Packing and Planning

The end of the school year is a crazy time here at Sonlight. Our last day full day of school was Tuesday followed by Party Day which was  just fun and games ’til 11:00am and then it was all over.

Next, the mad rush to clean out, put away and cover up everything in our classrooms and then our homes before departure. Imagine all the ToDo list items that can’t be put off any longer, the books, DVDs and every other thing that has been loaned or borrowed all needing to find their owners. Then there are the sad goodbyes to fellow teachers that won’t be returning in August or to the graduates that are heading to college.

Cleaning a year of photos off the fridge. Cleaning out the fridge. Dusting everything. Packing the things you think you’ll need for the summer. Packing the things you really will need for the summer. Making photo DVDs for the graduates and other teachers. Counting and storing textbooks. Feeling sad that you won’t see your students until August. Feeling thrilled that you’ll see your family next week. Feeling sad that you won’t see this church family until August, but thrilled that you’ll see your other church family next week. Feeling anxious about leaving your house and belongings for 10 weeks.

And then there’s the planning.

Making sure everything you’ll need for the early part of the school year is easy to get out and ready. Figuring out what kind of computer parts need to be brought in. How many folders, index cards, red pens, black pens, dry erase markers, blank CD/DVDs, power strips, batteries, etc. How many chairs will I need in my room. Should I breakdown and do the tennis-ball-on-the-chairs thing? What things came up in year seven that I can document and put into my classroom procedures so that don’t happen in year eight? Do I need new curtains for my room? When should I order the glucometer test strips and blood typing kits for A & P?  Which staff member birthdays are right when we get back? Bible study materials, craft materials, devotionals, new Christian music. Can you still find hot-air popcorn poppers like they made in the ’80s?

Everything is stressful and seems uncertain. I’m sad, as this year comes to a close and yet excited as the possibilities of next year unfold.


Father, take care of my students and my family, my friends and my stuff. Take care of the people who pray for us and support us, and the people who don’t. Take my worries and fill me with your peace. I know you hold tomorrow.

Thank you Father, for all the people that visited us this year to encourage us. And for churches and individuals that support us but haven’t been able to visit. May you be glorified by what we say and what we do.

Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.