Parents are required to help raise money for the school as it receives no federal or United Way funding. It is operates 100% on donations from the community. Nothing stresses me out more than having to ask people for donations! I was thinking about getting a t-shirt made for Ava that says, Rub My Head for a Donation to The Little Lighthouse. Do you think that would work? Ava's bald head has gotten us free cookies, free meals, and some pretty significant discounts. Maybe it would get us some donations to The Little Lighthouse as well, ha.
Anyway, this change has brought about some other changes as well. We're going to be taking a break from homeschooling this year, although I'm not sure having 5 kids in 4 different schools should be considered taking a break! There was no way around this, as I now have a preschooler, 2 elementary students, a middle school student (did I just type middle school-oh my!), and a special needs student. Wow, I feel dizzy just thinking about how I am going to manage to get everyone where they need to be. Trust me, homeschooling would be way easier! I know the Lord will help me get through it. So thankful for my van and new iphone (Thanks Honey!). Now I just need to figure out how to download audio books and I can finally get some "reading" done.
We have been trying to get lots of fishing in before school starts. I love this picture of Hope in a dress sitting on a salt lick using worms for bait. She loves to fish and she is good at it. You should see her cast! Her brothers used to make fun of her Barbie fishing pole but not anymore.
Poor Nelly. We have been blaming her for the chickens that keep turning up missing. Since she has been tied to the porch, the chicken mystery has gotten more mysterious. Two nights ago there was a massacre in the henhouse. Nine chickens were found dead, and a few more missing. And sweet Nelly was tied to the porch the whole night. Who knew raccoons could peel back chicken wire and can even climb up doors carrying their victims in their teeth. I guess Nelly is innocent after all. I do like that dog.
And Gideon? Well it turns out he plays with mice more than he eats them. But he is very sweet and entertaining and he doesn't mind staying outside so we think we'll keep him anyway.