Jesus' Precious Little Lambs

A Charlotte Mason Christian Home School: Preschool – 2nd Grade :)

Congraulations Graduates!!!

on June 25, 2014

Congratulations to all of our graduating friends and loved ones! Whether it was graduation from school, homeschool, college, preschool, or anything in between, you’ve made it, and we are celebrating with you! We couldn’t be prouder of our little ones, Tayler and Noah, graduating here from Jesus’ Precious Little Lambs Preschool, and we just couldn’t let the event pass by without a party and cute graduation gowns. Noah now thinks that “graduation” would be a great way to end every school year– and why not when it involves yummy treats, special presents, and fun decorations!?

Our theme was butterflies because our kids are spreading their wings and fluttering up to new heights–aaaaand because we did butterfly art all month, so it made decorating easy. 🙂 The party was definitely not all fun and games as Noah and Tayler had some final requirements during our ceremony in order to officially graduate–recite a poem and memory verse, each read a story, and sing a song for the enjoyment of everyone present at the party. The best part was that graduation was so much more than a party, it was like a rite of passage, a dawning of a new day, entrance into a higher period of training towards Christian manhood and womanhood. Accomplishing this through a time of prayer during the party was crucial as we spoke over the futures of our graduates. And it really did feel like God sealed all the good work He has done heretofore, and ushered us into a brand new season.

All Praise and Glory to God!!!

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It is important for us all to recognize the gravity of the moment as we graduate our graduates, and to intentionally create a sacred moment in time in order to significantly direct the course of our children’s lives. A celebration is an opportunity to mark the point in which a boy becomes a man……. or even when a little boy becomes a big boy. A purposeful rite of passage celebration can allow for a clear point of transition in ours and our children’s hearts, an important mental shift, public affirmation and acknowledgement, a sense of permission to move forward, the articulation of a goal line, and peace for those questions, “Am I doing a good job?,” “Am I doing what God wants?” It all starts with a private heart to heart moment, when we sense that the timing is right, to share how we feel about our child, what we see for him, and then use the opportunity to speak a blessing. Then, we can create a meaningful moment within a purposeful gathering or celebration, such as a homemade graduation, to publicly affirm our children so that our words will be cemented in their hearts.

“The principle is clear: God has given parents the privilege and power to speak blessing upon their children and, with that blessing, to advance life, health, growth, joy and self-confidence! We need to learn to steward this privilege as a dynamic aspect of raising our children and bless them in every way we possibly can.” ~ Jack Hayford

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The training period for manhood and womanhood may be shorter than we realize, so lets mark it at the very beginning, and then get started without delay. Why is it  shorter than we might assume? Well, when is a boy a man, and a girl a woman? When does a person reach maturity? According to the Bible it has nothing to do with having a drivers license, voting, or a job, but rather having wisdom in knowing God and his will, and being able to carry it out in your life (Prov. 1:1-7). True maturity is spiritual maturity. At 12 years old Jesus had his own rite of passage into manhood. Jesus, our Savior and Representative, shows his maturity in his understanding of the Bible and his understanding of his role in Luke 2:41-50 (The Boy Jesus in the Temple). Wow, age 12. Let’s pray for the same uncommon growth in spiritual maturity to occur in our children as we enter or continue on in this special season of training them up!!!

It sure was sweet to see my kids sooooo excited about our graduation party. I am not a much of a party person, but boy my kids are. Honestly though, our graduation was a huge lovely blessing, not to mention a divine appointment. I think I am in agreement with you Noah–this may be just the way to celebrate the end of every school year. 🙂

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Caterpillar

Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry,
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk,
Or what not,
Which may be the chosen spot.

No toad spy you,
Hovering bird of prey pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again

A butterfly

Christina Rossetti

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My Little 2 Year Old Caterpillars

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Speaking a Blessing Over our Graduates

Our Graduation Scriptures

Proverbs chapter 2

….youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace….
Daniel 1:4

As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
Daniel 1:17

…..and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.
Exodus 31:3

But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.
Job 32:8

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16

Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:12

When he was twelve years old…….[he was found] in the temple courts sitting among the teachers, to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Luke 2:47

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Luke 2:52

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians:13

But as it is written, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, 
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.

The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him,
         

The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
         

The spirit of counsel and strength,
         

The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
And He will delight in the fear of the LORD….
Isaiah 11:1-3

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My Beautiful 5 Year Old Butterflies

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Tayler’s Gift for Mamama is Awesome!

(we used a beginner paint set ……and I hovered a whole lot…. but she did 95% on her own!)

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Tayler’s ‘Mermaids in the Sea’ for Mommy

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Noah’s Graduation Gifts

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Our Graduation Ceremony


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