I think I will take a little time today to post about schools and church.
For those of you who don’t know, Tim will be teaching at Southwood High School in Shreveport this year. He will be teaching three classes – Senior honors composition, Freshman honors composition, and a senior composition course. There is a possibility that he will also be helping out with the speech/debate team as well. I think later today we are all going to drive over so the kids and I can see the school. It’s about an hour south of where we live, so Tim will be commuting yet again. Of course, down here we don’t have to worry about commuting in the snow!
As for our kids, we are going to homeschool them again this year. Rebecca will be in 8th grade, Timothy will be in 5th grade and Linden will be in Kindergarten. Tonight is the kick-off meeting for C.H.E.F. (Christian Home Educators Fellowship). There are a few more regulations for homeschooling here than there were in Michigan, so we are going to learn all about them this evening. The local CHEF group appears to be pretty active – they organize monthly field trips, have park days, and host standardized test dates. In the next few days I will post a little more about our upcoming homeschool year.
I also thought I would include a few thoughts on our new church. Cypress Baptist Church is located in Benton, Louisiana, about 20 minutes from where we live in Plain Dealing. It is much larger than Faith – around 1400 members. Youth Sunday School classes are divided up by grade for preschool through 6th grade, so all the kids in Linden’s class are heading in to Kindergarten this fall and all the kids in Timothy’s class are about to start 5th grade. Rebecca’s Sunday School class is for girls in 7th and 8th grade. All of the Adult Sunday School classes are studying 1 Samuel. However, each adult class has a different study guide, depending on age/stage of life. For instance, the class Tim and I attend uses the study guide for parents.
We weren’t really looking for a church this large, however, it seems to be a good fit for our family and it meets a number of criteria that were important to us. The church is growing, carries very little debt, is mission-minded, and has an active youth group. Some upcoming activities for teens include – weekly girls’ bible studies, 5 more trips to Six Flags, and a mission week. Upcoming activities for youth include a local swim day and a day trip to two water parks in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
I think I have all the bugs worked out for posting pictures, so I will try to take some more today while we are out and post them this weekend!