Friday, November 9, 2012
Young Catholic Girl
Young Catholic Girl is a small publishing venture by a very sweet "Young Catholic Girl". This young girl has a lot to do with my story of being a Catholic. Actually, her mother is more part of my story, but the story continues in the life of our children
. Part 1 of The Story:
Many moons ago I lived in a small town in Alaska. Attending church every Sunday was becoming a new habit for Pete and I. At the time, sad to say, we felt like there was not much else to do. I remember seeing this mom with 4 kids. I think that may have been the first time I had seen, and realized, people still had more than 2 kids. And then someone muttered to me that they were "homeschooled"...WOW!! 4 kids and a home schooling family...weird.
I have mentioned it here before but just to recap..Sitka is where I met 2 women who taught me how to be a Catholic mom...
Anyway, one day I was walking downtown and wondered into a small quilt shop. I bumped into the mom with 4 kids. She was so friendly and welcoming. I told her I have always loved the idea of home schooling...well...she insisted I come over and take a look at some stuff she had to get me started.
I took one step in her house and I knew I was in a different type of home. Something about her and her home just dripped Catholic-ness..God was there...our church was there. It was all around her, them. I wanted to absorb everything she had to say. I wanted her to talk to me and teach me EVERYTHING she knew about EVERYTHING. Just by being around her I knew I wanted to be a better mom, a better Catholic..a better everything.
For the next 3 years Kathy mentored me and became a close friend. Then we moved, leaving lots of amazing memories behind us in Alaska. Eventually Kathy moved from Sitka too.
Over the years Kathy has been my go-to on different matters of home schooling. In fact this year when I put the kids in school I was afraid she would be disappointed in me. WE e-mailed back and forth for a few days. All the while she was encouraging me in faith.
So...it does not surprise me even a little that her daughter has taken up her torch. Around the same time the girls went to school Kathy's daughter was working on a small publication directed at young Catholic girls. She was spending her own time and money on sending out pamphlets encouraging other Catholic girls in faith.
The girls got their first issue about 2 weeks ago. They poured over it. They love getting mail! They read it cover to cover and immediately started some of the suggestions Sarah gave them. I was thrilled! I know how exciting it is to get a magazine and I love going through it.
But this is more than just a magazine, or getting some fun mail. This reminds my now public school girls that faith is their life. Their goal. It helps support them in knowing that other girls their age love the Lord and our church
I need all the help I can get keeping God in their hearts while they are away from me all day. I am touched that another girl is helping me bring Christ to my kids in such a great way. I had to share this..
I hope some of you will e-mail me with your address so I can send Sarah a few more subscribers. She has it on her heart to do this and I would so love to help her.
firstname.lastname@example.org...if you want your daughter to receive a copy of the Advent issue that Sarah is working on right now. She does not ask for any money, just people to read.
I keep telling the girls that we want to make friends with people who help you become a better person. I have been so lucky in my life to have met many such a person. And now those friends are creating kids that do the same thing for people. Blessed are we!!