We have been back in the school routine for a couple of weeks, and it really is going very well. In fact, if it can just keep going like it is now, we’ll have a fantastic year!
John has officially made it to his senior year. He is very excited about graduating and beginning college next year. Everyone asks what his plans are, and he’s still in the process of getting that narrowed down. He has his options narrowed down to 2-3 schools and is interested in studying physics, math, music or a combination of those subjects. He has a pretty good line-up of senior classes and is really enjoying A Beka Academy speech class. I almost wish we hadn’t have waited until his senior year for this class because it is so full of good, practical information for life, but I don’t really know when else we could have fit it into his schedule either. It is only a semester, so to fill the other semester he is going to take a family consumer science course–which we will all enjoy because there are lots of food labs! :)
Brock is a sophomore and is really enjoying his Spanish class. I am thankful for that–John didn’t enjoy it so much. He is looking forward to being a junior next year when he will be old enough to participate in some of the college music classes like John has done.
Cosette is in 8th grade this year, and Luke is in 7th grade. They just keep plugging away at the A Beka Academy curriculum–not much new to report there. They are both enjoying their music lessons and are looking forward to participating in the college musical (hopefully) again.
Kara is in 5th grade, and she is very happy to have a “new” desk. She had used one of our little desks for so long–she really needed something different last year, but we didn’t do anything about it. This year, she is using the desk that I had when I was growing up, and she really enjoys having a bigger work area! She is still working on the trumpet every day and enjoys playing the piano.
So, life keeps us busy! And, there are several outside-of-school things going on for us this year as well. John, Brock, and I (and maybe Cosette?) are going to write another library readers’ theater script, but this year we are going to start completely from scratch. I know: that’s kind of scarey! I am also helping to rewrite and lead a melodrama play that will be part of this year’s barbershop concert in the early spring. The barbershop director wants people not in the chorus to do the acting, so that cuts out John, Brock, Luke, and Dan. I am planning parts for Cosette and Kara, so they will enjoy that.
A big new project for me this year will be helping with our local Christian School’s Christmas program. This will be an exciting adventure, to say the least, but I am sure that it will be a good, rewarding experience. As my own kids grow up and leave home, I’ve always considered helping with music at this school, so this will be a small way to get started with that. Right now I am looking through scripts trying to find just the “right” one. Once the program is selected, I’ll need to get back with the school to arrange practices.
My new saying is this: Life sure is lively! I am thankful for every opportunity, though. It is a blessing to be busy in meaningful, purposeful pursuits!
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