Musings At the End of the School Year

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks in my area. My Facebook feed has been flooded with pictures of prom couples, sports’ playoffs, and finally . . . high school and college graduations. Yet another group of young people are leaving home and being launched into the real world of higher education and career possibilities. We remember attending numerous high school graduation ceremonies, watching former eighth graders in cap and gown four years later – it was always a moving experience.

Nothing really prepares either side for these milestones. Parents are losing daily interactions with their child, and this grown child is moving out into perceived freedom, but a lot more daily responsibilities. Lives are changed forever, hopefully in a positive way. Regardless of the upcoming challenges, our prayers are offered for all.

Congratulations, Class of 2018! May God bless you and your families.

Sue and Deidre

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One Voice At A Time . . .

The “Voices” were busy last week, but separately. Deidre traveled back to Orlando where we had met Mrs. Cash at the 2017 FACCS convention (see our earlier post  – “Inspiring Young Writers”). She was invited to meet and speak to Mrs. Cash’s class, and thoroughly enjoyed them. During our recent conversation, she remarked to me that they were beautiful sixth graders, attentive to her, and were a blessing. I imagine there were lots of hugs going on! 🤗 🤗 🤗 🤗

On Saturday, I attended a craft/vendor show in St.Albans, WV, and was extended an invitation as well. I will be returning to St. Andrew UMC in October to discuss our book for their Ladies Circle. I am looking forward to it, and am thankful for the opportunity.

God bless – Sue

 

Day #2

 

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Today is day #2 at the Midwest Great Home School Convention. It will be a test in endurance as we will be exhibiting and selling the book from 9:30-6:45, and then presenting a workshop from 7:00-8:00. Centrum and coffee don’t fail us now!

All kidding aside, “We can do all things through Christ.”

Together Again!

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Deidre and I are together at the Midwest Great Home School Convention in Cincinnati for the next three days. It’s always good to share, reminisce, and catch up.

Never Alone

 

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Recently Sue and I had a scheduled home school convention to attend together in Greenville, SC. However, as it turned out, Sue had a death in her husband’s family that would present a need for her to be elsewhere, thus leaving the Two Voices down to One.  When my husband and I finally arrived in Greenville, I began to prepare our sales and presentation table alone. While Sue had done this set-up part at book sales alone many times before, this was my first time and I felt anxious. I began to pray and I asked God, “How shall I let our audience know that the Two Voices are only One this time?” Then in that still small voice that God uses to speak to us, I felt Him press into my spirit, “You are never alone. I’ll speak through you as always, but for both of you this time. I am the other voice.” With that inspiration, I felt ready.

In addition, God sent more encouragement to me through three visitors, and all were very encouraging in various ways. One stood out, Beth, who gave me permission to use her name. When I questioned her about why she decided to begin home schooling, she shared that her daughter, Susan, had several problems at school that went unaddressed for a while, and her son, Ben, was struggling also due to typical reading problems. Her story had a happy ending as both children did well with homeschooling, graduated from college, and now have productive careers as adults.

As public school teachers, Sue and I had to learn another side to the education story:  that sometimes the best place for learning to happen continues to be the home with the loving tutorage of a parent. I asked Beth to give new or prospective home school parents some points to ponder when considering or doing homeschooling. She replied, “Embrace every season from the snotty nose, clinging ones who are too soon gone, to every moment that helps build relationships.” She also said “to travel, travel, travel with your children because it creates many teaching moments. They learn geography, you see life in action – reenactments, see the actual rain cycle as it falls on your windshield, and learn about different people and better ways to react to them through these experiences.”

I knew God had sent Beth and others to inspire me. It gave me the momentum to arrive at our workshop time with confidence and purpose. We opened with prayer and song, and I briefly told those in attendance about Sue’s absence. The rest of the session went well as things fell into place. No matter how frail, afraid, or alone you may feel, you are not alone. God is always there to support you and meet your every need. Acknowledge Him and look up – your Redeemer will draw near to you for He is the true “lifter of our heads.”

Deidre

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Prayers From Us

As teachers, every time the news reports another school shooting, we mourn over the waste of lives. Whether students, teachers, administrators, or others die, are seriously injured, or experience the trauma of such an experience, life is never the same for them and their families.

Our prayers are with those at Maryland’s Great Mills High School.

Deidre and Sue

Is it Spring yet?

 

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Despite having “sprung forward,” two Sundays ago, and the calendar saying that Spring is officially arriving today, I have my doubts about it! The weather is definitely having problems making up its mind, as evidenced by daffodils peering through a recent snowfall. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to warmer temperatures and all the activities that can bring. It’s been a difficult winter, as my husband’s family has experienced the medical emergencies and loss of a brother two weeks ago. Having the assurance that we will see Randy again because of his faith in Jesus helps in times like these, but he will be so missed.

What do you do when the troubles, stresses, and frustrations of this life occur? I hope you turn to the One who is there to support you through it all, our Heavenly Father – God. My favorite name for Him is Abba, which means “Papa God,” and I picture Him ready to hold me on that big lap of His and listen to my troubles. I can also turn to His word, the Bible, to help and encourage me through the storms of life, because some days are just HARD. Let me leave you with two scriptures that I hope will help when the difficult times come:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

“And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7

In Him . . . Sue – Voice II

This entry was posted on March 20, 2018. 1 Comment