Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I'm So Excited!!!

Some of you might be surprised to hear about this, but I just can't help it. NO, I'M NOT PREGNANT!!!! Just wanted to clear that up first. There is an issue that I've been praying about, and it looks like God is beginning to show me the path He would have me to take. As you know I home schooled the girls this past year. It was a good experience, and I believe we all learned quite a bit through it all. You also know that I used to teach in the public school system prior to this year. I was a middle school math teacher so please do not critique my grammer. :) Andy and I have been praying about the girls' education. Do we continue to home school? Should we seek out private Christian schools? Our desire is for them to receive a Christ-centered education first and foremost. We knew the public school system was not going to do that. So, I resigned from teaching public school to teach the girls at home.

Well, while I have enjoyed teaching the girls I have also missed teaching in a regular setting as well. I definitely DON'T MISS the stress that goes along with it. Most of the stress came from making sure enough material was covered so the students would be ready for the tests the state mandated. Then there's the stress of waiting to see how your students did. Did they improve from last year's results? What's the percentage of students that are advanced, proficient, basic, and below basic? And on and on and on!! I have missed making a positive difference in the lives of those students, seeing the light bulb come on over their heads when they finally get it, and having interaction with more than 4 people. :) I have a sanguine personality so that last one is pretty important. Please don't misunderstand what I'm sharing. I love my girls to pieces and have enjoyed investing so much of myself into them. But staying at home for me, as much as I would like to think that I can be Mrs. Suzy Homemaker and Mom of the Century, is not the easiest thing for me to do. I'm probably being more transparent than some of you want to read. :)

Anyway, this past year I wasn't completely happy with the curriculum I was using so I began researching other options once again. Teaching the girls this past year has given me good insight into how they learn. While looking at other curriculum I became curious about Christian private school options as well. My sister, Kari, is a member at FBC in Centerton, AR, and they have Lifeway Christian School. I had heard excellent things about it so I checked out their website. After finding out what their tuition was I knew the only way that school would be an option is if I taught there. Well, you can imagine my conflicting thoughts. If I felt called to home school, then why am I entertaining this idea? What is God's will concerning this for our family? Am I just being selfish and wanting out of the house? And on and on. So, finally I prayed and told God that if this was His will then He would have to make it happen. So, I went ahead and filled out an application, updated my resume, and turned it in to their office. I didn't hear from them for a couple of weeks so I called their office, but only to leave a message. Still I didn't hear back from them so I called again a few weeks later. Andy's suggestion was to just go up there, but I didn't want to arrange a sitter, drive to Centerton, and then not be able to talk to anyone. Plus, I was letting God take control right? :)

So, after not hearing anything from the school I decided that maybe this wasn't what God wanted. I started making decisions regarding the girls' curriculum for the next school year. Through all of this I was really at peace. I knew that God would provide for our family and give me what I need to continue to stay at home with the girls. I kept reminding myself that I was letting God have control of this one. Well, much to my surprise the Headmaster at Lifeway Christian School, Dr. Sneider, called me this past Tuesday. They have a middle school Social Studies position available. It will be a part time position this year, but become a full time position the following year. I have an interview with Dr. Sneider on June 18th at 10am. There are still some issues that have to be prayed through, but I'm just excited that I heard from them. I would have been happy to hear back from them even if it was that they weren't interested. I just wanted to hear SOMETHING. :)

I know this has probably been one of the longest posts I have typed, and I'm sorry if it hasn't all flowed very well. This has been on my heart, mind, and prayers for a few months now. I'm in awe of how God works when we let Him. Even if the interview reveals that this isn't the best option for our family, at least I was given the opportunity. So, if we are ever in your thoughts over the next few days we would appreciate your prayers regarding this opportunity. Our only desire is to be in God's will. He knows what is best for us!!

A side note: we have recently been approved and signed papers for a construction loan. We are adding on to our house, and it will double the square footage. We are extremely excited about this as well, but there will be much going on at our place this summer. So praying for that to go as smoothly as possible will be much appreciated as well. I'm sure the blog will be full of those updates as the summer goes on. Thanks!

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