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Maturing With Grace

Whenever I look forward in my life, I can't help looking back in hopes that I am still moving in the right direction. My youth, I find, can be categorized by the word "limitations." I was not given the opportunity to attend Catholic school because my brother and sister did not enjoy it. I was not given the opportunity to attend ballet classes because my next-door neighbor did not enjoy it. I was not given the opportunity to attend horse camp or take lessons in martial arts because my brother did not enjoy them.

As an adult, I wanted my children to experience life without "others" getting in their way. The first thing I did for my children was set up the best Catholic Homeschool of the Arts my husband and I could manage. Welcome to St. Genesius Academy! My older two never seemed like team players. They were always fighting, rolling around on the floor and looking for weapons. Now, they are black belts in weapons and nearly black belts in taekwondo. My younger two are in taekwondo to be with their brothers and ballet because they love to dance. My older two wanted to be cowboys, so I took them out to a friend's farm where they shoveled out stalls, brushed and fed the horses, cleaned mud out of hooves, and rode horses using English saddles.

My husband often tells me the most effective form of revenge is success. I don't need to prove anything to anyone. I just need to be the best me that I can be. That seed took root and began to grow when I turned forty. My husband and our friends put together a surprise party for me. It was crazy and amazing, and I everyone I loved was there (except for my best friend from college, who couldn't get a flight, so she made up for it by coming into town twice that month!) In the very large party room, I noticed a few empty tables, and I could not help but notice who wasn't there. All of the people who put me down and told me I could not do something because of my height, weight, or relative intelligence were missing.

A man gave a sumptuous banquet, to which he invited many. When the hour for the banquet drew near, he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited: 'Come, for everything is now ready.' But one after another they all began to make excuses.

Luke 14: 16-18

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