Hello Sunshines it’s been a while!
There has been so much going on as you know I completed my graduate program at Purdue University Global. In my absence I was able to walk in my commencement ceremony. But in doing this I’ve learned that someone is always watching you. I’m writing to encourage every mom or just anyone to always do your best because the children are watching. Or as I say to my husband the streets are watching!
Well, fast forward to the point, my son who was an eighth grader also graduated. He was able to finish his eighth grade year with straight A’s the entire year, giving him the highest gpa in his class. He was also inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. To top it all off, he was accepted into a dual degree/diploma early college program where he will be a freshman in high school while simultaneously being a freshman in college. He will complete high school with an associates degree in criminal justice from Vincennes University. This will jump start him on his path to law school, which will enable him to complete college early.
Of course I’m a proud mom but that isn’t the point. We talk to our children and want the best for them. Truth is adolescence is hard for them. My baby had a hard time when he transitioned into middle school. At the same time I was starting my graduate program. We had countless talks about his grades when he first started 6th grade, however he still struggled to find his footing. I prayed that God would make his way easy and that he’d have favor with his teachers. I learned in this experience there had to be a point where he wanted to succeed not I wanted him to succeed.
Sometimes we have to stop talking at our children and demonstrate what we mean. I taught my children how to put schoolwork first before going to that fun event. I taught my children that sometimes it pays to study for that extra hour or even late into the night. I taught my children that it was our responsibility to turn in our assignments on time not the teacher asking for us to turn it in. Of course I said these things in our countless conversations, but nothing showed them more than seeing me do the same.
That smile was big because I know his story, I know how he struggled and then came out on top! His future is so bright but as the grade, the scenery and environment changes and new challenges arise; he will need to carry what he learned into the next phase of his life. The lesson to me was he had to want it for himself but now he’ll have to continue that same drive. Another lesson was that people are hearing what you say but they are watching what you do! Which leads me to one of the most beautiful women in the world, my sister!
My sister is Awesome, period! We are polar opposites she is outgoing, people person, commands the room, outspoken, a beauty queen, hilarious and everyone loves her! She is the definition of an extrovert! For years she hadn’t went back to school and I always encouraged her to but she said she didn’t really want to. I had been praying God would show her something she’d love and guess what he did! My sister started at Illinois media school last year and she just completed her program in May as well! I’m so proud of her and I am glad she found something she loves! And let me tell you it’s so perfect for her. She’s beautiful and has a face for the camera with the gigantic personality to match.
2019 has turned out to be an epic year of transition for my family! This is just the beginning. So I’m writing to encourage you to continue to speak life to those you love and people you have influence over. Continue being your best self and practice what you preach because believe me others are watching you. Everything we do speaks volumes and I am glad that my journey is a path for others to take. To the moms that feel like they can’t go back to school, you can do it! Yes it was hard, but it turned out to be the best decision I ever made! Anytime my babies see a positive example in success and accomplishment it was well worth the stress. There is enough negative influences in life, I want to represent light 💡 for anyone I interact with!
Let your light so shine before men, that they see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt. 5:16
So shine your light! ~yannasunshine~