Saturday, August 17, 2013

Another first

Yesterday we started school.  Oh my.  I'm not exactly sure what I'm getting myself into with trying to do kindergarten, but so far it feels a little overwhelming.  I'm not sure how people do it with more than 1 kid.  Last year Leah was usually pretty engaged, but after 2 days I think she's already a little bored.

The stories are longer, the information a little more intense.  I mean, it's a little complicated trying to explain that the sun doesn't move, but the earth goes around the sun, while spinning, while tilting (or not) while the moon goes around the earth.  I don't have enough hands for all of that!
This was meant for Noah, but how can we exclude the
little girl who always wants to do it too?

But Noah is doing great so far.  We started on a Friday because we're heading out of town on Tuesday to go to the mountains for a little break from the heat (and for mercy on poor Bart's allergies).  So we'll truck through until Tuesday and then take about a week off to start up again.  We couldn't really get behind because the chaos of our lives, visa trips, holidays, retreats, etc force us to take days (or a week) off from school.  And let's be honest, I don't want to be going into the end of June or even July with school.  That just doesn't sound fun for anyone.

Noah has been really excited for all of the new books.  Leah loves flipping through them and finding fun things.  The curriculum we're using does memory verses (with songs!) every week, so the kids enjoy that aspect.  Overall, Noah is loving all of the new games, tools, things that come with this new school year.  It is for sure a lot of work for him since he's a perfectionist (which means a ton of patience for me), but I think he's going to like it. He tells me he doesn't want to go to school and wants me to always be his teacher.  We'll see how long that lasts!
Working on our angry eyes.  This is something that started
from one of the Toy Story movies and has just carried over
into everyday life.  We give angry eyes on command,
although Leah does struggle with the serious aspect of it...

Leah on the other hand talks about wanting to go to school with Lucas, their Venezuelan friend. He of course is old enough for school, but she doesn't get that.  Her being the little social butterfly that she is would love to always be out and about.  She argues with us when we're out and we tell her we're going home. Even to the point of tantrums. Girlfriend loves to be out.  Or the fact that we have bars on our door and windows might have something to do with it (I'm also not a huge fan of the prison feel).  But we figure it out.

On a completely different note, we were able to Skype with the team that is coming in September!  They are all currently at the briefing in Chicago and we thought it'd be fun to chat with them a bit since we're obviously not there.  They were pretty blurry and it was hard to hear them, but it was great to at least feel like we could see them and try to connect a bit.  We're praying they continue to work hard at support so they can all come. Would you pray for our team, that they would be diligent and faithful to raising all of their support by September 1st?  We're excited for how this year's team is going to fit together!

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