Monday, August 20, 2007

Molly

WOW! You know I have the best kid ever named Molly. She is so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so sweet!!!!!! I like her lots more than Jared, Maci and even Kent!! She is just the BEST!!! and I love her style, she always looks so cute! ; ) She did GREAT at school today and she is just amazing! : D She is the best kid any one could ever have. She is great at volleyball she scored 4 points in her last game and she is great at serving to. She always has a great attitude! I think she should have all of her friends over next weekend for a sleep over!!! Did I say she was the best???



p.s. this is molly

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lacy Maci is going to highschool!

Okay, I feel the exact same way that I felt when I took her to kindergarten the first day! She will go to Lancaster Christian Academy starting tomorrow! A freshman! My sweet Maci is going to highschool. Can I just tell you how proud I am of her. What an incredible young woman she is! She is her daddy's Angel Princess. She has a heart for God and for people. One day after telling her I was proud of her, she asked me, WHY, I was proud of her. She thought because she didn't play sports or wasn't in any big play or wasn't "doing" any big thing, that I didn't have a reason to be proud of her. I realized how our society places value on what we do instead of who we are. I tried to explain that she was everything I could have ever hoped for and always prayed for. I told her that she could be the best athelete in TN or the most sought after teen actress in the world, and I would still not be any MORE proud of her. Since she was little, I've always told her that God made her beautiful on the outside, but it was her choice and my greatest dream for her to be beautiful on the inside. She is all that! She is kind, caring, loving, gentle, well, the fruits of the Spirit flow through her so gracefully. She has chosen to live a life that glorifies God. I see her loving Him more and more everyday. I will miss her. I know that sounds silly, but I will. I have homeschooled her from 1st -8th grade. I know her heart and her dreams. I am blessed! I am excited for her school year. She will blossom and cause others to bloom around her. She is just "that girl". She brings out the best in others. She is encouraging and a joy.
I love all my children, their blog will come another time...
Today, Maci and I are going out, just the two of us. We're going to shop a little and have lunch. I will tell her again that she is precious to her father and I, and most of all to God. I will thank her again for blessing my life with being "who" she is.

Friday, August 10, 2007

BACK TO SCHOOL!

Yes, it's that time again. School is starting at the Shingleton home! Jared and Molly started at one of the tutorials last Fri. and Jared will start Chemistry at another this Mon. For those of you who don't know, Maci is going to Lancaster Christian Academy this year. She doesn't start class until next Fri., the 17th. She has been playing volleyball for them for the last month or so though.
With school comes lots of emotions: excitement, fear, loss...and that's just MY feelings! Oh ya, just think of the kids! I'm excited to start a new year and to teach new things in new way. I fear the new temptations that will be placed before my children (that keeps me in prayer a lot, which is a good thing). I feel loss for the SUMMER THAT I LOVE! It's got to be done though, so here we go.
I am excited about some new things that we will be doing. Jared will be taking a Bible class from Daniel Carr. I hear great things about his Bible teaching. Maci will have a Bible class at school, and Molly and I are starting Community Bible Study. This is all going to be amazing, but I am most excited about a Bible study we are doing as a family. Kent has really been convicted about discipling our children. We believe that we are good at finding the teachable moments and teaching them as we go through life, but we want to really get into the Word with them before they leave our home. We realize that is only two years for Jared! I can't believe it! It's a little awkward to sit and tell the kids to open up your Bibles. Why is that?? We have allowed the church to be responsible for teaching doctrine to our kids and not taking on the responsiblitity ourselves. We did better with Bible story time when they were little, but have really lost track as they have grown. We can't help but believe that we aren't the only ones who have fallen short. Kent was saying that as we look at Jesus' life, we know nothing about him from the ages of 12-30 except that he grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. That is our goal for our children in the next few years. Not that they be the youngest Billy Graham, or feed the most homeless people. Not that these are not great things and we would be pleased. But, we want them to grow in wisdom and favor with God and man. We believe that it is our job as parents to help them grow. Please pray for us as we have seen spiritual warfare in this short time since making this commitment.
We are excited for the new year! I am handing my fear over to the Lord. I will miss my summer, but hey, Christmas is just around the corner!! My next favorite time of the year!!