Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Photobucket The Rest of Tuesday (for my family and friends who read because this is a family blog that recounts our life) LOL

Jamin had an unfortunate experience with his MP3 player. He left it in the restroom at Chick Fil A and someone took it - THAT QUICK! I picked him up after work and took him to the bank to deposit checks, to buy a new Zen, and to Best Buy to check out laptops (he's in the market for one so that he can WRITE whenever he wants).

Nolan is really, really reading well. He doesn't think he is but he has suddenly leapt forward...and I'm thrilled. Zander still doesn't see a reason for school. I'll start real school in a few months with him.

I began playing in the kitchen and was going to make something simply fabulous tasting.....when I realized my one 9x13 pan had lasagna in it that the family would pull out for Encore Presentation tonight (along with other 1/2 eaten meals). I left the mixed ingredients and will finish it tomorrow.

Bible Study - well - YUCK! What? Yuck? The study I picked for us to do for 5 weeks is simply NOT WORKING. I realized on the way home tonight that I don't enjoy doing my personal work, and I don't enjoy leading it.....that's not like me. I LOVE to see lightbulbs during teaching. This study is 75% reading cutesy "real life" stories and "case studies" and "group exercises" and oh yeah "here's a passage if you want to study it - but how does this make you feel?" I am known for telling groups "I don't care how you feel about it. I don't care what you think it means. I want you to do the work and tell me WHAT IT MEANS. Then let's talk about how to walk it out. " OK - do not harass me - my ladies love me and know that I do care how they feel....it's just that our emphasis is on the Word and I trust the Holy Spirit to lead them to proper application for their life. I don't have to give them ONE application. I thought I should stick this out. On the way home I realized that if it were a homeschool curriculum and not working - I'd tweak it. I talked with Mike (our advisor) and Debbie (our VP) and both agreed that I should move on. I sent out an email telling everyone. We spent three weeks studying Bible Study Methods, we spent 9 weeks inductively studying Ephesians and the women want the WORD. Pray with me in the next couple of days as I figure out where we are going. I can't order more books. I don't know that I can write a study staying one week ahead.....We shall see where God is leading us. I love these women. Old Fashioned Bible Study use to mean a teacher lecturing....but I like students to do homework before Bible study - so I don't want to go to THAT.

Jamin and Mike went to a dual credit workshop at the local university. He'll take the ACT and we'll go from there. He is seriously considering taking classes at the university his Senior year - next year.

Josiah is looking for an apartment. I'm planning what furniture and heavy items can go with him. LOL

Zander pulled out his tooth. He wanted to tell me all about it - but I don't do teeth. ugh.

That's all I can think of that I did today.


PhotobucketPassover??? What Happed to Purim?????

ACK – I missed Purim. Oy vey! Now my children are all excited to celebrate Purim, because we hit week 24 in TOG (yes we ARE behind most of y’all and that’s FINE with us LOL), and we missed Purim LAST MONTH…..I guess we’ll do it now. LOL

We hadn’t decided if we would celebrate Purim, as strictly speaking it isn’t a holiday given by God – but from Mordecai and Esther….. However, it sounds like so much fun! I loved the way Jews for Jesus describe the holiday in, Walk with Y'shua through the Jewish Year. I thought the tie ins to our modern walk with Christ were great. It does focus on a princess, and it IS about courage - themes we are already addressing.

It WOULD be fun to do a Purim Pagaent complete with boos and hisses and wild cheering, and dressing up.....We may even find a few families to do this one with us.....and the whole bring something to give away is a practice we've been meaning to implement with birthdays - we just haven't had any birthday parties. This could be fun. It won't happen THIS week - shew what a week is coming up....and not next weekend as I have PWOC Traveling Training, and the Friday night after that is a PWOC Project Night....but it will happen! Probably when least expected. ::snort:: Has anyone else ever celebrated Purim? Any tips to share? What was fun and meaningful? What wasn't? Our main goal in celebrating Biblical Holidays is to expose the children to the amazing connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament.