Well, the whole family seems to have strep throat! Grant bruised his foot quite badly in a fall last Saturday; it was bad enough that I decided to take him to the emergency room on Monday for an x-ray. Because of his cough in the emergency room, the doctor asked if it was okay to do a throat culture? His foot was not broken, but he did have strep. The next day, 3 more of the boys had a fever and cough. I took them to the doctor and they were each prescribed an antibiotic - while at the doctor with those three, the school called to say that Laura had a fever and needed to be picked up from school (she also is now on an antibiotic). Within 2 more days, Carol, Gardner and Kara, also had it and were on antibiotics. Yesterday, while finishing my drive home from Chicago, I started feeling very achy; by the time I got home, my temperature was almost a 101. I decided to do what I haven't done before and that is to find another preacher to fill in for me tomorrow. Josiah has missed 7 days of school; I don't want to give something this difficult to get over to anyone at church, so we are all just going to stay home.
My job driving the van/bus will be ending next week. Upon review my logbook by the DOT, I was told I would have to begin recording all of my church work as compensated labor and therefore could not drive more than 20 hours in a week if I worked for the church for 40 hours in a week. Furthermore, I would have had to make sure that I didn't work more than 40 hours for the church in order to save enough time on my logbook to be able to drive one day a week and do some other odds and ends for the company. Obviously, a pastor can't say, "I will only work 40 hours for the church." So, the two jobs came to the point of incompatibility. It was nice while it lasted, I enjoyed the work, but can see that this is where the Lord directed. I am re-invigorated for my pastoring.
School is going very well for the kids (other than missing this week due to strep). I'm in the midst of starting up my other blog www.baptistcitizen.wordpress.com. On that blog, my first post will be an explanation of our decision to put our kids in the public school. I've talked to quite a few people about the decision, but always only partially. The blog post will be the most detailed explanation - like most people, I can express things best by writing.
I'm sorry there are no pictures this time, but will get some up here soon!