Last Week of High School for our Two Graduates

by | May 12, 2019 | Altar Boys, Christendom College, FSSP, Golf, High School, Kolbe Academy | 24 comments

 .: Inland Empire League District Golf Tournament :. 
May 6, 2019: Our whole family (and some friends!) went out to watch the boys golf in their final High School Varsity Golf Tournament. 
I’m SO proud of these two sons of ours. It wasn’t easy moving to a new state halfway through their senior year. They had always played on the varsity golf team and even went to state last year… They had been really looking forward to going back to the Oregon State Championship this year. Moving to Idaho, joining a new team, and switching from a 1A/2A/3A school to a 5A school was a big challenge for them. They never had to worry about qualifying for tournaments on their old golf team. Here their new golf team had 35 boys on the team and only the top 5 get to participate in the varsity tournaments. It was a sad morning one day during the season when just one of them left to go to a tournament and the other stayed home since he hadn’t qualified. 

They both worked really hard to continue improving and I was so happy that they both made the top five for the final tournaments and including the District Tournament/State Qualifier! Their team played well and came in third place in the district, but they needed to be in the top two to go on to state. They were disappointed but happy that they had improved since last year and that their current team score was better than all the teams back home in Oregon. High School golf has officially come to an end! 
Here is a photo of all three of our high school golfers, with their coach (who actually played against my youngest brother in college!), following the district tournament. The girls team also came in third place! 
.: Kolbe Academy :. 
May 9, 2019: This is it… They are officially done! I just finished grading and sending off the final samples and reports to Kolbe Academy for our two high school seniors! 🎉😭
#highschoolgraduates #catholichomeschool #kolbeacademyhomeschool #magnacumlaude
.: Carmel :.  
May 11, 2019: Beautiful Saturday Morning Mass at Carmel (James and John served together yesterday morning too. Perfect end to their final week of high school!) ❤️
.: College Decision Day :. 
Photos from Experience Christendom Summer Program 2018
May 1st was National College Decision Day. After months of discerning and applying to various colleges, not to mention working on financial aid and scholarships, the decision was finally made and we called up the Admissions Director on April 30th to put down a second deposit. 
Both boys will be attending Christendom College in the fall!
My due date is Monday, August 19th and Move-in Day is across the country on Friday, August 23rd. 
Please keep them (and me ðŸ˜­) in your prayers! 


  1. Stacie F

    Been following this blog for soooooo many years and I can't even process this post. How have they graduated high school?! Already?!?! No way. They were just middle schoolers! And college?!!? I can't even. Offering so many prayer for your family as they begin this new chapter.

    2019-05-12 02:18:36

  2. Sarah

    Christendom is my son’s top choice for next year!! How exciting for them! I know you must be proud of them, but will miss them greatly!

    2019-05-12 02:31:30

  3. Suzanne

    I’ve been following you for years, when I first started homeschooling. My eldest is graduating high school this year, Seton High School in Manassas, Va. He will be attending Christendom in the Fall! Prayers for your intentions!

    2019-05-12 02:54:43

  4. Penelope

    Such amazing challenges and blessings for you all! God's grace flowers in all corners. Holding you in my prayers for certain, Jessica. Congratulations to you and Sean and the boys! 🙂

    2019-05-12 10:15:49

  5. Momofkids

    Following you for years so happy to hear about college choice! We Love Christendom! Our Oldest will be senior there Third going to Summer Experience What led them to choose it being so far from home? God Bless Your Family!

    2019-05-12 14:08:54

  6. Deborah

    Our oldest will also be at Christendom in the fall! So excited for her but I’m wondering how we will manage without her here!!

    2019-05-12 14:42:08

  7. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you! It's so hard for me to believe too. Our older children all arrived quickly (three babies in three years) and now they will all start leaving quickly… It happened so fast! I really appreciate the prayers!

    2019-05-12 15:05:11

  8. Jessica Gordon

    Has your son attended one of the summer programs? It (along with spending the prior week with their cousins) was the highlight of our boys' summer last year. It is such a great school! As much as I will miss them, I'm really excited for them too!

    2019-05-12 15:07:00

  9. Jessica Gordon

    That is wonderful! Congratulations to you and your son!

    2019-05-12 15:07:57

  10. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you, Penelope!

    2019-05-12 15:08:59

  11. Joy

    WOW, Jessica got to be some teary moments for you now and will be then I'm sure. You and your husband have done such a great job and through all of it you've glorified the Lord. Every blessing and grace to YOU on this Mother's Day, to your husband your children and your extended family. Keep on keeping the Faith and being such good examples for many. God Bless.

    2019-05-12 15:45:38

  12. Megan

    Congrats to your boys and yourself! Front Royal is a cute town. I am familiar with the town because of using Seton Home Study. I also have some good friends who live there and go to Latin Mass. They all went to Christendom too. If you all ever need anything or want to know more about the area, I can put you in contract with these lovely families.

    2019-05-12 16:15:15

  13. Marion

    Congratulations to James and John. Wishing them a world of success and happiness in Christendom College. Jessica you and the baby and all of the family are in our prayers. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Marion,Joan and Marilyn

    2019-05-12 18:07:35

  14. JenniferAnne Hansen

    Can't believe they are graduating!! Wow, time flies!! You are always in my prayers, will add in the boys as well. Maybe you will make it to the east coast yet!. Congratulations, James and John!! It is special that they will be together. Wishing you great blessings in your next adventure.

    2019-05-13 12:29:20

  15. Kathryn

    As a Christendom grad, I was hoping that was the college they would pick! I'm sure they will love it! The newer asst. chaplain, Fr. Tom S., offers the Trid Mass and gives great homilies / confession / retreats. You usually deliver your babies early, correct? Hopefully little miss will come early, but term, so you can enjoy everyone together before the boys head off to college!

    2019-05-13 15:29:24

  16. Melanie

    I did some serious ugly crying the day we dropped our oldest at Benedictine. <3

    2019-05-14 01:36:35

  17. Christine M.

    Congratulations to James and John! Prayers throughout this time. God bless!

    2019-05-14 05:20:09

  18. Liesa Gonzalez

    Are all of your kids enrolled in Kolbe? I see that you use various other curriculums and I am wondering if Kolbe allows you do use other materials? I am loosely using MODG and various other materials and wondering what I will do in the future.

    2019-05-15 14:57:49

  19. Guest

    Congratulations!!! I’m super happy for them! God’s blessings!

    2019-05-15 19:10:02

  20. Angelique

    Congratulations! I would love a detailed review of Kolbe if you ever have the time (I hate to even ask). Their website doesn’t offer as much info as others do but what I’ve seen has been really impressive.

    2019-05-16 23:02:17

  21. Stephanie

    Jessica…I have been a reader for…it seriously feels like almost a decade. I found you when I finished up my military payback for college and was a full time mom of three little girls…who had no clue how to do motherhood! I’m now a mama of six and I wanted to say YOUR joy and family have been so inspiring! So…just writing to say BEAUTIFUL job with your sons…love how you and your family are Kingdom Building

    2019-05-17 04:12:05

  22. Laura G.

    Hi, Jessica. My oldest son will be a senior in our local public high school this coming year, and we are looking for good authentic Catholic colleges as well for when he graduates next year. We live here in California and our choices are few and far between, many of the schools are Catholic in name only. If I may ask, what other colleges were your sons looking into? We are pondering Franciscan University of Steubenville, but would like some feedback if you have any. Thank you and God bless – Laura G.

    2019-05-25 13:33:12

  23. Christina

    Congratulations to the boys as well as you and your husband! I have been following your blog for a long time and I can't believe how old they've gotten! Thank you so much for all you do on here! You are a true inspiration to many Catholic moms around the world! My mom and sisters and I mention your blog a lot!

    2019-06-05 15:50:45

  24. Cat

    Praying for you and the peace that comes with knowing God’s timing is love and mercy! God bless you!

    2019-06-08 00:58:00


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