The New Year is a great time to reflect on the previous year as well as to look to the year ahead. We, as a family, have been able to see God's hand this past year through the work He has called us to do. We were kept busy by Bible Clubs and Children's Church as well as with Todd's additional work at Costco and the children's responsibilities with school and homework.
We started Bible Clubs the first week of November. We are teaching four clubs after school each week: Monday at Hedges Elementary, Tuesday at Olney-Bissell School, Wednesday at Cayuse Prairie School, and Thursday at Smith Valley School. These clubs incorporate learning about the Bible and the gospel message in an exciting way with games, crafts, and various other activities. It is surprising to observe how many children do not know that at Christmas we celebrate Jesus' birthday and at Easter, His death. We added the Hedges club this year as this is the school our children, Danae, Megan, and Brett, attend. They have been excited with this addition and the opportunity for their friends and classmates to enjoy and benefit from this club. Todd is the main teacher for all our clubs, but we all have been able to help with the Hedges club because of its location. Brenda's job for these clubs include putting together crafts and activities as well as providing each child at each club with a cookie or other treat each week. The clubs range in size for about ten children to well over thirty children. This year, Todd has been going through the Old Testament and is using Footsteps of Faith, Volume 3 "Fighting Giants in Canaan." Todd has been blessed with a godly homeschooled high school senior, Isaac Rajkowski, to help him with his Wednesday club, but we are always looking for people willing to help. If you or someone you know would be willing in this area please contact us. Along with going to clubs, there our other areas were you could volunteer. These include baking cookies or planning crafts.
In the end of October, Todd started working part-time at Costco. Costco hired him for the Christmas season. Although he was laid off December 23rd, management was optimistic about him being hired on again soon as they were happy with his work. Todd has been working this job in order to make ends meet as the economic downturn has had an large effect on our income. This job should only extend until the end of the Spring.