A very Merry christmas to one and all and a Happy New Year.
As we move into the season of christmas , we move closer not only to the end of the calendar year but also to the end of our second year of homeschool. As we look back on the year passing by I am amazed at how much we have learnt in the course of the year, not so much perhaps on the academics side of things though we have covered a lot, but more about who we are and how we work best.
It has been fun to follow some of Alana’s interests throughout this year and so we have learnt how a car works and moves, the ins and outs of an engine, levers and pulleys, boats and birds. It looks like next year will be kicking off with a project on clocks - so maybe we have a little scientist or inventor in the making!
Throughout the year we have also noticed areas where we have been lacking particularly in term of friendships and so have much to praise God for in the provision of a playmate, who lives close by and who is of the same age with similar interests, and with being able to join a regular Saturday club at a local church which is a little like scouts.
We still of course have much to learn and moving into the new year we will be trying out some new methods and slightly different approaches. Both boys will be attending the local nursery in the new year so that in itself will change the dynamics somewhat but will also give us a little more freedom to explore some of the other places around the city.
At the end of November we were all able to take part in the FH national retreat in Cochabamba which provided a refreshing (though rather tiring) break away from the concrete city. We all relished being able to be outside all day every day for the 4 days we were there playing in the open grassy spaces. During the retreat we were involved with leading the games sessions, then later on Ed was involved with sharing ideas on the new discipleship program due to launch in the new year.
As well as a time of relaxation and fun the retreat was also good for building up relationships, putting names to faces and building momentum and motivation for moving ahead into the new year.
It has not been an easy ride this year with lots of additional stressors on all levels but as we look to the new year we look to it with a fresh hope of what God has in store for us all including another job change for Ed, but more of that to follow in the new year.
Thank God for:
- Documents all present and correct
- Being a part of the FH retreat in Cochabamba as a family
- All that has been learnt through homeschool for both Alana and Sarah
Ask God for:
- Guidance in planning out next year and what to get involved with
- Clarity for Ed as he transitions into another new role with HR
- A fun and relaxing holiday period as we celebrate the birth of our wonderful Saviour
Ed, Sarah, Alana, Isaiah and Lucas