This week marked the end of Awana for the kids. I am extremely proud to announce Caraline, Ryan and Jonathan finished their handbooks! This is not an easy, peasy feat. Each one worked diligently, because they wanted to, to finish their books!
|Caraline receiving her T&T Handbook 1 Award!|
|Ryan was in charge of the American Flag Pledge the night he received his Sparks Handbook #2 Award! This picture was taken a few weeks ago. He finished super early!|
|Parents were invited to Jonathan's Cubbies class for the last performance of their club pledges and songs. And the culmination of all the Cubbies hard work ~ the awards ceremony! This took place on the last night of club.|
For a special treat third grade clubbers and up, who finish their handbooks, get to participate in Destination Unknown. It's a super secret five hour reward that includes lots of fun, team work and friendship building in small groups. Caraline was so happy to have been invited to Destination Unknown! She was a little apprehensive at first because no other third grade girl finished their handbook this year. She was worried about being the only girl in her grade level. So, I did call and talk to the Awana leader under the utmost secrecy about what would be happening during those five hours (and to volunteer as a chaperone). Being the mommy I am, I would've called to get the scoop anyway and volunteer to help out ---
What I heard was very exciting and I knew Caraline would have a BLAST! She would be in a group of all girls, albeit older girls (2 fifth graders and a female chaperone she knows well) - she is so mature for her age, we thought this would work out perfectly anyway. Hearing that I knew what would be happening, that her daddy and I approved and that she would be in a group of all girls helped settle her fears. In the days to come her excitement and anticipation of destination unknown grew by leaps and bounds!
Our official school year is over, but we of course are still learning. The kids are living outside from sunup to sundown, playing and exploring and observing nature. We are finishing up Charlotte's Web, Ryan is almost finished with Reading Eggs, Caraline is working through MathRider's timed math drills, and both are continuing to work through their Saxon Math workbooks. Jonathan unofficially began Kindergarten this week, and I didn't take any pictures!
And of course of review items, Prima Latina, Christianity Cove, Logo Adventures and Birdcage Press. We are having a lot of fun with each of these! I can't wait to share our experiences with you in June!
Caraline and Ryan are continuing their music lessons each week. They are also finishing up their last couple of weeks of gymnastics for the year. We typically participate in gymnastics in the summer months, but this year we are taking a break. ~ Jonathan had been doing Kindergym for a couple of years and finally had enough about a month ago. We went ahead and pulled him out of lessons. He was so ready to move up to the bigger boy class, but there weren't any openings.
~ Without getting into to much detail, this was a tough week for me physically and mentally. I was still uncertain about which foods were OK to eat and which were not and it was taking its toll on me. (I had a couple of anaphylatic reactions to food and could feel smaller reactions happening with many different but regular food choices from the past that I would try. I kept telling my doctors, please tell me it's panic attacks- please. And they wouldn't. They all thought it was true food allergies, but I was at my wits' end.) I'd lost eight pounds in a little over a week and a half, and I was trying very hard to rely on God and prayer to get me through.
I started reading Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus by Kyle Idleman along with my Bible Study of James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore and both were/are really resonating with me. These two studies truly go hand in hand. Couple that with our Bible Study group from church and all the sweet friends that are offering encouragement and prayer, and knowing in my heart I have God on MY side ~ and knowing that through trials I will become stronger and trials always work out for the good for those that love Him. I am finding peace and comfort.
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