Then, I wanted to share with you how proud I am of my oldest who attended his first school dance. None of us thought it was a possibility since he boldly stated that he was NOT going, but the day of the dance he decided to go for it. Since it was for 6 graders, the dance was right after school, from 3-4:30 pm, so we tried to encourage him that it wasn’t like going to prom, but rather an extra hour and a half to hang out with friends. I can’t tell you how proud I am of him for being brave and trying something new on his own, this is a major step! Afterwards he had a huge smile on his face and chatted about how fun it was. He spent his time walking around with friends while enjoying a soda and some candy he bought at the dance. He admitted that as he approached the dance in the beginning he was very nervous, but did it anyways. Wow, how far we’ve come!
Add to that, both my oldest and my middle son joined the church youth group this week for the first time and loved it. After years of being secluded because of our challenges, we’re finally coming out into the world and it feels so good!
At last, I have some really big news for my youngest. This week he asked if he could pray to accept Jesus in his heart. So of course we jumped on the opportunity by gathering our family around. But instead of Mom or Dad leading the prayer, my middle son who wants to be a pastor when he grows up stepped up and lead his brother through prayer to accept Jesus in his heart. Afterwards, we were all misty-eyed. My youngest cheered, “Yay, I’m a Christian!” and my middle son shared with gentle words, “My heart feels all warm inside.”
It was a very special week in the Mama Bear household! Praise God!