Monday, September 8, 2014

A New Season Creeps Up

September crept up on me and I wasn't prepared for changing leaves and school buses whizzing past our home. I found myself reluctantly scrambling to get my head into the game of books and pencil crayons, of maps and field trips. But here we are, beginning our homeschooling again and as I waken earlier than I did all summer and remind children of chores and journals, I embrace the season and thank God for His goodness in every area of our lives.   
Verse for the year: "Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." Philippians 4:5
(because we need this one :)
Grade Two
Grade Four
Grade Seven
Grade Ten
Vanderkids--somewhat excited to be back at it ;)
 The teachers--praying for a diligent, God-seeking year!
How is it going for you?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Come One, Come All!

He raced toward me, face beaming red with a web pattern painted like Spiderman's. He held up his three tickets and then shoved them into his pants pocket and exclaimed that he was saving all of them for cotton candy. I laughed and reminded him the other two were for a drink and real food as he dashed off with his friend, Mark. He and the rest of the kids in our church, and the whole neighbourhood, have been waiting for this evening when our church throws the biggest outreach festival in the area. It's all for our community and we hope our message is clear that all are welcome to join the fun and the "family", if they need one.
And as a few more balloons floated from another chubby fist, and the cotton candy machine worked overtime, and the outdoor Veggie-Tales movie drew families and lawn chairs, we praised the Lord for the over two thousand people who joined us in celebration of summer's end. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the love of our generous God!