On Monday our baby girl that we helped raised graduated High School. Time passes by so fast! It seems like only yesterday that I held her in my arms. She was so little- 5 pounds. I remember you could see through her little ears, they were so transparent. We would hold her up to the light- just to see how the light would shine through! I know- poor baby! We have loved her for so long and so much that sometimes we forget that she is not biologically ours. In our mind she is our baby girl and will always be.
Her "daddy" giving her a "look" because she had her boyfriend with her!
Well school is finally out! Yeah! These last few months have been so hectic and draining but we made it and now we have the summer time to get caught up on chores and housework and hopefully have time to rest a little. Still, I'm a little excited for school to start back up. We spent our faculty meeting yesterday planning some really neat new activities and programs for the children. I signed up to be over two new projects and can't wait to implement them in our school. I also have a new aide and I believe she will be a blessing to our school. She has worked with children before so I am sure she will fit right on in. Excited about another teacher hired. She will be one of my child's teachers and I think she will be great. I can't wait to see what God has planned for our little school. We all fall sometimes and no one is perfect but you have to keep striving to do your very best. At our meeting yesterday, there were tears shed and prayers lifted up. It is a healing process. God will see us through. Please continue to pray for God's will in our school and pray for healing for all associated with the school and church. Just have to show you a few pictures from the pre-k graduation - adorable. Thanks for all that helped out.
We are doing a little something different this year for the Pre-school graduation. If I would have thought of it earlier, I would have ordered their gowns a different color. Oh well- next year. The children are reading the book - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and they are singing their butterfly song. They are too adorable! We have been learning all about butterflies and hope that the butterflies all emerge by Monday so that we can release them on Wednesday, their Graduation Day. Our resident cake decorator- and she is really-really good at it- Hillary(Halli's Mom)- will be making our cake. I can't wait to see it. Stay tuned for pictures! Hope you all have a great weekend. I will be working in my yard again this weekend if every thing goes as planned.
Wow, what a wonderful night! Tonight was the Scholar's Awards night at our school. I was so honored that my child was selected to attend tonight. We use the Abeka program and in my Pre-K class the children learn to mark vowels, learn long and short vowel sounds, and learn blends so I know that the other classes are harder. I was so proud to see the few that were chosen to attend and I was especially proud that one of them was my son. Tracer received a medallion for Honor Roll all year , a 4-H Outstanding Member Award, and the OBCA 2013 Principal Award for Outstanding Character, Citizenship, Academics, and Values. He received a plaque, gift card, flash drive, cash, t-shirt, and more. This was something I did not know he was receiving and I was so in shock. Not that my baby is not awesome mind you- but I was still in shock and so very proud! I am so very proud of all the children that worked so very hard to be chosen to attend this awards night and I am so very thankful to the teachers at OBCA that work very hard to teach our children. Without them, it just would not be possible for our children to achieve the level of learning that they do. This is an awesome school with awesome teachers and a great group of children.
Two of my sons
One of Tracer's Favorite Teachers-Bro. Mel
The very reason Tracer got into 4-H and excelled at public speaking is because of another one of his favorite teachers-Mrs. Donna
Another one of his favorite teachers- In his own words- "Momma, Mrs. Fisher is hard but I know she only wants us to do our best." She has pushed him to do his very best and he has learned so much under her teaching.
One of his best buds- Erin. She always makes him smile!
Hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day! I spent this weekend having a really bad sinus infection and strep. Tracer had strep last Tuesday and I guess he shared! Gerald was finally off all weekend and spent it taking care of me and Tracer. I was so sick by Saturday afternoon that I wasn't even able to go and get my own mom a gift. Thankfully, she understood. Well- I'm feeling a little better now- not much- but some better after 3 days of Cipro antibiotics, other meds, and prayer. Tracer bought me the cutest note pad, a Books a Million gift card, and 2 tulip shaped, solar lights to go by my walkway. Loved-Loved- Loved! On another note, I hope that anything I have said or posted has not been taken the wrong way. I have never meant it to be in any way negative. I have been approached by 2 people asking if I am leaving this school. My answer is -that I will leave when I feel that God is thru with me here and has something else that he wants me to do. As of right now- I have no intention of leaving this school or my babies. I love what I do and I am looking forward to another great year!
Have you ever had a day where you have asked or wanted to ask- Why? Well, that is me today-well, really this whole month. Sometimes we don't know why we are chosen to go through a rough patch in our lives. Whether it be at home, our church, or our job, sometimes we face something we would rather not face. I love to tell the story about how I ended up here at this little Christian school. How I put a fleece before God and he answered it. How I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wanted me here. I wasn't even sure why but I came anyway. I watched as God blessed this little school. Not by making hundreds come in but by bringing the right ones here. I also saw that as time went by there were areas that we all failed at. But we are human and yes, we fail. We ALL do. Some way or another we all come short . That is where God's love, grace and most importantly forgiveness comes in. We must learn to forgive because God forgives us. Read John 8:7 And yes, I have found myself asking for forgiveness and asking God to help me forgive. I have said things that I regretted. We all have. My wish would be for those of you that feel like there has been an injustice done to you- pray for that person. When you talk about that person you are no better than them. A sin is a sin in God's eyes. Don't have a prideful and a haughty spirit because the Bible does say in Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." Our lesson at church not so very long ago was that when David sinned God touched the one that was closest to his heart. God always gets our attention. One way or another. Please ask God to guide you in your daily walk and talk. Listen to GOD. But remember- you have to be quite long enough to hear what he is telling you. He never leaves us - it is us that leaves Him. Continue to pray for our school and those associated with our school but most importantly pray for the children.
Sorry I haven't been on here much- It seems like I am so very busy lately. The children are all doing so good on their Abeka learning this year. Overall, they have just flourished this year. This is the first year that by the end of the year we will have completed ALL of their Abeka workbooks.! !! Wow!!! That's a lot of learning going on. After all these years, I still get so excited when they learn to put letters and sounds together to make words. Enjoyed a visit from my brother who lives in Austin, Texas now. He was come home for three days and we so enjoyed his visit. We hope to be able to make the trip to Austin this summer to visit him. The visit was especially nice since we haven't seen him since Christmas. I have also been enjoying planting flowers in my yard this spring. Working in my yard and planting plants just always make me feel closer to God. I was a little worried about our wonderful Louisiana weather destroying some of the plants but as of yesterday, it seems like only my foxglove plants are having issues because of the amount of rain we have had lately. I am loving having a former student and her meme living right next door to me! She has really transformed her yard with such beautiful plants! I love seeing all the flowers blooming and she keeps adding more weekly! It brightens my day. I love having her over to talk plants and flowers and my husband and son love that she brings sweets over every weekend! Who am I kidding? I love it too! Ha! On another note- Thank you all so much for making Teacher's Appreciation week so special and it is only Tuesday. Love-love my beautiful wall hanging, Teacher hooks, scripture measuring spoons (too beautiful to use), and I love my hydrangea plant. Thank you so much!!!! Every year I am so blessed with such wonderful parents and I also feel like you all go above and beyond. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.