And believe me, the silence is certainly not for lack of blogging material. Rather, life has been so full lately, that I haven't made the time to upload our pictures. But hopefully that will happen soon!
Preparations for our state homeschool conference are in full swing. The past couple days have included:
- Our guys putting in big days either working for Andrew or Dad.
- A 19-hour-straight sewing marathon to finish a pile of costumes for NCHEA.
- Susanna making 40 bean-bags for the preschool time.
- Dad and Mom both preparing several sessions that they will be sharing at this year's adult portion of the conference.
- Painting the huge backdrops for this years' drama and building frames.
- Making a large fabric banner for the Conference foyer.
- Scouring thrift stores for needed items.
- Making 10 large palm trees, yards and yards of tropical 'vines' and dozens of paper flowers.
- Rehearsing the drama (for Matthias, Stephen & Hannah)
- Writing and preparing the music for the Conference.
- Making large posters for teaching aids.
- Preparing lesson plans for the small group sessions.
And by tomorrow afternoon all of the above projects need to be wrapped up as we head into Lincoln to set up for the Conference!
But as we've been keeping our hands very busy, I've been pondering the lyrics of our theme song this year:
To love the Lord our God is the heartbeat of the mission
The strength from which our service overflows.
Across the street, or around the world,
The mission's still the same:
Proclaim and live the truth in Jesus' name.
What a timely reminder. The heartbeat of our mission is to love the Lord. All the extra details of this conference fade into the background when it really boils down to it. While we endeavor to do everything with excellence -- from the costumes to the decor, music and curriculum, -- these details must always take the backseat. Because our mission is to love the Lord. Sit at His feet. And share His love with each of the children who attend the conference.
We covet your prayers for the coming days. Tomorrow we head into Lincoln to get set up -- and the staff arrives early Thursday morning for a day of training. We're so blessed by the many faithful young people who pour their hearts into serving. May the Lord be glorified!
"Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands." Psalm 90:16-17