I think that one of the biggest questions and concerns people have for us is about the influence of our community on our children. I agree that it is a bit scary, but we have a high commitment to be constantly processing life with our kids, and so far, I am pleased with the results. I thought I would share some encouraging moments with our oldest, who asks a lot of questions and is always paying attention... :)
Conversation #1: Bryce with a neighbor friend who was spending the night:
"Bryce, you wanna ... mom... dad..... sleep........?" (who knows what he wanted to do!)
(Looking at him very seriously,) "No, cause that would be disobeying."
Conversation #2: On the way home from school in the van:
"I am SO thankful that I get out of school at 12:30 instead of 3! I would have like 3 more hours of school today! And it's a christian school, so that's good. That is a long time for those kids to be under the influence."
"Under the influence of what, Bryce?"
"Sin! You know, the kids who get to go to bible study on Wednesday nights, that's all they get. Then they have to spend all those hours in school under the influence. Why don't they go to a christian school?"
How would YOU answer that question?!