On Monday, Mike and I went to Parent/Teacher conferences. Both kids received glowing reports! Jessica's total grade averaged out as an A. Her teacher tells us that she is a great writer. She said that she is always ready to help and do the right thing. Jessica seems to be liked by all her classmates, and is a good friend. I'm very proud of her and it has been a joy to watch her grow and blossom.
As a parent you try hard to treat each child equally, and give each equal attention and glory, but today I want to brag just a little extra about Zeke. Zeke just has one of those personalities that draw you in. He is open and ready to love everyone. His teacher had such wonderful things to say about him that I found it hard not to cry. It wasn't only that he was doing great in school, or that he is reading 5 levels higher than expected. It was what she had to say about his character that was important. She told us that Zeke "has a big heart" and that he is a "safe friend." Every year before conference, she gives each child a survey to fill out. One of the questions on the survey is, "The part I don't like about school is____________." Zeke answered the question with, "when friends are sick." She said that she has been teaching for MANY years, and that is the first time a student answered in such a way. She just seemed so amazed by the way he loves people. All I could say was, "God has big plans for Zeke." Although I am beyond proud of Zeke and the man that he is becoming, I give all glory to God. He formed him and created him to be the person he is. It is a big responsibility for Mike and I to raise this boy to love Christ more than anything else, to continue to feed his spirit and give him safe and godly outlets to love people. To help him grow into manhood without loosing his tender heart. At the same time, to raise a lovely woman who is confident with herself, while her brother gets most of the attention. If you see us, or think of us, we covet your prayers. I know that all mothers who live their lives to serve Christ, feel that same desire for their children. We all look forward to seeing how God is going to use our children for His kingdom. That is way praying for our children is the most important thing we can do! That is way I am such an advocate for Moms in touch international. But, I digress, I will blog about Moms in Touch another day. Today, under piles of laundry, a dirty kitchen floor and no idea what I'll cook for dinner, I bask in the feeling of accomplishment and a job well done as a mother.