Ray’s and my lives have revolved around a typical school schedule for most of our lives. When Ray was in ministry, he always served at churches that reached out to college campuses. Even when we homeschooled in our learning as a lifestyle way, we did most of our academics from September to May and enjoyed a different schedule in the summer. Now that we work in Notgrass History, our lives are in many ways still dictated by the typical school calendar.
Here at the first of March that means that we are gearing up to start homeschool convention season right away. I hope I get to meet some of you at a convention. If you come to one where Ray and I are, please stop by and introduce yourself.
Our first convention is the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina, at the end of next week (March 10-12). Ray and I each have a workshop. Here are the times and places:
Charlene’s Workshop — Helping Your Kids Discover America — 6:30 p.m., March 10, Room 103
Ray’s Workshop — Why Bother to Learn History? — 11:30 a.m., March 11, Room 104B
We got a wonderful surprise yesterday morning! When we approved the final proofs of From Adam to Us during the first week of February, we were assured that we would have the books back near the end of March. That is a great turnaround time, but we were disappointed that we might have to do our first two conventions without sample copies of our newest curriculum.
You can imagine our surprise and joy yesterday morning when the first box arrived three weeks ahead of schedule. I don’t know when the skids will arrive and we can start shipping them out, but we are excited to have one box full here in plenty of time to take samples to Greenville.
You have been patient while I talked again and again about the process of writing this. I wanted you to share the joy I felt when I actually got to hold the finished product in my hands.
Vastly more important is what is being written by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone — or matte finish coated paper on a giant roll at a printer, or some such — but on human hearts.
As his letters in the New Testament demonstrate, the apostle Paul loved every church he established. He wrote these loving words to the church at Corinth.
You are our letter, written in our hearts,
known and read by all men;
being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us,
written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God,
not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
Every day you are also writing on the tablet of your children’s hearts; and they are your letters as well, known and read by all men. What precious work you do each day.