Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Branching Out

Wow, my shy "guys" and girl are branching out. That is a good thing! Grady has decided, all on his own, that he is going to join the Academic Olympics this year. He said that the kids who did it last year said it was a lot of fun. Since he is my braniac I am sure he will do really well at this. I told him that meant he would have to talk and he said he thought he could handle that:)

Becca has decided she wants to join Junior High FBLA. Becca is really looking forward to being a part of this. She is also 6th grade class treasurer and embracing leadership quite well. She is so much more outgoing and willing to be in front of people than I was. Praise the Lord for that.

~~Oboe update~~ she can play a scale but still needs to look at the fingerings in the back of her book. She can also play the first few measures of the fight song. Today she actually got most of the notes out in tune, she's been consistently flat to this point. Homecoming is next week and I told her that after that she can take it to school but she's playing my clarinet for homecoming and doesn't need to take both.

We haven't heard too much more about FFA for Spencer but he will be a part of that club. There is a school board meeting on the 2nd (here in Round Mountain, surprise) so we will go to that and hopefully the district will approve funding for a local chapter out here. Apparently if the school offers Ag Science, they have to be a part of FFA, so if the program is not approved I'm not sure what will happen to Spencer's Ag Science class.

Grady is looking forward to Washington DC and has begun fundraising. He needs to raise a miniumum of $3000 to cover airfare and tuition and then will also need to raise funds for his daily lunches and to have a little bit of spending money. If you'd like to help him with this e-mail me if you don't have our address. He is trying to think of other ways to raise money as well and may sell something at the craft fair coming up. That will depend on if we can get the supplies in time for him to make them.

So, my kids are growing up and I can't help think that in just a few years I can turn the boys room into a scrap room. Wahoo!!! Seriously though, it is hard to think that in just a few short years they will begin leaving the nest. Grady said he will help me scrap his pictures because I only have three years to get them done. Great confidence he has in his mother! He did the math for me and has decided that since I have 40 years of kid pics to scrap, (15 years of Grady, 14 of Spencer, and 11 of Becca) he figured he better help me or I'll never get it done:) I've kept up on 2008, at least for the family book so I think I am doing pretty good. It will be fun to have his help.

He is also working on a banner for me for my blog so the top is a little more exciting. I told him maybe when he gets good at that he can hire himself out to create banners for other people's blogs. Maybe a way to raise money for DC!

Anyway, that's what is happening in our lives for now. Later!!!!


The Faires 4 said...

What is the FBLA?

The Hallenbeck's said...

FBLA is Future Business Leaders of America. :)