Proverbs 3:24 If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
We finished the pumpkins for the kids and we did the best we could to dress up for Halloween. David was to be a zombie soccer player (though we worried that his costume would be too much for the little kids), Lucia was a fairy princess, Anjali a mummy, Jeff was Coach Jim Harbaugh, and I was a witch. Now we didn’t have much to work with here in Thailand where they don’t celebrate Halloween, but we managed to find some fairy wings for Lucia, a mask for David, and some glasses to finish off Jeff’s costume. We were all really excited about spending the day teaching the kids about Halloween.
The kids woke up and we attempted school work, but this week has been a bit trying. It seems to either be Anjali or David who throws a fit; Lucia is tackling her school work like a champ. I am not sure what is at the root of these fits, but I think it has something to do with the difficulty of wrapping their head around this as school and not “homework”. They are not getting their work done with huge fights and it taking about twice as long as it needs to be. To add some more fuel to the fire, we had a fight amongst the girls this morning during our first class with the 3-4 year olds; they decided to fight over who handed out the candy pumpkins to the kids. Jeff took the girls out and they continued to fight with each other. David and I taught the next 2 classes by ourselves and Lucia joined us for the last class. Anjali however was really struggling with her emotions and had a difficult time gathering herself together, though she did manage to collect her wits to have lunch. Our time with the older kids was a bit better and we watched an episode of the Addams Family.
Today was a very trying day for both Jeff and I emotionally. I am touched that this scripture came up today because after we put the kids to bed, both Jeff and I just sat in bed a bit overwhelmed. This whole thing was just a bit much for one day. But reading this passage reminds me that tomorrow is a new day and that we are doing this journey to fulfill a purpose that is beyond us, and that He will continue to guide and care for us. I said a prayer before falling asleep, praying for some patience and help to handle teaching my children during this year. Fighting with them on their schoolwork every day is exhausting and I am hoping that we can get over this hump and move forward with their education. I prayed for a restful and rejuvenating sleep so that I would wake up fresh in the morning, ready to face any tantrum or fight my children threw at me, and I tried to remember that God does not give us anything that we cannot handle because He is always with us and will forever guide us on the path we walk.
Here are a few pictures of our day at the two different schools.