Linking up to the Not Back To School blog hop. I didn’t take any official ‘back to school’ photos this year, so we took a few at the park and some of these are from the summer. Let’s meet the kids:
Hannah, 1st grade. Lover of otters, art, drums and the harmonica.
She can whip through a phonics book in record time, do her math with ease and play Ode to Joy on the harmonica.
She dislikes spiders, she wants to get a piece of her art in an art gallery like her big sister has done and she loves school…as long as it’s fun.
Grace, 5th grade. Lover of whales, worship dance, singing and Nancy Drew.
Grace can read faster than a lightning bolt, sing beautifully and climb a tree as quickly as a squirrel.
She dislikes writing, spiders and people who pollute the water that whales swim in.
Next up, Bethany, 8th grade. Lover of art, reading, designing paper dresses and dance.
Bethany has shown art in two locals galleries, she dances with joy, plays the guitar and likes science and reading.
She dislikes spiders (we all have that in common), word problems and annoying siblings.
Joel graduated last December and spent last semester working toward his private pilot’s license, which he attained in May.
This semester he’s taking the EMT course at our local community college. He likes flying, emergency services and reviewing video games.
He dislikes people who use grammar incorrectly, or us too many commas….or ellipses, to continue a sentence.
And then there’s us, James is a computer guy at NREL and I am a stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom with one graduate and three more to go. I strive to make learning fun and to do many things because life is an opportunity to learn. Four walls should not contain ‘school’; learning is so much more than 1+1=2 and memorizing dates in history.
Philippians 3: 8-16 (The Message)
Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness. 10-11 I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. 12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. 15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.