Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Wine in Old Skins

Linda Goodnight here, marveling at God.

Remember that scripture in the Bible about putting new wine in old skins? Well, we have a rather convulted metaphor of that going on at our house. The old skins are my husband Gene and me. The new, fresh, sweet and delightful wine is Maria, a beautiful 13 year old Ukarinian child that we are adopting! The story of just how God brought Maria into our family is long, but it was clearly His doing and His will. She is revitalizing these old skins, giving us great joy, and we just couldn't be more delighted - or stunned - at what the Lord has done.

Right now, we are debating home school or a Christian school instead of the public school where I teach. Do any of you home school? Anyone attend or have their kids attend a Christian school? Both are new arenas for me, so all advice is appreciated!


  1. Linda,
    I taught at a Christian school for fourteen years. What a wonderful experience. I still hear from some of my students. I've attended many of their weddings Quite humbling when a student you taught in kindergarten is getting married. What's really cool is to see that it's not only me the students keep in touch with; it's their friends also. My son will be five next year, he's going to Christian school.

  2. Oh, congratulations!! How wonderful! I'm so excited for you to have a new family member.

    My kids go to our church's school and we love it. If you send them to Christian school, my advice would be to pick one that shares your faith. Some schools are very light on the Bible, while others may preach something you don't agree with.

    I have many, many friends who homeschool. They also have their kids in swim clubs, homeschool clubs, etc.. to encourage friendships.

    And our kids went to public school for a while also, and they had a great experience.

    Whatever you choose, you can always switch if it doesn't feel right!

    Good luck and I'll keep you in my prayers!

  3. Pamela,
    I would love to send her to a Christian School and even though it is a drive for us, I am leaning more and more that way. There is just so much 'stuff' in public schools that a child with no Christian upbringing can be confused by. It would be great to have her influences be primarily Christian. Don't you think?

  4. Jill,

    Oh, I wish our church had a school! I wish there was a church school anywhere in our county! Maria is such a gift and I want to give her all the right influences I can.

    I'd love to know how rural homeschoolers, especially of only children, find friends for their kids. Our church is tiny and there are only 2 kids her age there and there are no homeschool groups in my area. I guess we're stuck in the public school at least while I'm teaching full time.

    Thanks for the input. I need all the help I can get.

  5. Linda, what wonderful news!! I'm so thrilled for you!

    I've only had kids in public schools, so I'm not help.


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