July 31, 2008

Ready, set, go!

With my capable and creative Mom's help, I have 2 weeks of lessons plans ready for my students. Mom (Charlotte Laughlin) also serves as the principal of our school. She provides encouragement and incentives and even textbooks for the students. Our daughters are so eager to break open the new school supplies that we are going to start work on Monday, August 4. By Labor Day, we will be ready for a break.

God bless this home and all who teach and all who learn.

In other news, the kickoff party and first Encouragement Event will be held here at my house on Monday, August 11. Please pray for Living Water to be served that evening.

Also, this Saturday night, Dan is performing a set at Cup O' Soul Christian Coffee House in Winter Park. He will debut a new tune along with a list of his originals and other worship songs. And it's a date night for us. I guess that makes me a groupie.

Thanks for the encouragement that you all have extended to me as we "Go" therefore.

July 22, 2008

New Season

A new season of life. Around this house, I am cleaning out closets and getting organized. But also, we are also officially changing our focus to things Above. Yes, ok, we already live a deliberate life that ventures with the Lord.

But for the first time in a while, I feel the freedom to really serve Him fully.

So, what's changed? First, we have stepped out of our little school, where Julia has attended (and I have volunteered) for 5 years. We will homeschool this year: 5th grade for Julia (age 10) and kindergarten for Charlotte (age 5). William (1 year) will be majoring in cuteness and hopefully naps so that schooltime be productive.

Second, it is clear that this new flexibility in our schedule will allow me to pursue some specific assignments that the Lord has given me. The Lord and I have been discussing these plans for several years, and now is the time to take some steps forward. One assignment is a ministry to the discouraged and overwhelmed Christian. Communicating the hope and power of the Gospel is my desire.

Please lift our family in prayer during this transition time, and check in often for updates on our family's school projects and for information on "Encouragement Events" coming to a town near you.