We did not graduate from 5th or 6th or 8th or any grade except when we finished high school. Yet, I have to say I think these graduations can play a meaningful role in our kid’s lives. And the Scofield Christian School graduation was pretty special. The kids gave their testimonies, a local youth pastor gave them a challenge for high school, the kids gave roses to teachers that they appreciated, the 6th grade teacher gave a description of the character of every individual student, and then the principle described and thanked the parents of each student. Wow! Way to go Scofield! It is a sweet place. And we are thankful that they let our kids join in the middle of the year. It was where they attended before we left for Costa Rica and Peru, and it was a good place for them to attend on coming home. They remembered their friends, and their friends remembered them. It allowed them to readjust to an American schooling system in a friendly and safe environment with great Christian teachers who would not allow them to slip through the cracks. We love Scofield!
We enjoyed some of the best parts of the Hill Country this last weekend. And those “best parts” were our friends. You can be anywhere and be content as long as your friends are there with you.
Working on memorizing the first amendment of the Constitution. There are lots of unusual words for a 12 year old.
Peter has successfully completed sexto grado at Colegio Diospi Suyana! He started three years ago in 4th grade, not hardly speaking a word of Spanish (in a school where not a single student or Peruvian teacher can speak English), and now he is a fluent Spanish speaker excelling in his classes (at least the ones that interest him). Can you imagine the challenge of changing schools, learning a new language, studying in a different type of educational setting while dealing with the stresses of living cross culturally? He is a champ! We are proud of you Peter.
How much happier we’ll be if we rejoice for what God is doing here and now, every day and every hour of our lives. Why wait many years — or until we’re with the Lord — to look back and say, “God, I finally see that you were at work even in those hard times; I wish I would have trusted you then”? I have a friend who genuinely believes that nearly every meal, get-together, retreat, or vacation is the best he has ever experienced. This makes him fun to be with. His capacity to enjoy the moment and savor present happiness becomes a treasured memory of past happiness. After every time we’ve been with him, it seems, he texts me, saying, “That was the BEST dinner and most FUN time we’ve ever had.” I smile and enter into his happiness. The present is the only place we live. Happiness in God should be more than memories and anticipation. Circumstances constantly change, and good news comes and goes, but we should look to God for happiness now. Why? Because the Good News of happiness has come, it is still here, and it will never go away!
Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (pp. 50-51). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
When I go camping I imagine views like the following.
But when my boys go camping, they imagine playing with fire.