I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks because we've needed time to transition with all the changes that a new school year brings. Two in particular have been major.
Numero uno is homeschooling. There were several moments, the first week in particular that I wondered what we were thinking when we decided to homeschool--I even had thoughts of re-registering Grace for pre-school a couple of days late. After months and months of research and prayer, I had felt pretty certain that this is where God had been leading us, but was really wondering if I had missed something. Now that we're getting in to a bit of a rhythm with it, and the onslaught of Facebook status updates proclaiming how wonderful it is to send your children off to preschool have subsided (no offense if you yourself were a culprit--I know that no harm was meant!:), I'm so glad that we made this choice. I know that it's not the right choice for every family in every season, but this year (or semester--who knows!) it is the right choice for us, and God has been so gracious to show and remind me how much our family is being blessed by it.
A couple of days before we began homeschooling, Grace went to the chalkboard and wrote her name on her own. She had never done this before, and it was so cool to be reminded of how eager she is to learn.
Next major transition is that Jamey was offered a job with the company he worked for this summer only a few days before he was supposed to go back to school! We had been wondering for the past several months how we were going to live paycheck to paycheck this next year after almost emptying our savings accounts to pay for the adoption, receiving a substantial paycut due to our state's new budget repair bill, Jamey stepping away from his position as a football coach because we thought we'd be going to get Lincoln this Fall, and adding another mouth to feed. God totally showed up, and I get goose bumps thinking about how faithful He has been to provide for us as we've stepped out in faith to follow His call to adopt. It has been bittersweet for both of us for Jamey to step away from his teaching career, and all the students and fellow staff members that he grew to love, but we are very confident that this is where God wants him for now.
Grace, Jamey and Siena on Grace's first day of Pre-K homeschooling and Jamey's first official day with his new position.
Do not become weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.