The recent visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines has affirmed our decision and chosen lifestyle to homeschool our girls. What a grace to hear and be touched by the words of our Holy Father! He gave a number of homilies and memorable quotes during his 5-day visit here, but what I’ll remember most and keep in my heart are these:
- “It is important to dream in the family. All mothers and fathers dream of their sons and daughters in the womb for 9 months. They dream of how they will be. It isn’t possible to have a family without such dreams.”
- “We too need to protect, guide, and encourage our young people, helping them to build a society worthy of their great spiritual and cultural heritage.”
- “Protect your families! See in them your country’s greatest treasure and nourish them always by prayer and the grace of the sacraments. Families will always have their trials, but may you never add to them!”
- “When families bring children into the world, train them in faith and sound values, and teach them to contribute to society, they become a blessing in our world.”
Just this week, we started to look deeper into Arielle’s college options and realistically identified which schools would help her pursue her dream to be an animator. I’ve sent a request for assistance from our homeschool provider, given the fact that she will be taking a gap year this 2015 after she graduates in April and will concentrate on preparing herself for college in 2016. This headstart of preparations is actually giving me anxiety attacks and making me nervous! For instance, one requirement for international school application given to me by our academic consultant is to list down all the books Arielle used in high school with their ISBNs, in order for WCFS (Walkersville Christian Family Schools) to prepare and process the document we would need for international application. I panicked upon receiving the email last Thursday and immediately went through our library of books and listed them all down! In a matter of hours, I had completed most of the books Arielle used from 1st year to present, but my state of panic would not go away until I’ve gone home to Batangas where the rest of the books were. Now that I’m here in Batangas, I’m just glad and thankful that I’ve kept 99% of the books and materials of Arielle with the intention of passing them to Kayla, more than anything.
This DREAM of Arielle to become an animator, a Disney animator, has been a childhood dream. Mike, Kayla and I are together with Arielle in praying for this dream to come true! As a family, like what Pope Francis said, we have always been together in dreaming!
Amidst the fear and stress, a Bible verse timely spoke to me this week, which left me humbled and speechless. It was only two days after that I was able to write down my reflection on it. So, I’d like to share with you an honest-to-goodness prayer of a homeschool mom.
JEREMIAH 17:7 (NLT) – BUT BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO TRUST IN THE LORD AND HAVE MADE THE LORD THEIR HOPE AND CONFIDENCE.
Lord, the reality that Arielle will be graduating from high school AND homeschooling soon is beginning to scare me! Choosing colleges, preparing for entrance exams and applications, and praying that we are doing the RIGHT thing every step of the way and not missing any detail, info, and deadline are stressing me out! I honestly feel that this is MY measure of success or failure as a homeschool mom. I need You now more than ever! You were with us from the beginning. I TRUST, HOPE, and am CONFIDENT that You will see us through. AMEN.
Can I ask you to pray for and with us, please? Your prayers would mean so, so much! Thank you!