Friday, November 12, 2010

Potts Academy


Okay so I really can't believe that it is already November!!! My last post summarized school last year and now we are almost to Christmas break of this one!! How time flies...

This year the Potts Academy has added to it's numbers :) I couldn't be more excited about my sweet new student! Galina joined our homeschool just before the year started and she has been a true delight to teach. I sometimes just catch myself staring at the three of them sitting at my kitchen table in disbelief. I can barely fathom that just over two years ago they were all three in a classroom in Ukraine together and now they are in a small town in Texas learning together in English. I can't help but continually be in awe of God's incredible tapestry in weaving our lives together. It may appear messy at time, but is sure is breathtaking when we get glimpses like this.

Although Galina has known English for a year less than my girls, she has caught right up and even skipped a grade level of math so that she could be in the same math book that they are doing. The first month took some extra work, but now it is me that is being blessed by her presence and participation in our learning. The four of us have the greatest discussions and sometimes the giggles get a little out of hand, but most rewarding is to see how much they are learning and how quickly they are all progressing now. And their precious prayers during our Bible and prayer time often bring me near to tears. Their hearts are so tender for those who remain orphans and for those who are hurting and they are so filled with thanksgiving and awareness of what God has done in their lives. They get it, and it is beautiful.

Equally miraculous - I am truly loving teaching. I thought that I couldn't wait for this season of my life to be over and that I would just push through until I could put them in school. And who knows - that may be what we end up doing. But somehow in fighting to learn how to teach and what to teach, I have come to find so much joy in it!! God really does have a sense of humor :)

4 comments:

Kevin and Pam said...

What a blessing!

Scott and Courtney Holder said...

Beautiful picture of grace. thank you for sharing.

Do you remember my friend Michelle who just adopted her sweet daughter Maria from the Ukraine? -- I have a lovely story to tell you about what has happened to the other children that shared a foster home with her. Such great news. I know you'll love it.

Stephanee Potts said...

Oh I can't wait to hear Courtney!! I just love to hear about great stories - my heart grieves for so many orphans and it is encouraging to hear the positive stories!

jeri said...

yes, stephanee, who would have thought that you would end up teaching??? certainly not me! but you always do whatever you do with your whole heart so when you said you were homeschooling, i knew you would be fantastic at it. what a blessing you are to your students and vice vera. love you, mom