Sunday, May 22, 2011

We've Adopted!

This is Jefferson. He is the newest 'member' of our family. :) We've adopted him! He's our Compassion child.

No, he won't be coming to live with us, but we have introduced him to our children as our newest addition as today we pledged to support this little guy until he completes his schooling. That's gonna be another 12-16 years from now (unless something changes in his family situation which moves his family beyond Compassion's reach)! But for now, we are excited and committed to a long-term relationship with Jefferson as our family provides financially for his social, physical, emotional, & spiritual needs.

Compassion is so great because their mission is a direct response to Christ's Great Commission (Matther 28:16-20). Our Compassion child will have his physical needs met as well as and so that he can have his spiritual needs met! Not only will our sponsorship ensure that Jefferson recieves clothes, shoes and a meal, it guarantees that he will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel!

At what cost to us? About $1 and a quarter a day. For less than the price of my new-found daily Starbucks addiction, we can reach a soul on the other side of the world for Christ! That, my friends, is a great return on the investment!

Jefferson's birthday was May 12. We missed it, but the kids are excited already about making him some birthday cards. They are excited about learning more about their "Compassion brother", his country & his culture.

I will be sure to keep you updated as we grow this new relationship while seeking to be in God's Will. We are so excited that God has led us to Jefferson through Compassion. If you are interested in joining us in this journey to care for God's children, click on the link to Compassion's website on the navigation bar on the right side of my page. If you do decide to sponsor, or if you already sponsor, please be sure to leave me a comment so we can pray for your family & your Compassion child by name!

"Whoever shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard."
~Proverbs 21:13

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tour de la Schoolroom

i thought it might be fun (or at least awe-inspiring) to post a quick run down of just how much God has blessed our decision follow His lead as we begin the journey to homeschool.

just as a point of reference, it was only 2 short months ago that this room was Dylan & Bryan's joint bedroom. it looked kinda like this:

since then, we have been scouting, collecting, painting, organizing, researching, and studying homeschooling options. and while we have been doing all of that, God has provided us with a nearly fully-furnished schoolroom. it has been unbelievable to say the least!

here's the current view of the schoolroom as you look in from the door:

and here's the view from the back of the schoolroom looking back towards the door we just walked in (the door is outside of the view of this picture, but it's just around that corner on the left of the pic).
So here's what we paid out of pocket to transform this room into what you see now:

The desks were donated to our schoolroom.

I found some here for $30.10/each (plus $103.85 for shipping)
Total savings: $224.75

The teacher's desk was purchased off of Craig's List for $35.

I found one here for $319.00 (plus $117.75 for shipping)

Total savings: $401.75

The Encyclopedias (both sets) were donated to our schoolroom by my wonderful mom!
I found a set here for $408.07 (although I'm sure it can be found cheaper)

Total savings: $200-$400

The book case was donated by my mom. Not sure how much it cost her back when she bought it, but we are so very grateful to have had that donated to our room. :)

The globe was a gift (for a birthday I think) when I was a child. It's been at my mom's house ever since I moved out, so it felt like a donation when we were recently reunited. (like me & the globe, not me & my mom. We were never un-united) :)

The chairs? You guessed it! Another donation.

I found some here for $23.88/each (plus $59.59 for shipping)

Total savings: $155.11

The white boards you see were both donations. In addition, I have one other one that was donated, but I am currently working on that one. (It will be our Expedition Earth board).
You can find white boards all over the internet, and they are not cheap. So for our sake, I'll say

Total savings: $Hundreds (you get the point)

The Utility/Media Cart in the picture was donated by a dear friend.

I found one here for $169.23 (who knows how much shipping)

Total savings: More than $169.23!

The wall art (ABC train, Parts of Speech posters) were all donated by church family.

The clock over the with Toy Story 3 Disney DVD BluRay combo pack.

The Scripture over the teacher's desk we actually paid for, but I hosted a party so I got a nice little discount on that purchase. It says, "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

In all, we paid for the paint colors, the teacher's desk, the ABC mat you see on the floor by the reading corner, and the curriculum.

God is so good!

Hope you have enjoyed taking a peek around our beginning-to-come together schoolroom!