The Googegs - Strangers in the World

The Googegs - Strangers in the World

Friday, May 25, 2012


Presenting --

Heaven Fenenigog Lillian

Isaiah Kagol Joel

Adopted May 25, 2012

Here is how it goes:

You wait.

You talk to the Judge.

Now what you have known in your hearts is set on the paper. You are a family!

Then you go the best Chinese restaurant you can find and revel in it!

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Tears Fell

Sometimes, when you home school, the lesson planned for the day doesn't quite turn out the way you planned. As you can tell from my lack of blogging, life at our house has been on a fast whirlwind. We have some children with issues that involve a lot of time and drama. Riane is preparing to leave for Chicago and, in the middle of making sure she has everything she needs, we are throwing together a graduation/goodbye party. We are finalizing the adoption of Songbird and Preacher man and will be celebrating a little. There's a birthday coming. We are leaving on vacation and we have nine chickens that will need to be slaughtered. I haven't got to June yet.

And.... home school marches on ...

Today, I was late getting the lessons started while I got one daughter off to do the grocery shopping for me, two boys off to a lawn care job they scheduled and had talks with my husband about last minute items or errands I needed for various upcoming activities. Usually, my first grader reads with Riane -- who was the grocery shopper. We finished the book they had started and he was asking about the next book he would read with Riane. I was busy pulling math materials off the shelf, and offhandedly replied, "Well, I haven't really decided. You know we are off school Friday for Mary's birthday, off next week to prepare for the adoption and goodbye party. Then we are off for a week of vacation. By the time we start our school back up, Riane will gone. Wokelle, you won't be reading with Riane again."

The realization sort of fell on both of us at the same time. He crumpled. The math book was lying open on the table between us and I was stacking flashcards. Echoes of time just started hitting me. This was the same math book from which I had taught Riane. The cover has fallen off, the pages are worn, after all it's been 12 years ... I could see her big glasses and the laughter as we played "Speedy Sam" with the flashcards. I crumpled. I made a half-hearted attempt at laying a flashcard on the table somehow hoping it would dry our tears, but to no avail. I finally pushed it all aside and took the boy on my lap.

We cried. I told him she would always be his sister -- even in Chicago. We couldn't seem to move on and so I got down a notebook and we started listing the things he would miss about his sister -- her singing, her piano playing, her laughter ..... Finally we brainstormed ideas for telling her goodbye and we were ready to move on a little with our day.

We didn't really learn math and never got to those flashcards; but we did something far more important. We grieved a little. And herein lies the crux of homeschooling. It really isn't all about the stuff they learn, which they will learn because it is important to, but it is really about our relationships. Four years ago, Riane and Wokelle began to forge a mighty bond over Geography.

Of course, this year she listened to him stumble through his first grade readers.  The truth is the activities are whatever we need to accomplish, but the time together is what builds the lifelong relationships. The goal, the vision, the great desire of the Googeg Academy is to prepare our children with the knowledge and life skills they will need to operate in the world, but more importantly to forge bonds of relationship and love and, ultimately, pass the baton of our faith in a Holy God to the next generation. In that case, sometimes the flashcards are left in the box while the tears fall; and it's good.

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 6:7

Friday, May 4, 2012

Launching a Life

So the years have flown. Walking the floor wondering if this kid was ever going to go to sleep. Feverish nights, runny noses ... the bobbling attempts to learn to read ... the skinned knees ... the giggling fits ... the battles ... the tears ... the laughter ... and she's ready.

Amidst the graduation pictures and the beginning discussions of a party we were also talking and planning her next step. As strange as it may sound, as her parents, we did not counsel her to go to college. Riane is a very bright girl with a solid high school education. She is able, but we don't feel it is the wisest course of action. We counseled and encouraged her to take a year; serve in a ministry or missions field and then see where God leads next. We prayed. She applied and talked to a few of her possibilities and then the doors began to crack and finally they flung wide open.

The tickets are purchased and she is leaving in a month. She will be serving at the Institute for Basic Life Principles (IBLP) in Chicago. We have been part of their home school (ATI) for the past 6 years and really believe in their message and their work. It is an exciting opportunity and we are grateful to God for giving her this chance.

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33