Thursday, March 31, 2011

And Now, The Rest of Story...

It's been quite some time since I last updated my lion chasing journey, so as I resist the temptation to visit the black hole of Facebook, I am going to attempt to focus long enough to hit the highlights of the past few weeks.  Funny how the longer I wait to write, the harder it is to share the moments with detail and focus.

Spring Break, '11 was uneventful with the highlight being our hike to the Chimneys with Jackie and Livy.  The weather's been wild and wooly - Springtime in Tennessee to be sure!  One day in the 60s the next day in the 40s.  Tonight, the last day of March (Lamb?  Lamb?  Where are you?) it's supposed to dip down to freezing!  Brrrrrr!  Winter, must you continue to torment me?!  Get lost!

Our OBIYTC project has been working well!  Melody and I have been working out our minor glitches together and the kids can't help but learn!  I'm actually excited about TCAP testing to see the return our investment. 

I'm loving our small group more and more each week as we tear down walls, remove our masks and get real with each other. 

My "adult" children are a continual source of pride to their daddy and me.  I'm overwhelmed with gratitude to God for pouring out His blessings in my life!  Watching Addie and Sam at their soccer practices tonight filled me with emotion.  Healthy children.  Athletic.  Smart.  Loving.  Funny.  All of them.  Wow.

Yesterday's road trip was the highlight of the month for me.  I had the tremendous opportunity to visit the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, and boy, oh boy, was I blown away!  Most impressive of all were the students.  Never have I seen such poised, confident, articulate, and intelligent 5th graders!  Classy kids to be sure!  The school was bright, warm, intimate, student focused, and stimulating...the math lesson taught by Ron Clark was awe-inspiring!  His "student" teacher was remarkable although she only received a C+ for her efforts.  The slide was quick, slick, and effective...I was blown away!

Pardon my disconnected ramblings today.  I just want to "get it down" before my 40-something mind gives it up to oblivion.  I've read 2 books since Spring Break.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham "Somebody" was fantastic!  The Road by Cormac McCarthy was spooky, disturbing, and thought provoking.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham was a class favorite to be sure!  Bud, Not Buddy is also proving to be an attention-getter.

Reach Them has our date set - November 1, 2011 or 11-1-11 (LOVE this!), and our speaker is confirmed as well - Manuel Scott!  I can't wait to meet him!  I've spoken with his wife, Alice and she is impressive and delightful!  Looking for and praying for a sponsor for our food.  It won't be Chick-fil-A as I had hoped, but that just means we're in for an unexpected surprise!  

I'll make an effort to blog better in the days ahead.

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