Thursday, June 19, 2008

Kids at Camp and School Planning

The house has been empty again this week! Three kids were at New Life Camp, and one was at a basketball camp from 9am - 5pm. Me? I spent most of the week with my nose in my Tapestry of Grace Year 2 binders, or sitting at the computer reading online documents in preparation for teaching high school literature & writing in our TOG Co-op. I also priced 2 big boxes of books / curriculum to bring to the Lighthouse Used Curriculum Blow Out Sale on Saturday morning at Homelight Books (our wonderful local homeschool bookstore) !

I adjusted our Daily Routines (chores) list for one fewer "helper" at home this fall. And I printed off some other forms and charts to include as I put together my planner and the kids' notebooks for the new school year. Doesn't seem like much... but it is progress towards an organized start to school two months from now! That is the GOAL, at least.

One of the topics this week on a TOG forum that I read has been about being overwhelmed with teaching high school material, how much to attempt, how to prepare, and being afraid of not doing it right! The best advice given, I think, was just to START! It is too easy to let fear paralyze us and prevent us from even attempting that which appears difficult. If we just take a deep breath and "do the first thing", and then the next thing, and then the next, we may find that the challenge wasn't as tough as it first appeared.

There's a saying that I really like: " God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called!

Another important thing to remember : But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

How's your relationship with the Lord right now? Are you studying your Bible ( not just glancing at it ) every day ? Are you talking daily to God about your fears and frustrations, your hopes and dreams, your disappointments and blessings? If you are feeling anxious and afraid, then start right there.

And I'm preaching to myself!

Here are some New Life Camp photos from Early Week

New Life Campers are serious about carpetball...

and rock/paper/scissors ...

and tire tug of war ...

....and serving others

.... and having fun!


Creech Family said...

Good pics (and thanks for the reminders about the "important" things!) Take one of these days and come down to visit - I'll reward you with cucumbers and plum jam!!

Amanda said...

o my goodness...that picture was taken at like 12:30am..hahaha..

GrammaJelly said...

Thanks for the great, mom