what a great kid Lauren is and how many teachers have commented on her willingness to help and her kind attitude. Each day she comes to school she runs the morning announcements with such joy, always ready for her job to begin. She told me that she has been thinking of Lauren for quite some time to win the student Ambassador Award at her school and that she wanted to let me know that in two weeks that she would receive the award from our school district Superintendent. After she told me this... yep I cried!! There is nothing more special then seeing your child succeed and knowing that you both have worked hard to see them reach that potential. It's also so inspiring to see the impact your child has on others and how others see them for who they are. Lauren we are so proud of you!! You are my Shinning Star, Shine Bright!! Continue to shine bright so that others can see your light. 
Her teacher and my friend have been nothing short of amazing to her, she has been such an excellent role model and mentor to Lauren. I don't even think she realizes that every mother of African American adopted child hopes and dreams for this situation. Totally a God thing!! In the picture below Lauren is with her princial who goes above and beyond explaining what her award means and how she is proud of her.
My parents surprised Lauren and came too, she is so smart she wondered why they were coming on a Sunday a bit confused and then asked why I was going to her school on Tuesday since she saw it on my calendar, I sure had to be quick with coming up with something.
It's crazy but Jaden won the Ambassador Award in 6th grade as well. Drew is my sweet boy, wish he could win too (: now I am dreaming.
School pictures this year and they already all look older, they are a cute bunch I must say. They are good kids. Jaden is a full fledged teenager, I will say I understand now when people say they are ready to go crazy with teenagers!! I love teenagers because they add so much laughter into my life and they are always up on all the trends and actually are into fashion, music and other cool things. They are their own person and they are really starting to think about life, and have opinions but boy oh boy are they moody and confusing at times. One minute you think they are more mature then most of the worlds population after a deep philosophical discussion then next they are acting like crazy heathens who just drank a 2-littler of Mountain Dew. Needless to say this all leaves me to feel like I live in a mental hospital!!  Drew is 13 but on his way to being in the same boat as his brother but he has matured dramatically this year. We are blown away by Mr. Straight A's and Mr. I love school!! Yes my 7th grade son loves school, this is the first time in years. I will tell you, I truly think kids succeed when they have confidence and know that their teachers "like" them and that they are their for them. Drew has the best teachers this year!! He is taking Texas History this year and I have never seen a kid love History so much. He loves it!! His teacher is simply fantastic to reach a teenager and to put that love in his heart. He has really changed a lot, and  seems so much more confident. Without all this we can not forget these mom moments. These are funny texts in the middle of the night, check the time on the actually text 2:23am, 2:07 am. Yes a mothers works is never done and she never sleeps!!
Lauren showed me how to make meme's she is very tech savvy, so I made this one!! This is me on a normal basis, with a lot of love and laughter too!! Moms wear many hats but we all have our breaking point. Here is a tip..."Bring me the iPads" (that normally works)

In closing I wanted to also share this post about Lauren!! Never would I have dreamt that this little ornery little lady would be become the leader she is. All that strong willed behavior has really been a blessing after all. 
To all the mom's out there if you are reading this...My journey with my kids has been hard, nothing is easy, we have been through ups and down's along the way. I truly believe that these hardships and lessons create character in our children. I don't have it all figured out and never will but all our children are our future, truly. These last couple weeks have been so sad reading about the Florida shootings and now having to talk about a plan so if it ever happens they know what to do is not a conversation I ever thought I would have to have. To know that my boys told me recently that they always worry when they go to the movies thinking there could be a shooting. Our kids are scared too, but I think it's important that we pay attention to what they tell us about school and other kids and about themselves. We live in fragile times, and nothing pains me more to see the world becoming darker. It also means that our lights need to shine brighter! So bright that our kids can be a friend to the friendless or a helper to their teacher when she/he is having a hard day. To open the doors for others or be nice to the new kid. One thing I have done with my kids is to teach them to pay attention to those around them and to be genuine and have integrity. I think our world does need more love, understanding and authenticity. Each one of us have been changed by something, but it's up to us to use that to help others. I guess saying all this, our greatest need right now is to show love and not just any love but Christ's love that is so different. When people feel that they know that it's different and I think sometimes that is what they are searching for. 
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