Its official, everything is now in full swing – campus, small groups, school for the kids, and afterschool activities!
This year, Kinsley is in 4th grade, Emerson is in 2nd grade, Blake is in pre-k, and Brynn wishes she was in school :). We were a little nervous about how Blake would do being gone from us all day long for multiple days in a row, but after the first full week of school, he has done great – a few slow moments leaving us in the morning and holding back tears but yet wanting to go back every day. His teacher is amazing and I think that is a huge help! As is seeing his sisters at school during the day. To be honest, I miss him being home with me during the day! One other thing that is back in full swing – homework! Am I the only parent who struggles with having to help her kids through every part of the homework (which is hard when you have multiple kids to help) and dealing with kids who are tired, cranky, don’t understand, etc? Man, the struggle has been real this week!
Brynn is loving time with our babysitter having undivided attention while mom and dad have meetings. She has struggled a little with being bored (“Mom, play with me! can be heard multiple times an hour) and missing her brother, but overall, she is doing great!
And campus is back in full swing now that all of our schools have started. Our days have been filled with meetings, planning, buying lots of candy/water, equipping our leaders, filling cups with candy, making flyers, creating QR codes for students to use when filling out surveys, survey tables, and lots of meeting new students! Just this week, I, along with our staff and student leaders, got to participate in the Queens College club fair (first three pics below) and Ed, along with our staff, got to host a table at LaGuardia Community College (last pic) to attempt to see something started there. Please pray for good followup with students, that students stick around and come to events and Bible study, and that God surfaces some great student leaders. We got some rough news about St. John’s but keep praying as we think God may be opening up doors for us to go in a different direction there!
Thankfully, this weekend will be filled with rest and a much needed date night!!