Perhaps I will always see it this way, then again maybe not, but I always think of a school year as the time that runs our lives. And why not? 32 out of the past 43 years have been spent with a school schedule (mine or somebody else’s). So it is rather pervasive in how I think about time.
I’m currently in the throes of the last week and a half of school with the kids. My Chris got suddenly scooped away to Mesa, AZ for the week, which completely puts my brain in a muddle. In the midst of the muddle, and as a bear with little brain, I can only do one thing…hold fast to Jesus’ hand. So here is our year in review.
Another aspect of it all is my work. If you all would pray, I would greatly appreciate it. I need the Lord’s direction this week, which will impact our summer and the fall, too. Thanks so much for praying–it affecteth and availeth much.
And I have fallen prey to KJV language…ahem.
This past year has been one of great growth for these first two. They are making strides into adulthood and I am stepping back a bit, praying more and adding a directive word (and praying over that word and them even more!) now and again.
Noah is just finishing his tenth grade year. He is a fine young man. Conscientious and caring. He is also really funny (thank you, Chris, for the funny gene–it has kept me sane). He is super smart and about to begin driving, too. When I see this face, I always think: this is the one for whom I prayed. He’s yours, Lord. And…he is. I anticipate the next two years so much–mainly because I have a feeling they will impact us ALL as a family. I anticipate them with much joy.
Kylie is about to step into her freshman year of high school. How can that be? She is bright, witty and beautiful. He heart is caring. She sees the unseen and she makes a difference everywhere she goes. She loves to worship the Lord. She loves to sing and play the piano. This year, we have seen her make great strides in both. This girl came and changed our world 14 1/2 years ago…and she still is. Our Kylie is going to make some big waves for the kingdom of God. And I cannot wait to watch it unfold…I am watching and praying even now.
For these next two, we have seen so many changes and are finding that our hearts will never be the same, because they are here. And we are so glad that God allowed us to have a family of four and not just two (do you know, after I had Kylie, the nurses asked if I was done, since I had a boy and girl–under anesthesia I was perplexed that they would ask such a question. But I didn’t know then. I just knew I was willing for God to lead us to have more children–some of birth and some “adopted” ones God brought our way over the years).
Tabor is beloved by all. He is kind, generous, cuddly, and funny. And honestly? He is like a bull. A gentle bull. But he can bowl you over with his hugs. He is thick and strong. Daily he is in his devotions. He is seeking God unprompted by us. He is a friend to many–and a friend for life. We all love how he thinks. And it is hard for him to stop. Sometimes he gets completely stuck on a topic and wants to talk and talk about it. I think this will be the area God will most use him–he is both wholly focused on one thing and oblivious to everything else. It is both funny and trying. But again, who can’t love this face?
Sydney is spirited. She says things that make us laugh–outside the box kinds of things. She is full of life and love for all. And she dances and sings all the time. Her desire to know is contagious. She is a seeker. And I believe it will serve her well over the years. She loves Jesus and will ask insightful questions for a 7 year old–again outside the box kinds of questions. I love that about her. We are really striving to set her up for success in the classroom and in life, as we have taken her out to homeschool her this year (and likely next). Reading is harder for her, so we are really working on both phonics and a special program for dyslexia. I believe in the long run, we will have an avid reader, because of this choice to homeschool. I am truly enjoying it so much, as well! When God gave us Sydney, He gave us a true bundle of JOY. We love being her parents and watching her grow!
For these last two, we have been given the privilege to be their host family this year. They have marked our homes in wonderful ways. We have grown to love them as our own, and yet they are grown young men. They have made quite a wave of impact in our corner of the globe. I know their parents and families are so proud of how they have served our community to lead young men and women to know Christ.
Jamie (our Filipino) is delightful and delighted. He is FULL of energy and I often say he is like Richard Simmons–always ready to go and do and thrive right in the place God has planted him. His enthusiasm is delightful and contagious. He is thoughtful and caring and sensing. And he is on the cusp of a new chapter in life. We pray for Jamie–for God to bless him and use him, wherever he is called in the future. We love this young man and are glad to have learned from him.
is gentle, kind and insightful. He is watchful and quick to step in to help. He has a sensing nature and sets a lovely tone wherever he goes. Mostly this year, we have seen Jo grow in his knowledge and understanding of faith and of God. He is a student of God. And we love that about him. I am thankful for Jo and pray that God will direct his steps in such a way that he carries the light of Christ to dark places. Jo has an uncanny ability to make a difference. We love him so!
We will never say we were sorry to host these boys. They have made such a beautiful impact on our family.