Saturday, August 12, 2006

TESSA GOES TO SCHOOL

Never in a million years would I have thought that I'd actually be posting this news! But isn't that the way my life has always been? For some odd reason, God never takes me down the predictable or ordinary road of life!

Several months ago, I heard that some families at our church were getting together to start a Christian school in our town. Since it obviously didn't apply to my life, I didn't really hone in on the details. Around that same time, Michael was doing a job at one of the founding family's home, and he was casually asked if I'd be interested in a job at the new school. He laughed and said, "I really don't think so." When he told me, I had about the same response!

Then in June, I was asked to consider teaching by another person on the board of the school who had heard about me--whatever that means! I politely told her that I was flattered, but that I didn't really consider myself that great of a teacher. They specifically needed a teacher for bible/history/literature. I assured her that I would pray about it, but since the thought of it was giving me heart palpitations, I was pretty certain that the answer from God would be a no! Sure enough--I was not being led to take the job. Honestly, I felt that I had too much on my plate already. What a relief!

It wasn't to end there. A few weeks ago, I asked how things were shaping up with the school and was told that they still needed a grammar teacher and an administrative assistant. I jokingly said that grammar might have tempted me. Before I knew it, I was interviewing with the headmaster and a board member for the part-time position. To make a long story short, I was eventually hired as the administrative assistant--a full-time position. Did I mention that I wasn't really looking for a job?

When I went to the Lord in prayer, this is what was spoken to my heart:

I do not need a job, but I do need an avenue to be who I am and to use the gifts God has given me to impact the world and this community for Christ.

I also reviewed some notes I had taken during a Sunday school lesson a few months back that reminded me that God is doing something bigger than my itty-bitty world. The question was whether or not I wanted to be a part of it. And I did!

The catch was that Tessa would have to attend the school. YIKES!

http://www.cornerstoneacademymorristown.com.com
Cornerstone Academy is a classical Christian school whose mission is to partner with families in the education of their children. While I cried for a week after accepting the call, I knew that God had prepared me for such a time as this. I really bawled when I hit the button to order Tessa's uniforms. After all, I will always be a homeschooler at heart. Fourteen years is not erased with the push of a button.

I only agreed to the job on the condition that if Tessa was not coping after one month, she would be taken out to be homeschooled once again. We have both survived and, more importantly, enjoyed the first week! I can't even express how wonderful it is to be part of this adventure! The operational board is a group of amazing, prayerful people, and the headmaster is a true gift from God. There is no doubt that this school has been ordained by the Lord. I feel honored that God would include me in this work and look forward to my faith being increased daily! I have been awed and challenged by the men and women who, through much prayer, obeyed the call.

At this point, there are 55 students, so the school is still very intimate. I love that! Tessa is the only 4th grader, so she is combined with the 3rd graders. She knew several of her classmates from church and was happy to see a friend from a previous dance studio on the first day! Because classical education is new to all of them, nobody seems to have an advantage. Believe it or not, Tessa is loving Latin. Who'd have thought?

So far, I actually love my job! My unofficial job description is: Anything I am asked to do! And that about sums it up. I am Dan's--Mr. Peterson's--assistant, but I also pitch in when needed in the classrooms. Besides a ton of paper-pushing and phone work this week, I was able to have lunch with Tessa and teach a part of her P.E. class. The latter better have been a fluke! I am really looking forward to being able to do some creative projects with the students when we are more settled in. A few are already brewing in my head.

Every day brings new challenges since we are in a borrowed facility, working with limited resources. But, I love that part of it. God continues to provide for our needs each day and that excites me.

Say Cheese!

These are scanned images, so they are not as clear as could be!


SNAPSHOTS FROM THE WEDDING

We had a great time at the wedding! I hope you enjoy some of the photos. Thank you, Tommy, for sending them to me!

Mark, Chris, Heather, Bill, Kathy, Al


Michael Jr. and Denise


Grandma Kay and the Cousins
Kelly, Rachel, Elyssa

Tommy, Kay, Stephen (nephew), Michael

Michael and Elyssa