We are full force into “end of school wind down” around here. Tomorrow night Josh will be singing with his school choir in their end of the year program, we had our last parent/teacher conference of the year and there has been the last field trip of the year. In the next couple of weeks we’ll have an awards program and a last day of school classroom party. For the rest of us in the family, we’re seeing our calendars open up over the next few weeks as various other activities come to an end for a summer break. WOW… I am ready!! :)
All of these things bring me very naturally to my list of thanksgivings for this week…
* I am thankful for summer break! Every one of us needs a couple of months where the schedule slows down a bit and we can just “be”. Oh, how I’m looking forward to no homework in the evenings, no lunches to fix to take to school, and no weekly scheduled extra curricular activities. I’m looking forward to freer evenings and being able to sleep just a little bit later in the mornings.
* I mentioned above that we had our last parent/teacher conference this week. I am so thankful it went well. Josh is doing great in school! Earlier this year he was struggling so much with getting his work done in class and with paying attention in class. However, over the last 6-8 weeks Jeff and I and his teacher have seen such a huge change. It’s like he has suddenly figured out this school thing and “gets it”. Two months ago his teacher expressed concerns that he would struggle with the extra work he would have added with 2nd grade. This week she told me she no longer has any concerns and knows he will do great in 2nd grade!
* I am thankful for the teachers Josh has had in school to date. One thing about the kids starting school is that you can’t pick the teachers they have and you can’t pick the people they’ll be around every minute of the day. But we have been blessed to have excellent teachers that were just perfect for Josh the last two years. They have both been women that loved every child placed in their classrooms and they have been Christian women. While they are unable to verbally teach their children about the love of the Lord, they are able SHOW them the love of the Lord. And, believe me, each of these women do just that. I have had several conversations with both of them about their faith and how they live it out in their lives. What a wonderful foundation these women have provided Josh as he has started out this time of education in his life.
* I am thankful for the fun summer activities we have ahead of us! We've already got a sleepover scheduled and a trip to Missouri to see family. We also have VBS in June which is always something we look forward to around our house. And probably in July we’ll take a long weekend for a short family trip of some kind. Both Abby and Josh also have a few fun field trips scheduled through their summer child care program. They always look forward to these and are a bundle of energy and excitement as they anticipate each one.
As we wind down and head into summer there are many reasons to be thankful. To join us in sharing our thanksgivings, visit Lynn at "Spiritually Unequal Marriage".