I am revisiting my views on children in the worship service. I was challenged on this by Rob Reinow, the speaker at last year's Awana conference in our area.
In Scripture, the children are present in their times of worship. He pointed out that in the last century, we have come up with a "better" way of reaching children at church. But looking at the numbers of teens and young adults walking away from their faith..... Something's not working.
So Paul and I made the decision to be in charge of our children's spiritual growth. We're not leaving it up to just what they learn in church. And one of those decisions was keeping our kids with us in the corporate worship service, so we share in that time and can discuss it during the week.
Which is easy when your kids do this during church:
But not so easy when you have a dramatic daughter who always ends up causing a scene when you walk away to do offertory.
I'm not sure I think that kids should be this involved in the service. :)
I took her to that side of the church to sit with her grandparents (who sit next to the piano), but she followed me up to the bench. It was easier just to leave her there than cause a scene. And she did very well! She only touched the keys once, and when she noticed everyone watching her, she sat very soberly and quietly.
Maybe she can start playing offertory next year. :)
Anyhow. The top thoughts were just so there was something of substance to post with these pictures. (Thanks to my sis Carlsie for taking the candid photos!)
(Okay, so that's a rock song. It only is a clever title if you know the song.....)
So, today..... We finally finished school.
IN MY DEFENSE, we've kind of had a big year. New baby, huge house project...... But seriously. Considering we started 1st grade for Nathan in April of his Kindergarten year..... It's kind of embarrassing that it took until August to get done.
We had about 10 "Spring Breaks" - as in "my kids are completely stir crazy and the weather is nice, so it's easier to just let them play outside literally ALL DAY LONG than it is to fight with them about coming in to do school" breaks. That was the biggest thing that set us behind. We were doing pretty good, even considering new baby last winter, until the weather got nice.
Several people told me that you don't have to finish the book. Public school standards are 80% of the textbook (I was told), and the first part of the year is all review anyways. But it's the principle of the matter! You're not done until it's finished! Otherwise it just feels like you're giving up and letting your kids win.
I have been starting school on the oh-so-appropriate Labor Day, but our kids are going to get lucky this year. Paul and I agreed we can't even attempt to start school until the house is completely finished, so it will be mid-September before we start. Maybe the later starting date will make me even more diligent to stick to it and not get behind.
(And Jacob is not finished with his preschool. But considering he doesn't even turn 5 until the end of October, I'm not worried about that at all. We will start Kindergarten whenever we get around to it..... Which will probably be right around his birthday.)
I believe I've ranted about boot shopping before.
But may I just say that I think it's discrimination, the fact that women's shoes come in half sizes, until you get to size 11, and then it's whole sizes. Because apparently when you have a larger foot, you quit caring about whether your shoes fit just right. Grr.
I am borrowing a pair of boots from my sister for the Horses, Boots, & Bibles kids' day camp. The soles on mine have completely disintegrated. I really like hers, but they're a tad snug. But if the next option is a whole size larger, I'll be slopping around in them.
As it turns out, there's a bootsmith in a nearby city. Getting my old (men's, I might add) boots re-soled will be less than half of buying a new pair, so that's what I'll go with. :)