So it's Monday.
Woke up at 5:00 am to the wind howling. I got up to close all the windows. I guess I was too loud because I woke up John.
He asked me why Dennis was at the foot of our bed sleeping. He had come to our room in the middle of the night awakened by a bad dream. Sharks. Scary sharks.
We prayed and after some tossing and turning Dennis was snoring.
I fell back asleep until 6:00 am.
Time to get up.
I had sourdough toast with blackberry jam and a cup of coffee.
Recapped with Alex what is "appropriate" behavior.
He made some very disrespectful comments to the parents of some kids at the skateboard park yesterday.
Though I'm pretty sure we will look back and have a good laugh in about ten years, it is not very amusing at the moment.
Got Alex off to school.
Oliver had another explosive diaper. Not fun.
He had a bath.
Nolan is up. I went to clean out his ears like I do twice a day, and was presently surprised for the third day in a row.
Nothing to clean out. No discharge.
Whoever suggested garlic ear drops for kids-- thank you!
Caleb is in Mexico for the week on a mission trip.
He went with old friends from the previous town we lived in.
This might be his last time going for awhile since he will be working and attending college next year.
Speaking of college-- he has finally chosen one.
He was accepted to three colleges in all, and after weighing all his options he has chosen UC Riverside. Caleb and John went to Highlander Day this past Saturday-- and the visit confirmed his decision. He is excited! So are we. It is pretty nice knowing that our two oldest boys will be at the same college.
There are some major changes happening in our family.
After going back and forth and weighing the pros and cons, we have made a decision.
I enrolled five of the older kids into public high school starting next year.
Part of me is relieved, a part very concerned.
Many of my kids are in college prep classes. They currently have online teachers for those classes, since I don't feel equipped to teach at that level. Next year, many of them need classes that are not offered by the charter school. To remedy this, the school said to enroll the kids into the local junior college. They will get double credit, and the school will reimburse us for the classes. Sounds wonderful, right? Well, I went to enroll the kids at our local college last week only to be told that they had very little chance of actually getting any of those classes because they are in such high demand and my kids are at the bottom of the totem pole in being able to register. Basically, I was told not to bother.
Great. Where does that leave my kids?
One wants to be a nurse and go straight to a four year college. Another wants to go into the military, but wants to prepare to go straight to a four year college if they change their mind. They need certain classes in order for this to happen.
After prayerful consideration, I enrolled them into public school next year so they could take Chemistry, Spanish III, and Pre-Calc.-- just a few of the higher classes they need.
I talked to the high school counselor and feel really encouraged about them going, but I am concerned about their safety. I guess hearing about the mass stabbing at the Pennsylvania high school last week really scares me. And then there was a high school student who was murdered last month in Texas. My friend's daughter not only knew the victim, but the suspects as well.
It's just so heartbreaking.
It makes me want to scream!
It makes me want to hug my kids and never let go.
But they have to grow up. They want to grow up.
And so I pray for them. For their safety. For their well-being. For their protection. I pray that they shine their lights as bright as possible!
And I pray that I made the right decision to have them go to public school.
As for the other kids... they will continue to be home schooled through the charter school.