Whirlwind Weekend

whirl-wind – adj. – like a whirlwind, as in speed or force: a whirlwind weekend for Leslie’s family.

What follows is a whirlwind of a post, a vortex of random.

The CHEF of Alabama Homeschool Convention was this weekend. After three hours by the pool Friday morning, we cleaned ourselves up, ate a quick lunch, drove to B’ham, dropped the kids off at their grandparents’ house, and rushed over to the BJCC so that I could shop for some books for our next school year.

Hannah is going to 5th grade, so we’re going to begin some introductory logic with her. I chose a couple of books by the Bluedorns, The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox.

We left the convention for a quiet dinner together where we were able to talk about some things we’d like to do with the kids this school year. We’re so good at generating ideas.

And in case you didn’t already know: Beethoven’s Symphony #5 and The William Tell Overture are the perfect soundtrack for navigating B’ham traffic and, more specifically, Malfunction Junction. They just happened to play back-to-back on our way to downtown.

When you’re paying over $6 for a gallon of gas and your power bill is over $800 a month, remember Friday, June 26, 2009. From WSJ:

Even as Democrats have promised that this cap-and-trade legislation won’t pinch wallets, behind the scenes they’ve acknowledged the energy price tsunami that is coming. During the brief few days in which the bill was debated in the House Energy Committee, Republicans offered three amendments: one to suspend the program if gas hit $5 a gallon; one to suspend the program if electricity prices rose 10% over 2009; and one to suspend the program if unemployment rates hit 15%. Democrats defeated all of them.

The reality is that cost estimates for climate legislation are as unreliable as the models predicting climate change. What comes out of the computer is a function of what politicians type in. A better indicator might be what other countries are already experiencing. Britain’s Taxpayer Alliance estimates the average family there is paying nearly $1,300 a year in green taxes for carbon-cutting programs in effect only a few years.

But I thought these climate change measures were based on science!

Hannah participated in her swim team’s meet at 8 AM. I was not happy about having to take her. It was very important to her, though, so I smiled, cheered her on, and pretended to enjoy all the heat and humidity. She swam the free and breast races. I think she finished 3rd in both of them.

After the swim meet, we hurried home so that we could get ready for a family reunion. I usually enjoy the family reunions; the food is always delicious and in abundance. As I sat and listened to everyone introduce their family members in attendance and give an update on the last year, I imagined about the future generations. Would they even care about getting together once a year? Would they look the same? What will their lives be like? Will they remember to recite the family blessing?

We left the reunion a little early to attend the wedding of a young couple in our church. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and one of the most Christ-centered I’ve ever attended. The weight of living out God’s picture of Christ and His Bride was all over this sweet groom’s face. The entire congregation held its breath as he recited his vows, “…til death or the King’s return.”

What a reminder! I am looking forward to that Day.

I taught the Kindergartners and 1st graders again this week. The lesson was about the holiness of God and how he always judges sin. I had the privilege of sharing the story of Ananias and Sapphira to children who had never heard it before. They were shocked that Ananias would lie to God, but even more shocked to find out just how serious God is about his people being holy as he is holy. By the end, we were all eager (teacher included) to pray that God would give us hearts that love him more than anything in this world.

Worship just keeps getting better every week. Our church hit a bump in the road regarding music a couple of months ago when our leader felt called to move to a church in Texas, but things are smoothing out now. Our pastor consistently delivers strong sermons; this one was no exception. He’s still preaching through John. The text was John 12:27-30, and he tied in Michael Horton’s series of essays, “Joel Osteen and The Glory Story.” It was an excellent sermon. One that will have me thinking throughout this week.

After a bite of lunch, I had to buy a bunch of fruit and help with my cousin’s bridal tea. She is preparing for an August wedding, and I am so excited for her.

After the tea, I went back to church for choir practice and to hear the report from a couple of men who recently returned from a missions trip to Sao Paolo, Brazil. They were part of a team that shared the gospel with over 2,000 people. More than 400 believed. The young church in Sao Paolo has a lot of discipling to do now.

While I was at church, Abbey hit her head on the tree as she was swinging on the tree swing. She didn’t lose consciousness, but she did throw up a few times. So, per our pediatrician’s policy, we took her to the ER for a CT scan. Everything turned out to be fine (give Him praise!), but it made an already long day an even longer one.

It was fun, but I’m so glad the weekend’s over!

5 Comments on “Whirlwind Weekend

  1. I'm exhausted reading this…can't imagine living it.A nap sounds good :o)


  2. I bet your minister's sermon was terrific since he used Michael Horton's essays. I love the way Michael Horton writes about the various megachurches without having to actually attend any of them. I also like how Horton writes about suffering in the name of Christ… he uses his firsthand experiences of the terrible suffering he must endure tucked away in his office at the Westminister Seminary. He should flee that horrible place of persecution.


  3. Busy girl. I am bobbing for air myself right about now ;)We had our convention a few weeks ago (my first one) and it was awesome and overwhelming. Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox are both on my list (I seem to remember one being more challenging than the other) but we are finishing Revenge of the Logic Spiders from Critical Thinking (cd-rom) before we get those.I'm gonna skip my comment about the cap-and-trade legislation. My nerves can't handle it.Sam finished swim lessons last week and we are almost sure he will do swim team next year but the commitment makes me tired.I love hearing about church and the blessing it has become in your life. I can remember your posts during that very difficult season of having no church home. What a gift to be part of a body who loves Christ AND his word! We are loving where we are as well but the transition is still hard at times.Sorry for the long comment but it's easier than actually posting on my own blog ;)Love ya Leslie!


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