Had some questions posed to me and some issues brought up, so I thought a bit of clarification may be helpful!
1. I do NOT think that if your family chooses to "do" Santa, the Tooth Fairy, or whatever, that you are heathens!!! We have just chosen to focus on some other traditions and do things a bit differently. David was raised with "doing" Santa, and I think he turned out just fine! I hope you saw my true intent in sharing the whole "tooth fairy" story. I thought it was hilarious that Jacob's declaration of it not being real was based on it not being in the Bible. Although that theology is not entirely correct, I got a kick out of it nonetheless. But I didn't want that story to come across some other way and make any of you think something else.
2. Any of you that have children in public schools are not "wimps"! My sister, a GODLY woman, has been teaching in public schools for over a decade and is the BEST! I would love for any of my kids to have been in her class! I was referring to Obama's speech a few weeks back about how his kids in Chicago had RECESS on snowy days, and yet the "wimpy" Washington schools cancel at the drop of a hat. BELIEVE me, I wish that our school had cancelled on Monday, but we were on regular schedule. Although Josiah is in private school this year and will be again next year, I have ALWAYS said that I FIRMLY believe it to be a child by child, year by year, school by school, family decision. I have always thought that to make a blanket statement that "my children will ALWAYS be in private school, or ALWAYS be homeschooled, or ALWAYS be in public education" is dangerous. Because you never know what may change from year to year or child to child for that matter. So again, I HOPE that you understand the intent. Purely a joke meant on Obama! I'll stay away from Obama jokes from now on.
Okay, so there's my disclaimers. Perhaps in my pregnancy, hormone-enhanced, sleep-deprived, stress-heavy state these days, my words are not being formulated very well. So I apologize if I have offended any of you. I love you all so dearly. I love that we are all so different, so alike, so many commonalities, yet living in such different areas and stages of life. That's what makes friendships so special. I've been reflecting quite a bit on how much God has blessed us with these last 8 years that we've been here, as we are anticipating our move in the coming weeks and months. I hope you know that as much as I'm going to miss our trusted Honda repair guy (and BOY are we going to miss him!!), I'm going to miss my precious circle of dear dear friends a hundred times more. Seriously! Okay, I'm off to prepare cabinets for painting tonight. I simply cannot handle any more emotion right now!!! I love you guys!