this post in a personal note from Kristin…
Last fall, we hosted a Family Portrait Month where all the proceeds of your session fees were donated Dando Amor, a very special charity that serves orphanages in Ecuador and Haiti. We were able to donate thousands of dollars last fall and we absolutely plan on doing the same event this year! This month, we wanted to do something special in honor of our Mothers and thought it would be nice to use the money directly in our own community. I soon realized exactly who I wanted to give this money to; an organization that I feel has enabled me to be more of the mother I want to be.
When our oldest little boy, Win, was coming of school age, this presented quite a dilemma as it does with most parents. The first time you have to make the decision of where your “baby” goes to school is incredibly difficult. What made it slightly more difficult is that Paul, as many of you know, was homeschooled all the way through school. His oldest brother, Robert, was actually the first home schooler accepted as a freshman at the University of Florida. I think Paul always hoped we could homeschool our children, but when we looked at our lives and how Footstone was such an integral part of it, how was that possible? It seems impossible to work and homeschool your children, doesn’t it? But it’s not.
Cornerstone Academy has allowed our family to structure school around our lives, instead of vice versa. If that makes sense? Win goes to school only 3 days a week and the other 2 we homeschool. What that means is when Paul and I are working most Saturdays, it’s ok… because I have Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at home with my boys. Now, I can share personally with you how our homeschool days are structured if you’d like more details, so we’re not technically just “off”, but I’m so grateful that Paul and I have been able to continue pursuing our dreams with Footstone, while our family remains a strong priority and has not sacrificed one bit.
The vision statement of Cornerstone’s is “To further impact this community and the world with young Christian leaders who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God.” Win has loved every moment of going to school as the environment is so incredibly loving while absolutely challenging. They not only challenge him academically, but they challenge our entire family emotionally and spiritually. We’re given constant reminders about where our focus should be.
My family is so grateful that we have the love and support of the amazing administrators and teachers, plus the encouragement and friendships of the other parents. I’m challenged by these woman, especially, to be my very best for my husband and children. The most unbelievable part is that Paul and I are able to stand firm together in our roles in Footstone and that’s something that both of us cherish.
So our offer is… for each family or baby portrait session in the month of May, we’re giving the proceeds of your session to Cornerstone’s Scholarship Fund. I personally know families that would cherish the opportunity to attend this school, but would need the financial support in order to make that possible. Paul and I would be incredibly honored to work with your family this month, so please call me at the studio today and we’ll start planning! I’m also more than willing to share personally with you about Cornerstone and Win’s experiences so far.
And remember, with your session, mom gets a special gift basket including gift certificates to Cloud 9 Spa, Embers, Patticakes Bakery, The Perfect Gift, plus make up gifts and other special personalized items from Footstone.
Contact us to get started planning your session! We can’t wait to hear from you!
352.562.3066 or email@example.com