This is my son Michael…this is his best friend Ashton. (Isn’t he handsome?! Isn’t she gorgeous?!..grin!)
She is the daughter of my best friend.
They decided to go to the prom together.
In fact, they went with a group of their closest friends.
Much like kids do for proms everywhere.
But this is where my son’s prom differs. See we homeschool and these kids are homeschoolers.
And we felt they deserved to have a prom too.
So we worked hard and pulled off a special night for our kids. We planned, we raised funds, we decorated, we photographed and we provided a night to remember!
We hosted a sit down catered dinner beforehand for our seniors.
and then opened up the dance to all of our high school students.
and they danced…and danced…
and danced some more.
It didn’t matter whether they were 12 or 18 they had a great time together….
…it’s one of the things I love most about homeschooling!
And it reminded me so much of my own prom, so long ago, but yet it didn’t. Because here was the difference…the open display of faith that these young people have, a faith that I often hid out of embarassment and wanting to appear “cool”, was evident here at their prom. From the opening prayer over dinner…to the way they conducted themselves the entire evening.
All of these young adults has such a strong love for the Lord. They don’t mind moms and dads hanging around chaperoning, because there’s nothing to “hide”.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14
They don’t mind having younger brothers and sisters coming and hanging out and even joining in on the dancing…because they have been taught to love and respect their siblings…most days anyway.
…and after it was all over, at midnight…. they stayed. Stayed to help clean up. Stayed to climb up on ladders in prom dresses and tuxes to tear down decorations and mop floors,
and then…instead of heading out to “party” till sunrise, they returned to our home instead.
To hang out and watch movies, and laugh and talk and just be together having fun.
This is why I love my son’s friends so very much! I love them for always lifting him up and never dragging him down.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10
“A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17
I love them for being young men and women of faith, who will go out to be a light in this world! God is going to use them mightily for His Kingdom!
Thank you for indulging this proud Mom and letting me share a little of this special event with you! It was such an honor to be a part of this milestone evening in the lives of these young people! I am proud to call them not only my son’s friends…but mine as well!
But, most of all I am proud to be the Mom of this amazing young man! I love you Michael.