Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bittersweet

The last day of Community Bible Study is always a little bittersweet.

The kids have learned so much and grown so much this year. (Literally...Abby is still the tallest kid in her class, just like she was on day one.)

Jacob still says music time is his favorite, and he loved showing off all the Bible memory verses and other songs they have learned this year. He adored his teacher, and reminded me every week on the way home, "Mommy, my CBS teacher is gluten-free, just like me!" (He was always thrilled to pass this information along, as if each week it was something he was learning for the first time.)

Abby closed out her last year as a CBS Lamb, and next year will be in a big kid class. She'll have her own notebook, just like me, and will be doing a junior version of the same Romans study I'll be doing. She and I are both a little excited about the opportunity to do our homework together. She formed a pretty quick friendship with a little girl named Violet, and the two of them have become inseparable this year.

Caleb had to bid farewell to Gloria, his very dearest friend from CBS this year who was also in his pre-k homeschool class. Gloria is the reason we know all the lyrics to "Let It Go" and "What Does the Fox Say." I know that Gloria loves Zebras almost as much as Caleb loves sharks, and I know that Caleb has spent a significant part of his time at Bible study playing Protect the Princess and Rescue the Damsel with her. I know that we were almost late to Bible study on more than one occasion because Caleb had to finish a special picture he was drawing for her, and I know that Gloria took these pictures home and stored them in the treasure box in her room. I know that Caleb would be heartbroken if he knew, as I do, that Gloria will not be in his class next year, and I don't quite know how I'm going to break it to him when the time comes.

I'll say it for the hundredth time: I am so, so thankful for Community Bible Study and its ministry to my kids. I wouldn't miss this for the world.

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