Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
From the moment Kyla was born she’s been raised in a God-loving environment. When she goes to church, she truly enjoys it. (Granted it’s not the easiest thing for a young person to sit still, especially if the homily goes long.) The thing she looks forward to the most is taking a “behind the scenes” tour of the altar area with Kevin after he’s done handing out bulletins. She calls it “going up to see Jesus” and she knows that it is very special.
There are many reasons why Kevin and I chose to send her to Catholic school, not the least of which is that her education will be faith-based. We feel it is incredibly important that the lessons she learns at home are reinforced at school. Simply put, we want her to love God and we want her to be able to celebrate her beliefs in a nurturing atmosphere.
We’ve been telling her that she is extremely fortunate that not only can she learn to read, write and do math at school she can also learn prayers, bible stories, and religious history. She already understands that her school is special because of this.
Today, as we were driving to the park, she burst out into song about God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. My heart leapt with joy at her sweet voice. It made me so proud and so happy that those were the kind of lyrics in her head; not some bits of a freaky Miley Cyrus tune. (If you think four years old is too young to repeat junk they hear & pick up you’ve been under a pretty heavy rock.)
Personally I can’t imagine my life without my faith. I feel that as a parent I owe that same opportunity to my child. It seems that even an “expert” who contributes to HuffPo shares my opinion (at least partly.)
Somewhere down the road, Kyla may find reason to question her beliefs. Even the most faithful of us can find ourselves tested or feeling doubtful. But I feel I owe it to my child to raise her with religion. If at some point in her ADULT life she chooses a different path (I truly don’t see that happening) then I have at least done my part. It amazes me how some parents can be so concerned about their kids’ health & development that they must eat organic food, not watch more than 30 minutes of television a day, and take yoga classes but they give no consideration to the heart & soul that must be equally nurtured.
I know the world is getting crazier by the minute. Even one generation ago when I was growing up, things weren’t this sick, this scary, this violent. Now more than ever, our daughter (and the rest of today’s youth) needs religion. Matt Barber sums this up eloquently.