Tuesday 29 March 2011

Update on Sean

I thought I would give an update on how Sean is getting along with his education these days. Well, I am happy to report that he is doing very well. When he started in St Nicholas' at the end of January he was where he should be with his maths and ahead in all his other subjects except his spellings. I tried for five years to get him to work faster (and eat faster) and never succeeded but two months into school and he's up to speed; It seems there's nothing quite like a healthy dollop of peer pressure to do the trick.
So, he is working faster and his work is neater. He is getting on well with the kids and his teacher. When he was off sick a few weeks ago she phoned him to ask him how he was and tell him that all the kids were asking after him.
Since starting at the end of January he took home a silver cup (for a week) along with a certificate announcing him to be the 'Student of the week' and since then come home with the 'Student of the month!' Finally I have things to put on my fridge, just like all the other mums lol. I was talking to his teacher and the head mistress today and both of them said he is getting on fine, a very pleasant boy and no trouble. (phew!)

I can also report that I am now officially a football mum. Although in the sporting world Sean's forte is swimming he was picked (all be it as a sub) to play in the FAI in JJB for his school this morning. The girl's team did very well and made it to the semi finals and St Nicholas' boy's team made it into the finals and will be playing again on Thursday.

He was bullied a bit in the first week but handled it well I thought and has had no trouble since. He is flying with his essays which doesn't surprise me as he has only to do half the amount in school compared to the amount I used to give him here at home. He is quite concerned about fitting in and checks to see what others are wearing, thinking etc., before doing something himself. This is a new thing but to be expected and I am trying to gently guide him through it and show him that what he thinks is relevant too.

He, along with about sixty other 6th class school boys and girls took their entrance exam in the Bush Post Primary school on Saturday morning. He skipped the Irish and he thinks he did fairly well with the English and maths tests. Unlike other schools, I suspect the test wasn't that hard, it being a technical school and I am glad. I hate the idea of 11 and 12 year olds having to study, work and worry so much at their age over any test.

He is getting along really well with his swimming and is currently working on his third (gold) certificate in the Rookie Life Guard training run by the The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK). Hopefully he will be finished that just before the Summer and, Lord willing, he will be training with Irish Water Safety in Aura in the Autumn.
During the Summer he will continue to swim in the pool just for the fun of it and hopefully continue with the ISA sailing in Carlingford Lough, something he does every Summer. As far as I know it will take him this Summer along with last Summer to complete his 4th level; It's a tougher one by all accounts.

For those of you who have been following and praying for Sean and me over the years of home schooling, I thank you. It looks like everything has worked out well and that God took us both through it very successfully with your help and the help of Janet & Kate (teachers), Mick (maritime charts), Lisa (Russian), Kevin (maths)and of course Niall.
I was very aware that it wasn't a popular decision with some family, friends and church members and also, if I messed up on this, I wasn't getting a second chance. So, you can understand my relief and happiness that Sean has 'made the grade' not only academically but also socially and in his chosen sports. (woo hoo, thank you Lord!)

I feel I have to tell you that Niall and I most definitely felt led by the Lord in our decision to home school Sean for 7 years and so, we thank Him so very much for bringing us all through these years.

I started blogging and visiting other people's blogs about five years ago and I cannot tell you how much it has helped me, visiting other people who home schooled their children (or not), learning from them, being very encouraged by them, given advice by them and most importantly, being accepted by them. Many thanks to you all :0)

What's next? Secondary school in the Bush this September...... I had better up the prayers for that one!

Sacraficing and not even knowing.

A looking into the eyes with true interest and compassion instead of looking at a screen while half-heartedly listening. These are the sacrifices of our love, the moment by moment giving up of ourselves, the constant, year end year out practice of worship as we serve those in our home in order to please His heart....

I just love this. It is from a blog that I have just started reading today. I won't post a link until I check it out but I had to post the above.

I never thought that looking away from a movie I really want to watch to pay attention to Sean while he tells me about something that is important to him is an act of worship because I do it with God in the back of my mind.

It's a nice thought for the day.

Saturday 26 March 2011

Old Irish morning prayer.

The following poem is a 19th century morning prayer which they have in Connemara; It has been heard in many places in Galway and Dr Hyde (Ireland's first President) heard it in Roscommon and translated it.

The will of God be done by us,
The law of God be kept by us,
Our evil will controlled by us,
Our tongue in check be held by us,
Repentance timely made by us,
Christ's passion understood by us,
Each sinful crime be shunned by us,
Much on the End be mused by us,
And Death be blessed found by us,
With Angels music heard by us,
And God's high praised sung to us,
For ever and for aye.




Monday 21 March 2011

Thankfulness.

I suppose we can be thankful for many things abut who are we thankful to?

My God, help me to be thankful not just for the nice things in my life but also for all the many things that are not in it. Yes, I am grateful for Your salvation, for Christ, for my health, husband, son, church...

Today I am thankful for;

Not waking up on a Sunday morning with a hangover.
Not being confused as to what the truth is for any given situation.
Not blaspheming You.
Not swearing.
Not stealing.
Not going out on the town.
Not being a terrible example to my son.
Not being a single woman.
Not blinded by coveting.
Not tied in knots over what other people think of me.
Not being an enemy to people.
Not hating people.
Not dressing like a trollop.
Not overtly concerned about how I look.
Not being stupid any more (You gave me Your wisdom).
Not being lonely.
Not being afraid of dying.
Not worrying about having money and paying bills.
The buck not having to stop with me any more.

Not being alone...

Thank You God :0)

(I feel like shouting Yehaaa!!!!!!!!!!!)

Thursday 17 March 2011

Puritan prayer.

Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the well the brighter the stars shine;
Let me find thy light in my darkness,
thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty,
thy glory in my valley.



Happy St Patrick's Day folks.