Sunday, May 22, 2011

Finishing Strong - Words of Encouragement

The last two weeks I have found myself constantly saying to the Minipearls things like, "If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right." or "Focus!" or "Is this your very best work?" or (in desperation) "If you will just get this over with, I will pay you a dollar!" Yes, the end of school is here. My babies are done. I am done. Done!
Friday is the last day of school. So, why pray tell, have the teachers saved their "best for last"? Sweet Pea has a test today over the fifty states. She will be given a blank map of the U.S. and is expected to correctly name each state, it's capital and postal abbreviation and "yes" spelling counts. But wait, there's more! Sport Cort turned in a State Report this morning. We have been working on this for a week and a half. I applaud my little intellectual, as the day he brought home the assignment, he immediately started to work on it. However, we lost some steam when we got toward the end of the "report packet" and the answers required more than a simple one word answer. Sport Cort's state of choice? Florida. We here in the Pearl household love Florida. This is our third report on "the Sunshine State". Sweet Pea and Fisherman were quick to step in with "helpful hints" and advice and that did not help matters. We muddled through and after a trip to Hobby Lobby on Friday, Sporty produced a wonderfully bright and colorful poster - all by himself, right down to the border of sunshine stamps - all his idea. I am thinking of sending it to the Florida Board of Tourism. He gives his oral report tomorrow. I know that some of you are thinking this, so I will ease your mind. I absolutely did NOT do this for my boy. I am not one of those mothers. If my children aren't willing to work, then neither am I. I am there to try and answer questions, let them use my art supplies and make sure they don't print crazy pictures off the internet and for the occasional drive to the craft store for more supplies, but I do not do the work. I'm a mean mom that way.

Fisherman is having an easier week, for now, as he is a "senior" in the school that he attends. He has a graduation on Friday that I cannot talk about right now, as the tears are coming too fast. He is enjoying a week long party, but I received no less than ten emails this weekend about summer reading lists and book discussions, student volunteer opportunities, sports conditioning programs and next year's elective sign-ups. Oh dear. We aren't in elementary school anymore. I am soooo not ready for this. Middle School. That's a whole 'nother post.

I know that I am not alone in this mad dash to the finish line that is the last day of school. I encourage everyone (moms and dads, too) to remember that "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right." and "Finish strong" and my favorite,

" If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.." Acts 20:24

My task? Get my babies to summer by ending school on a strong note and making sure that I carry a smile on my face and finish strong! Good luck!


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