Sunday, December 28, 2014

Letters from Dad: #21

(Once a month, I invite Sean to take over the blog and write a little note to our kids. I love that he is willing to leave little nuggets of wisdom for them to look back on when they are older! While many of the posts on this blog are written to share our lives with you, the reader, Sean's "Letters from Dad" series is truly written to our kids. You are welcome to peek in and see what he wants them to know!)

This might seem like a strange post to publish on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's, but it makes sense to me. The beginning of a new year is a prompt to change things, and we are looking at a move in our future which will be a big change for us! It may not happen this year, but it will probably happen in the next 18 months. Plus, this topic is weighing heavily on us right now as we've had a difficult semester with the kids' school. Please pray for our family as we try to find a good, safe place for our family in a school district that treats teachers, parents, and students with excellence.

Dear Kids,

Sometimes you have to tackle the hard questions in life such as “How ought one live”? This is an important question, and I hope you ponder it often so that you don’t live an unexamined life and end up wasting it.

However, the question we are tackling this month is, “Where should we live?” There are a lot of factors that go into this decision. The biggest factor we are looking at is where is the best place for our children to live?” We want to make sure that you have a quality education and also have an opportunity to go to a school in a safe environment. It makes Mommy and Daddy very sad that not every child has the opportunity to receive a quality education or can go to school in a safe environment. (I blame society, which means I also blame myself.) The district in which we currently live has a great early childhood program. Unfortunately, kindergarten on up gets really dicey.

Also, every day that you go to school, you drive past two 7-11 gas stations. 7-11’s in and of themselves are not bad things, however, these two are known for being frequent crime scenes. Only a few weeks ago, a little girl was shot at one while buying a pack of bubblegum with her daddy. A girl not much older than you four. There is a Sonic not a quarter mile from there that I have taken you kids to a few times. What if one of those trigger happy people had decided to shoot up Sonic? I say not to live your life in fear, and I do truly try, but I love you, babies.

All this is to say that eventually, we will have to move or enroll you in private school or homeschool. It’s a big decision, and one that we don’t take lightly.

All of these options have their pluses and minuses, so we will probably talk about those one day in a future post. Moving seems to be the most considered option to Mommy and Daddy. We still don’t know where. One step (or dream) at a time. Also, what can the pocket book afford?

Factors that will go into our decision:
·         --Schools
·         --Yard—Daddy would like to start a garden and plant a peach tree (because he loves peaches)

Will we stay in the Kansas City area?  Who knows…? Mommy grew up in New Mexico. Daddy grew up in KC. Shortly after Mommy and Daddy were married, we visited Colorado and thought it was gorgeous. Daddy has contemplating living somewhere rural like Louisburg, Harrisonville, or Burlington. Daddy also applied for a job a couple of years ago in the Pacific Northwest.

Family and friends are important as we have pointed out many times, but as the poet says “Home is wherever we are, if there’s love there to.” You obviously have a couple of uncles and one aunt that moved away so it can be possible. Also, if Mommy had never moved from her childhood home then you kiddos would not have existed.

So in short, Daddy and Mommy are praying and thinking about moving by the time you enter kindergarten to make sure that you have a good, safe, educational experience. I just wanted you to know how much you mean to your Daddy and Mommy, and that we would do anything for our precious babies.


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