Here are a few things I am thinking about this week . . .
We managed to get out the Christmas decorations before the Advent season began this year. So for two whole days, Charis begged me to let her “do” the Advent calendar before the first day. The first day to use the calendar came on Tuesday, which also happened to be the first day I started my new job. I got up at 6:15 that morning, and I was relaxing and thinking about my day when Charis appeared in the living room at 7:15. She said, “Do you know what day it is? It’s Tuesday. It’s the first day!” I asked her if she wanted to “do” the advent calendar without the other children, and she did. So she went over to the calendar, pulled out the scripture card and ornament for the day. The scripture was Psalm 100, and the ornament was a trumpet. We talked about what it means to make a joyful noise to the Lord, and how joyful we are that Jesus was born. I didn’t think of it then, but the trumpet is often used to announce the arrival of royalty. What a great way to start thinking about the coming of King Jesus! It was also a great way to start my first day of work.
The new job obviously brings more activity to our household. I am now gone for the whole day, and for the month of December, Mark has all 4 kids home for homeschooling. Beginning after Christmas, we hope to send the girls back to the Christian school they attended last year, and the boys will both continue homeschooling.
In addition to the job, we have basketball for Calvin. He had a game Monday evening, and their team played well and won. I am so happy with the homeschool basketball program he is in. It is so refreshingly different than youth league football. The coaches are Christian men who really care about the team members. I don’t worry about bad language or vulgar conversation. I don’t worry about the coach using inappropriate motivators to make the team work harder. It is a good thing.
Evangeline’s choir has several performances with the orchestra for the Nutcracker this weekend at the fabulous Fox Theater in St Louis; Calvin has an away basketball game; Nevin and Calvin have a choir concert, and we are throwing Nevin’s belated birthday party on Sunday afternoon. I’ll be grateful to rest at work when Monday comes!
Now for talk about the new job. Affirmation is the word that best describes how I feel in this new position. Day 1 was full of information and new people. My head was spinning with details. But in all that spinning, I felt very welcomed and appreciated–affirmed over and over again of my skills and gifts. I am not big into all the warm fuzzy talk, but I have to say I have been blown away by the consistent kindness of the people I am working with and the church members I am meeting this week. Part of the pastoral staff’s philosophy of ministry is something called “radical hospitality,” and the way I have been treated this week makes me feel like they really know how to communicate it to the church’s membership.
Day 2 was much more calm as I had more time to absorb information and look at things on my own. If I take things one day at a time, I think things will come together over time.
It is strange to not see the kids until late in the afternoon, but Mark is holding everything together well. Thanks to all who have been praying for us. It makes a difference.
One More Thing . . .
I wrote most of this post on Wednesday, but I didn’t get it up yesterday because I wanted to get the photo of the Advent calendar uploaded before hitting the “publish” button. So, today is actually Thursday, and it is my wonderful husband’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Mark. I love you.