and co-op will be over for this year. It also means an end of my time with the co-op.
The co-op started in the Fall of 1998 and we were one of the first families who participated. The next year I was asked to serve on committee, and have done so since then. I have been leading the group since 2006.
I have loved it, for the most part. I love encouraging Moms in this great task. So many have little to no encouragement from anyone in their personal lives, they just know that God has lead them to this. There have been many difficult things over the years as well. This has required wisdom, prayer, and much time.
The Lord showed me this year that I was working hard with the co-op and that I needed to give more attention to my own children here at home. He showed me that it was time to pass the leadership onto someone else. Thankfully we work together as a leadership team, and the Vice President will be able to step right up! She will do well. She has a great team behind her!
I hope that I will still be able to encourage and fellowship with these Moms. Maybe they will let me come to Mom's Meetings. Maybe they will ask me to speak on occasion! Maybe they will still let me put on the Annual Tea in October!
Emily will graduate this year, and then I will have only 3 more students here at home. I am looking forward to lots of fun studies here, field trips, reading, nature study, music, art, history....
Pray for me though, as I have been with the group for 13 years. I will miss them, but just like when a pastor retires, if he stays in the congregation, it is difficult for the new pastor to lead. So, we go. My younger kids are worried that they won't see their friends ever again. There will be many adjustments to be made. Tears will flow...they are right now as I write this. Knowing that this is God's plan and timing makes it easier, as He always has our best in mind.
Two more weeks...