Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving Thought

So I'm sitting here the day after Thanksgiving, still very full from all the eating that took place yesterday, and decided that I would share with ya'll some of my new thoughts on Thanksgiving. Being that this was our first year away from home for a holiday and being out of the country the whole meaning of Thanksgiving took on something new. I am very thankful, but when you are out of your comfort zone and with people who are not "family" God really starts to show you what being thankful is.
Well, it all started in the morning when we were woken up by the loud construction going on across the street from our apartment. I was a little confused when I first heard them because I could not figure out why they would be working on Thanksgiving...but then it hit me they are not celebrating today! So as we got our food ready to take over to a friend’s house I began to think about how thankful I am and what I am thankful for. Then that turned into, do I show my thankfulness daily, or do I forgot when life gets a little hard how much God does really care for me and how much He has shown up when I needed Him most.
So after spending an amazing day with four other GREAT couples from our school I sat back as I watched Josh enjoy some American football with the guys and heard sounds of laughter coming from the kitchen table full of girls gabbing about anything and everything and said a little prayer thanking the Lord for all the many blessings he has given us even in this country that does not know what Thanksgiving is.
We hope you and your family had an amazing day thinking about all that God has given you!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Fall Festival

We are back!! So sorry that we have not updated this in a while. I really need to get better at this but life is just crazy, as you all know :) We just started our fifth masters class through Liberty University and that keeps us very, very busy. But enough apologizing lets talk about life here. As I have said it has been very busy but very fun. On October 31st our school had their annual Fall Festival. It is a night that the school opens up their doors for families and friends of students. We play games, give out candy and then the musical choirs have a little performance. Since this years Fall Festival landed on Halloween the students were allowed to dress up and enjoy the activities. It was a lot of fun getting to interact with the students and their families throughout the evening. One of the fifth grade parents e-mail our fifth grade teacher and had this to say about the night...

It was my first time to attend such an occasion at Vienna Christian School. I very much admire the closeness and the family like atmosphere upon entering the building. Much to my galore the friendliness and the great costumes that Friday night added colors to the main event. The programs were great and very entertaining the pie throwing, WOW!

Here are some pictures of the night :)

Josh and the Student Activities Director Nick dressed up as refs.

The Arm Wrestling station

Two of my fourth graders sword fighting :)

The third through fifth grade choir, singing their little hearts out!

Josh being a good worker and manning his Penny Splash station all night :) Everyone loved him because he gave out candy whether or not they won :)