"Winter Break" has begun

It's quite cold here, on the second day of 'winter break'! Will I ever get used to this? BBC reported that the penguin population in South Africa has been hit hard by the 'cold snap' which has wiped out a large number of the baby chicks. If the penguins are dying of cold in South Africa, something is wrong!!! Anyway, we're surviving with our wool slippers and sweatshirts.

Day 1 went well--all 3 kids slept in until 7am which was blissful. Of course, this morning they were up at the usual 5am. Why didn't anyone tell me that the parenting lack-of-sleep extended PAST when they start sleeping through the night??? What I wouldn't do for an IHOP or Sherry's to send my morning-loving family to!

We don't have any major plans...Chad only has 3 weeks off between his terms. My class and the kids' school start up in mid-August again, so we have a little more time to enjoy each other's company. We'll try to get to the Lake, I think, and maybe a small game-park that's not too far. Other than that, I have grand plans for several projects to do with the kids, some structured time for school-review (they were sent home with a 'winter packet' to complete before next school year), and we'll see how that goes!

Anya finished 2nd grade well, winning an award for 'Most Enthusiastic Student' and for having the second highest Accelerated Reading score in the grade. She spent the last week of school sobbing over the fact that her beloved teacher is returning to England for good. I'm afraid we've brought a very tender-hearted soul who can't handle good-byes to a place where good-byes are the norm. Poor thing--and it's only just beginning! I'm sure we'll get a bill for hours of counseling someday!

Ethan finished...pretty well. He's lucky he's so cute and loving--his teacher put up with a lot of redirecting and reminding! We're praying already for his teacher next year, that he/she is given extra doses of patience and compassion.

I'll try to get some photos from the end-of-the-year celebrations posted soon. Hope you are all enjoying the heat!

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  1. "I'm afraid we've brought a very tender-hearted soul who can't handle good-byes to a place where good-byes are the norm. Poor thing--and it's only just beginning! I'm sure we'll get a bill for hours of counseling someday!"
    - being tender hearted is something that is close to God's heart, I'll pray it gets easier for her but not that she loses it as it will be a gift God can use when she is older.

    Hope you have a good break. we have just got a photo from the three girls we are sending to school in Malawi and it was amazing to see them. Praying for all the God is doing in the country.

    alison x

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  2. Ha! Winter break and we are gearing up for consistent temps over 100!
    Praying the break brings recouping, refreshing, and refocus. Enjoy!

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