Kids Life Tuscaloosa May-June 2020 - Page 9

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fi x our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 CHARLES “CHARLIE” MONROE JONES University Church Christian Academy February 4, 2002 – February 20, 2020 Dually enrolled at the University of Alabama where he was a scholarship recipient. From his obituary: “Charlie signed a bid from Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He loved singing and playing his guitar at every opportunity. He lit up every room he entered. Charlie was excited about his future studies and career. He recently said he wanted to study artifi cial intelligence. He was one of the happiest, friendliest, most capable young men who ever lived, and his friends, family and the world have lost an amaz- ing person. He prayed some of the most touching prayers with no prior thought whenever he was asked. We know he was close to God when he was here with us, and now we take comfort in his being with his Father in Heaven.” LEXY ANN DEESE September 20, 2001 – April 5, 2020 Winston Academy, Louisville, Mississippi Co-editor of the Winston Academy Gazette Top 10 of her class Lexy had planned to major in nursing. She volunteered many hours at her local animal shelter. Here are a few ques- tions she answered for her Winston Academy senior spotlight: What do you want to be when you grow up? “I want to be a nurse that works in a dermatology clinic!” If you could go back and start high school all over again, would you? “No, I’m ready to see what my future holds.” Name on thing on your bucket list. “I want to visit Ireland and London.” What advice would you give to the class of 2021? “Enjoy every day at school. I know it can be hard and dreadful at times, but you’ll miss it when you’re gone. Thank your teach- ers for all the hard work they do to make sure we are ready for our futures!” Here are a few local homeschool seniors I’d like to recog- nize for their amazing achievements: ANNA KATHRYN ADAMS University Church Christian Academy, 4.0 GPA Presidential and Alumni Association Scholarships (The University of Alabama) Ecce Quam Bonum and Belk Family Scholarships (Se- wanee) Secretary, Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Honor Society Over 200 hours of community service 13 shows with local theater companies Anna plans to pursue a degree in Biology with a passion for zoology and conservation. HALEY GRACE BOOKER University Church Christian Academy Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship, Colvard Fu- ture Leader Scholarship, the Non-Resident Tuition Scholar- ship, and the Alumni Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship THE Warriors Varsity Basketball, 9-12 have a viewing, and we stood by as Lexy’s senior classmates came in and out of the building, one or two at a time, to pay their fi nal respects… all while donning masks and missing vital emotional support. I stood by as my sister-in-law talked to Lexy one fi nal time before her casket was closed forever. Every word that came out of her mouth was soul crushing. Lexy was so very loved. Her graduation invitation was in the mailbox when we re- turned home. She had sent them just before the accident. Oh, how I wish it was just Lexy’s graduation we were miss- ing! Instead, we will also be missing her college graduation, her wedding, and all the other wonderful things we looked forward to sharing with her. We hurt, but Lexy left us know- ing she would be in Heaven with her Savior. Our mourning is brief compared to eternity with her, and for that we are grateful. Chandler’s senior year was full of accomplishments and achievements that make us proud and homeschooling rewarding, but there will always be an emptiness of the cel- ebration we should have shared with his cousin. This wasn’t the only tragedy for his senior class. In February, a University Church Christian Academy senior, Charlie Jones, unexpect- edly passed away, leaving his family and friends mourning his earthly life. It seems like everywhere we turn there is tragedy and suffering. It’s hard to choose joy when surrounded by pain and hardship. But through this time, we are learning valu- able lessons about life and what’s important. Parents: I know you are mourning the loss of your child’s senior moments. I know some of you have been thrown into schooling at home and don’t feel prepared. Some of you are essential workers that now have to do your job PLUS educating your children. Trust me… even those of us comfortable and confi dent in homeschooling have been disrupted by this pandemic. It’s ok to feel all of the emotions you’ve been feeling. We can also choose joy. We can also choose hope. We can also choose faith. We can remind our youth that God hasn’t left us or forsaken us. Right now, those might be the most important things that all our children learn. We can choose to see this time we have with our children as a blessing and set an ex- ample for how they will deal with stressful situations in their future. In memory of those we have lost, squeeze those ba- bies just a little tighter, for a little longer, and make sure they know they are loved. 9