Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and one of my favorites. Of course, we don’t actually have Fall here in Nicaragua, and it really isn’t even recognized. You won’t find Pumpkin Spice Lattes, decorations with those deep fall colors, or anything else pertaining to this time of year. People pretty much just skip right on to Christmas about now. However, there are many other things that make Autumn exciting.
It’s a new school year. I always love the start of a new year, when everything is fresh and exciting. Emma is in 5th grade, Paige 3rd, Olivia 1st, and Logan is in Pre-K. It is certainly challenging homeschooling the different grades, but so far things have been working pretty well. It really helps to have curriculum that is made for different age groups. Emma and Paige are sharing a U.S. History curriculum that includes their Bible and reading as well. Logan and Olivia are sharing a curriculum that covers History, Bible, Science and Literature.
It is also a time when we start to look forward. With just three months left in this year, we are beginning to look forward to a new year. We take the time to evaluate where we are in our family and ministry and look forward to what God has in store. Things have been different here in Nicaragua for us since the continuing political unrest that began in April, and we are continuing to pray for peace in the nation.
We are also looking forward to and planning for the addition of a new family member. Samantha Lynn will be making her debut around the first week of February (due to me having extremely short labor that gets shorter every time, we are planning an induction). The kids are all excited about their new baby sister, even Logan, who was hoping for a brother. We are working on raising money for the medical and hospital bills, and are excited that we have already raised 1/3 of the expected $3,000 cost.
We pray that you are also having a wonderful Autumn, and are looking forward to the things that the Lord has in store for you and your family.