Here he is with Shaun's Mum.
Some of his siblings & cousin, Cheyanne.
Hangin' w/ Mom on the Hammock
Hogging the Hammock
and with his lovely gal, Jenna!
Martin asked "Uncle Shaun" to be his confirmation sponsor recently and we wanted to have him down for a visit to talk to him about getting ready to be confirmed and just get to know him a little better. Turned out to be a BUSY weekend for a visit... more like a "Lenten Retreat" for this teen... and NO that wasn't planned, just happy coincidence.
Friday night Martin came down with 5 of his 6 brothers and sisters. He's the oldest of 7 awesome "Fullens" and was probably shocked with the quiet time. After everyone left, he and I talked music & he seranaded me with his new Mandolin!
Saturday we went out for breakfast at my FAVORITE breakfast place ever, Cobblestone's in New Bedford (the BEST ever)...
& then off to Adoration at the chapel to fill in for someone's holy hour.
We headed home to get ready for the teenagers piling in to our home for "Movie Night". We had about 15 Youth Group members sprawled everywhere on couches, chairs and floor. They sucked Martin into their group, broke out Guitar & Bongo drums and made him an honorary "band" member. I LOVE it when these kids hang out and couldn't help but hope my little one ended up SOMETHING like one of these guys or gals.
Sunday morning I sang the 8:30am Mass and met Uncle Shaun & Martin for our monthly "Prayer day". We were all wiped out after that (Praying is beautiful but can be exhausting...well... everything's exhausting for me lately). I needed a nap, so everyone crashed for a few hours before heading to dinner & some deep conversation about Martin's upcoming confirmation and "goals in life". (I'm so impressed with him and his faith.) We headed home to Worscester and I felt so blessed to have been able to share our weekend and lives with these awesome teens. I know they say "teens are tough" but I just love them & am so inspired when I see parents who have worked so hard to instill the faith in their young ones through a consistently solid example... and then it actually pays off! I always learn how MUCH these kids are watching their parents (...I know everything!!!) and either desiring to be like them or scandalized by them. I have so much to learn... and SOON....Thank you guys for the lessons in parenting!