If I were more diligent at posting these "everyday" kind of posts, I could probably have far more impact with these. Pray for me.
I can’t believe it’s Saturday already! We’ve had an unbelievable week, and I thought I’d share it:
Sunday: the service was awesome. Our pastor, like perhaps many others, has been preaching powerfully about the supernatural abilities of God after the natural systems of man run out. If the bailout worked, man would get credit. However, our God is faithful to bring us out as only He can. Our task is to not place in what we see. I know friends, some of you, in fact, who’ve lost homes, who’ve lost jobs, and some who’ve lost both. Even in the midst of where you’re walking, the Lord can set you up for unprecedented signs and wonders. All things work for good…
Our baby was baptized! She told us about her decision on last Sunday, and after talking about it all week, she got into the baptismal pool, then decided that she didn’t want to go through with it. Laying her head back made her think she’d drown, so after we tried to calm her down, the Youth Pastor thought it wasn’t a good idea. We want her baptism to be a good experience for her, she said. So, out of the pool she came. Once she got out, I was able to talk to her about the process and how it would go—again. With a cooler head, she walked back into the pool and dunked herself, right between the words ‘Son and the Holy Ghost.’ I know the Lord will use that independent spirit in a mighty way. And, though it’s not the equivalent of a nourishing word or a child’s baptism,
The Steelers won! The Steelers won! The Steelers won!
Monday: we’ve never observed Martin Luther King’s birthday as a holiday, moreso because of logistical reasons than anything else. Normally we take a 3-week vacation, meaning that we would have just started school in the second full week of January. It takes a lot to get everyone back in the groove, and I can’t stand to break the little bit of momentum we do have, so we just keep rolling. The oldest finished her work early—a rare treat for us all, so she and I worked on her sewing project that night. The online Bible study sheets I found for studying the Revelation are really paying off; we’ve been able to walk though the Word leisurely, gleaning rich treasures from God’s message to each church.
Tuesday: we allowed the kids to watch the Inauguration as they completed their work. Tuesdays and Thursdays are short days for the older two, and this was a moment in time that even I wouldn’t be too consumed with a schedule to miss. The kids performed well in dance, and the oldest finished her work early again, so she could actually come home and relax a bit before bedtime. Did I mention that, minus a cover page and one final edit, I am finished writing the Harlem Renaissance unit study? Praise God!
Wednesday: this is our longest day, generally speaking, but we clicked on all eight cylinders. Tonight was the oldest’s night to help at the recital. On last week, the teacher, now 7 months pregnant, was unexpectedly absent. Guess who taught class, almost alone! She came home so proud of herself and her ability to manage a group of 3- and 4-year-olds. I had to tip my hat off to her—I probably would have cancelled class. She was on a roll, finishing early today, too! Our son also has yet another special part in his tap class; at the rate we’re going with his solos, duets, and special roles, he might need a new hat.
Thursday: we have another short day, by design. The new dance teacher has the oldest’s curves moving like a Beyonce-wannabe. We’ll have to be careful about what knuckleheads come to this year’s recital. At this point, I’m behind where I wanted to be with grades for the big kids, but hopefully with some sleep, I’ll be able to get more done tomorrow. I also had a last-minute faculty meeting in my e-mail, meaning that I now have a meeting on Friday night when I’d planned to wrap up grades—UUUGGGGHHHHH!! Anyway, I’ve become a fan of the X Games, and tonight was the opening night of the Winter Games. I fantasize that, if I were 20 years younger, I might like to hang suspended in the air from a snowboard and then spin a couple of times. Hey, we all can dream, right?
Friday: The oldest is on a tear, finishing early every day this week! I was able to focus on grades this morning, finishing everything I needed to get done so as not to have to come home tonight and get back on the computer. Unfortunately, this was at the cost of the youngest’s schoolwork. The superhero took her with him to the grocery store—throwing in the few extra goodies just because you’re there: priceless. I went to my meeting, which actually turned out to be quite productive.
This Saturday morning, because the week went so well, I have few grades to complete, but plenty of time to catch up on my friend’s blogs, and to sew with/for the girls. I even managed to cook dinner this morning (we’ll clean the fridge of leftovers for lunch)–enchiladas, and a blueberry cobbler.
Hope you had a blessed and good time, too!