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(Date Posted:05-20-2015 6:28 AM)
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In less then a month the kids will start summer camp. Then in August they will start school. The goal with summer camp is to have them go three days a week part time 8:00-12:30 pm, then when the regular school year starts for the half have them go a full 8 hrs for three days then slowly work them into a full schedule. I have to admit this whole school thing is a bit unnerving. For the last two and half years I have spent my days with the kids, I have gotten use to surviving on little or no sleep, spending the day watching Curious George  or Elmo. just watching them grow and seeing their personalities starting to develop has been amazing. But now all that is changing, okay so they will be at summer camp in the morning and with me and the wife in the afternoon. I know them going to school is the natural process of things, but yet it seems unreal to me. it could be I am just nervous, afraid and don't like change. Maybe its because I am suddenly going to have trust others with my kids. Up till this point they have been with either me or the wife or family. The wife and I are very protective of them. I also think it's a loss of control. when their with me i feel like i can protect them absolutely, expect for the times when i get hit, kicked in the head or smacked with a dirty pull up, then I go into homer Simpson mode "why you little...."
I have been thinking about this since the first time the wife came to me and said we need to enroll them in school, originally the wife had wanted to do it when the daughter turned one, but i just wasn't ready and i don't think either of the kids where. my mind has been working over time recently trying to cope with all of this. I was driving home the other day and was listening to a christian radio show and they were talking about how we have this natural habit of wanting to be in control and how any thing that takes any of that control away we fight against, because we feel like we are going to fall apart if even the slightest  bit of control is taken away. Okay sure the loss of a little most of us can handle.  for a school paper i did for psychology course the paper address the issue of human trauma and natural disasters, the psychological and sociological effects of hurricanes, tornadoes , earthquakes. As i read various news reports about Katrina, Andrew, and other events and read about survivors  and how the events had effected them, somewhere in each story in some way shape or form control had suddenly been stripped away from them, and most of these people were in free fall. I realize that there was little any could against a hurricane and the destruction it brings. But then i realize it wasn't the storm itself that cause disarray it was after the storm, trying to find balance. It came down to situational conrtol. My theory as well as others (I assume) is that if a person has a little bit of  situational conrtol after the storm to give them a starting point, i think it takes some of the emotional toll away. I think this one area where technology really comes into play. five , ten , twenty years ago when hurricanes came along and wrecked havoc  it was a nightmare especially where personal  items where involved photos, tax and business records, letters how many of untold thousands of personal items  were loss? now with jump drives, SD Cards various cloud services and other storage devices all of these items can be preserve, while its not total control it allows for some and allows a person to slowly get their lives back togther.

the radio host while he talked about trust and control he brought up another point, while we want to be 110% in charge, it often puts us at odds with God, because we want to be in control and go our way say path A and God might be saying okay we are going down path A but only to this  point, from there we are going to take side path and go over to path D   or God might be saying no to path A but yes to path B but because of trust issues and resistance we struggle against God and it hinders his plans for us  
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Re:And then came school
(Date Posted:05-20-2015 12:59 PM)

 Sounds like you are struggling with the empty nest syndrome...
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:05-26-2015 5:09 AM)

and there simply going to summer camp three days a week for about four hours a day. I think it's my problem adjusting to change, getting out of my comfort zone. I knew this day was coming, I also know that some day many years from now, we will load her car, truck, hovercraft  or what ever personal transportation device is being used at that point  i will hug her and not want to let go, but I will because I know it will time be time for her to go out and start her own life. I think the best example is when John talks about his place compared to Jesus in the Bible. Before Jesus there is John and John is preaching about Jesus,  but when Jesus comes John says I must decrease while he (Jesus) increase (John 3:30). That's one of joys and heart break of being a parent, little by little you as parent have to step back and allow them room to grow, fly or fall. But always being there in the lowest and darkest points to encourage them, love them. i will admit too i am excited to see them start this phase
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Re:And then came school
(Date Posted:05-26-2015 1:02 PM)

 I don't think your role as a father diminishes so much as transforms over time. She will still need you, just in a different capacity...
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:06-07-2015 9:47 PM)

Well we are just about twelve hours away from the start of summer camp. Wednesday we submitted our paper work, so the kid's are officially enrolled. Thursday we went shopping for school supplies. We spent over $125 on items they needed, backpacks, thermos's, lunch bags, plus they got clothes. Where the man really. Sticks it to you are 5he cartoon theme bags and such items. $15 per thermos! Of course we could have gotten cheaper but we let the kids pick out their items. Since its summer time the kids are back to sandals, flip flops, and flats. One the requirements for school is all shoes be enclosed. Finding an enclosed toe sands for boys no problem,  finding one for a girl good luck. I went to five different stores before I find a pair for her.  I have bought school supplies for drivers and fund raising events, didn't think much of it, buying  your own is where it gets complicated. 
So tomorrow we start the next great adventure. Seems like only yesterday we were holding our daughter for the first time. Trying to wrap our minds around this parenting thing. As parent your thinking ahead days, month's,  weeks, even years.  I remember right after we got back wondering about schools and pre schools. When do we enroll them, where?so many questions,  I am trusting in the lord on this one. Well its time to wrap up. Kids need bathes,  backpacks have to be pack, clothes assembled, shoes located, coffee made
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-09-2015 6:56 PM)

We are just about three weeks away from the start of the regular school year. Last week we bought a couple of school uniforms, $180 for five shirts, a pair of shorts and a skirt. We still have to purchase jumpers, another couple pair of shorts or pants for Zachariah. Next pay day we are going out to purchase the kids shoe's from stride rite. in November we will purchase official school fleece jackets for them. My wife and I got to talking about how a few months before they started out at their school. my wife and I were checking out parks for a social event we were going to host and my wife jokingly said our kids are going to go that private Jewish school right there and I replied great we can also fork out several hundred dollars for them to attend each month, starting to think we should become fortune tellers

the kids have adjusted well, my daughter is pretty popular with her classmates, last week I took her to her room after dropping Zachariah off as we came into the room several of the kids saw me and yelled it's na-na's daddy na-na is our daughters nickname. several of her classmates ran over to meet her and they were all huggin, giggling and dancing around, before joining hands and running back over to the circle just in time in time story time.  the first few weeks she would have a fit as I was leaving. now we enter her class room she hands me her backpack and lunch bag points and tells me where they go then runs off to join her friends

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Re:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-09-2015 7:15 PM)

 Sounds like a smooth transition...
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-21-2015 6:28 AM)

Yesterday we attended orientation for regular school which starts Monday. Sending kids to school these days is not cheap supplies, uniforms, new clothes and shoes have sets us back a few hundred dollars, I would say that is the cost for private school but even public school is costly even if you have one kid and shop at Wal-Mart or Target it's still going to cost you $$$.  a lot of classes in school  are doing away traditional text books and instead going to Ipads or other tablet devices for kids to use to complete assignments, luckily for me my two are just going to per school. My daughter will have the same two teachers she had during summer camp. our Foster son will be transferring from the three year old to the four year old class room. It's amazing how much their vocabulary has improved. Our Daughter can count up to twenty now, not always in the correct order  and Saturday comes between 10 and 12. they are both good with Shapes and Colors and both are doing really well with their Alphabets. Well I am off to the bank I have to take the mother n laws mini van out for a drive and I need to go get money to give to the wife.  So I am off


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Re:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-21-2015 12:51 PM)

 Kids were always expensive, even when I was one... Smiley
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-25-2015 8:17 PM)

It's gotten more expensive since you and I where kids. Today the average parent or parents spend roughly around $200 for supplies for the start of the new school year. When you factor in private schools the uniform cost alone can be $200. We spent  $180 on basically three uniform sets for the kids. We will spend another $100 by the end of the year for school jackets. Over the last two weeks I think we formed out just under $200 for shoes. They each got three pairs. Zech got a pair of hush puppies, we also found him a pair of kedds at ROSS . we originally weren't going to go look, but we decided to try our luck. We caught a break, we found our daughter her size and zech his size. I forget what we got our daughter I know it was a pair of tennis shoes one of the more popular name brand. We caught a huge break I think we paid $15 for her shoe's and they normally ran for $35-$37. Every now and then we catch a good deal at ROSS. My wife recently told me its about time to retire a pair of my Rockports. ROSS is where I got my first pair. So far I think I have had five pair. The ones my wife said I need to retire are reaching the ten years of service mark. I was surprised we found hush puppies for zech. 
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-25-2015 8:18 PM)

And by the way we are now in official school time
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Re:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-26-2015 6:50 PM)

 It may be more expensive dollar wise, but I wager the percentage is probably pretty close to what it was when we were kids...
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-27-2015 11:28 AM)

I would have to stay todays kids have us beat by a few point. Not only are there the general items such as clothing, shoes, backpacks, pens, pencils and note books that countless generations of kids have needed. But a lot of kids these days are also using smartphones, tablets and laptops to complete school work and these items aren't generally provided by the school. a lot of schools to combat overcrowding may have students take a class online environment , you may have some students who complete all their classes this way. the only thing I had to worry about was having a note book and something to write with. I kept everything else I needed in my locker, come to think of it I can think of two lockers I never cleared out when I left those schools , I am going to go out on a limb and say whatever in those lockers was removed years, decades ago
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Re:And then came school
(Date Posted:08-27-2015 1:44 PM)

 The electronics are a difference.

I was taught to use a slide rule in high school...
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RE:And then came school
(Date Posted:09-04-2015 10:56 AM)

End of week two. We might be pulling the kids from school. We have been juggling bills, cutting costs,  everywhere we can and we just aren't getting ahead in fact we are sinking. If there is one word that summs up my life is the word regret. In time I come to regret everything thing, probably one one the big reasons for my lack of faith. Since the day we left for Atlanta nearly three years ago, one thought has been in my mind pretty much constantly I am going to regret this, or I am making a mistake. 
I really don't want to pull them from the school because they doing so well. I need to get a better paying job or somehow firgure out away to get a part time. Yes it would mean less sleep and less time with the family. But family and sleep don't pay bills, put food on the table, keep a roof over our heads
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