Wow! It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks lately. So much excitement, so much love poured out. In my last post I talked about Christmas coming early this year, well the blessings have just kept on pouring in. Our daughter is here, visitors have worked to ready the school, another delivery arrived, and so much more. It is hard to express how very grateful we are.
It all began a couple of weeks back, just after Santa dropped off his presents for us. Ted and I made a trip out to the airport to pick up our own precious present.
Yep, there she is!
We could not have been more excited! Well, maybe if Nathan had been able to come with her, but he will be here soon. Katie was the first of our new teachers to arrive and with her arrival, the countdown to school began.
A couple of days after Katie arrived, some more family type company came calling.
For the first time since June 2012, the Newcombs and the Erskins were together again. For those of you who don’t know them, Steve and Charlotte’s daughter Andrea is married to our son Matt. So, we decided that makes us out-laws. The Newcombs arrived with their friends Steve and Linda and two 50 pound suitcases brimming with goodies for us to share with our friends!
I spent an entire evening just going through all the goodness! There were CORN TORTILLAS, salsa, vitamins, aspirin, pens, pencils, dry erase markers, construction paper, CHOCOLATE CHIPS and so many craft supplies that it will keep all us teachers busy for a long time.
I mentioned to Charlotte that the teachers would like something to do besides grade papers in our spare time and she got busy bringing us so many fun things! There was fabric and patterns and yarn and buttons and all sorts of fun things to keep us busy. What a treat! You should have seen the look of joy on the ladies faces as they got to go through the treasures and pick out things.
But the best treat was all of the work that the two couples did for us around the school. They painted
and painted some more
Charlotte even found a bit of black tape to save the world!
Katie kept busy getting ready to teach.
Then in the middle of all of that painting and work, guess who arrived again!
Can you see why I am saying that blessings abound?
Yes, Santa was back again with more desks, more cupboards, tables galore
and so many bulletin boards and white boards that we feel totally rich!
So, what was our company doing after the truck arrived?
Why, putting up bulletin boards and dry erase boards of course. Come visit us and we will put you to work too :]
We did have some fun time together too. We got to worship together
and we had many fun times around the dinner table, eating and playing cards.
But the highlight of the time we had together was the second Sunday our company was with us. You see, the Newcombs and the Shorts aren’t actually painters and handymen by trade. They just wanted to bless us by helping out. They are in Europe with their drama program. They travel the US and internationally performing original musical plays for organizations (and yes, they travel with costumes, props and back drop!). So, the last Sunday they were with us, they performed for a local group. What a treat!
Such a clear and entertaining presentation. If you have an opportunity, you should go and see their play. Or better yet, you should get them booked for your congregation!
As the Newcombs and the Shorts were whirling around the school working, the teachers were arriving for meetings and planning. We had meetings on how to move on now that we are accredited, meetings about technology, and meetings about school safety (thank you Kelly for coming clear from the states to teach us – we learned much and appreciate all you had to say). Good discussions, good time learning together.
I made treats everyday to keep spirits up, of course, but the hit of the week was
chocolate chip cookies with real Ghirardelli chocolate chips! Really, chopping up a chocolate bar to make cookies is just not the same.
All too soon the big day had arrived. All the working and planning and decorating of rooms had come to an end. The day all teachers anticipate was here, the first day of school! And once again it went so smoothly.
Well, mostly it went smoothly, except for those clowns :] Every year we are scratching our heads on the first day, why does it just fall into place? I don’t know why we are surprised.
We have so many people who work so hard to make it happen and we have a great leader who is lead by an even greater Father.
On that day, as we said good-by to our friends, the Newcombs and the Shorts, we said hello to new teachers and to many, many new students.
Then to celebrate the beginning, our staff met once again – for the first Tuesday night dinner of the year. 18 of us dined together on nachos and watermelon.
18 of us ate and talked and laughed our way through the evening. A great start to what looks to be another great year!
Yes, we have been blessed beyond all measure as we begin this school year. Just merely saying thank you does not seem like enough, but I have no other words to express how extremely grateful we are.
Thank you to the Newcombs and the Shorts for pouring out their heart and soul just to bring a smile to the faces of teachers, students and to bless the hearts of a small congregation in Kosova.
Thank you again (and again) to Sonny Radar, the people at Western Hills Christian Church, and so many others who help them for sending us much needed equipment for the school.
Thank you to these guys for off loading so many treats.
We have to say many, many, many thanks to the wonderful people at IDES and Connection Pointe Christian Church for giving the money to ship these supplies to us. Without you (and so many others) all this would not be possible. We truly appreciate all you do, not only for us, but for many like us all over the world! You are a true blessing.
Thank you to the teachers and the rest of the staff for working their hearts out to make this little school run so well.
Thank you to Katie & Nathan, Doug, and Dustin, for seeing the vision just a few months ago and literally rearranging your lives so that kids here can soak up all you have to offer.
Thank you to all of you for keeping us in your prayers.
But most of all thank you to our Father for bringing us here, for keeping us and this school right in the palm of His hand, and for heaping blessing upon blessing on us through so many, many people around the globe.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21