Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Monday, August 15, 2011

First Day of School-2011

Ten years ago we sent our eldest off to kindergarten. We had 3 children ages 5 and under and were undergoing a major renovation while living in the house!  It was difficult letting him go and I missed him terribly but we knew this was the best plan for our family.

 However, throughout the course of that first school year, God used many circumstances and people to slowly point us toward homeschooling.  I say slowly because it took awhile for me to see that this was truly His plan for us. (Truth be told, whenever the topic came up I pretty much told God, "Ummm...no way, thank you very much!")  We ended up taking the plunge and have homeschooled all of our children for the last 9yrs.

(Here is our little kindergartner!)

 Ten years later and still trusting in God's plan for each of our children's schooling, we sent our eldest off this morning to 10th grade at the same Christian school he went to for kindergarten! 

(My, how he's grown!)

One of the really cool details of this transition is that not only does Allen have a bunch of soccer buddies who go to his school, but his cousin does too!

(I still say they could pass for twins!)

Meanwhile, back at the Ferguson Homeschool, two eager students are waiting to begin their first school day as well!

OK, so mostly they're eager for the traditional doughnut breakfast that accompanies the first day of school around here!

This one would eat doughnuts all day long if he lived by himself. :)

So this was a total surprise to me...guess who doesn't like doughnuts???

I mean she REALLY didn't like her doughnut! How is that even possible?  It boggles the mind!!!
 Oh well...that's one more for the teacher!

My favorite place to start the school day...out on the porch in what turned out to be a surprisingly cool morning!

Little missie got over her doughnut meltdown and settled in for devotions.

Anyone who has children at school or in homeschool knows there's no better way to start the day than with prayer!

Josi is our prayer warrior and will remember other's prayer requests better than anyone.

Time to hit the books!  Josi dove into her spelling with a fervor that I hope lasts all year long!
(Yes, I'm experiencing a hallucinogenic sugar high from that extra doughnut!)  

Another excited pupil beginning his new Math book.

"Oy Vey!  Is it that time of year again???
Not the preschool pen!!!"

"Guess I'd better make the best of it or she might try to make me eat another one of those nasty fried things filled with creme and topped with chocolate. Yuck-o!"

"See?  I'm learning too!  I know that brown bear sees a red bird and that the red bird sees a yellow duck!"

"I'm totally done with this pen thing now. Just put me in for a nap!"

I'm still waiting to hear how Allen's day went.  It's amazing how I can still miss him like I did ten years ago, but rest in complete faith in our Heavenly Father who hasn't taken his eyes off of him a moment of his life. :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Please Consider Helping a Friend

When we adopted Nadia a year ago, one of the many blessings was meeting a family who lives just up the road from us who was also adopting a little girl with Ds from the same country.  How cool is that?! 

This same family is now hoping to adopt again and has begun the daunting task of fundraising for said adoption.  They are starting out with a really cool Ipad2 Giveaway!!!  So not only do you get a chance to participate in helping an orphan become a member of a great family, you might also win a new 'toy'. hee hee

Below is Jenn's original post with the details about how to donate and get entered in the drawing.  ***Please note that the end date has been changed to Aug. 4th so hurry now and get your donation registered for a chance to win the Ipad2!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

IPAD2 Give away

Well...we are back at it again. We are working on raising money for another adoption of a child with Down Syndome. This time we are doing things a little differently. First, we are looking at a different country in Eastern Europe. So the way adoptions are done are quite different.

In order to move forward we need to have a portion of our program fee as well as a portion of our adoption agency fee. Once we have this money we are able to send it in and documents go to the child's country to "hold" him for us. Where as when we adopted Milana there was a chance when we got there she would not be.

Ok...so on with the giveaway. We are doing an IPAD2 + WiFi Giveway. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000. This will help with the initial costs of our adoption. If we reach the $500 mark the winner will receive the IPAD2 + WiFi. Should we not earn enough money to cover the cost of the IPAD and the shipping and handling we will split the proceeds 50/50 with the winnner.

Donations are NOT tax deductible. Money donated will be going directly into our paypal account.

Here is the breakdown for donations:

$10 = 1 entry

$20 = 4 entries

$50 = 10 entries

$100 = 25 entries

You can also be entered by posting on your blog, facebook, and/or twitter accounts. To receive an entry by doing this just leave a comment on my blog and state your name and where you posted the information.

Donations can be made through the chip in on the left of my blog. It says IPAD Give away. Good luck and Thank you :)
Please follow this link to Jenn's blog to donate:  http://jennandchrisandkpr.blogspot.com/
Thank you for helping out with this worthy cause!!!