31 August 2010


The school and its extracurricular clubs have started up. As homeschoolers, we meet not so much for the club aspect as the friendships that accompany them. One of the clubs we do is called "Keepers of the Faith" and the other is "Contenders for the Faith." They are the girls and boys versions, respectively, of a kind Christian scouting program.

This year I am the "Spiritual Leader" of my daughter's Keepers group. I will spend the next week listening for God to tell me which scripture I should propose for the girls to memorize. This group is ages 9-16.

I need to do a concordance study for the word trust too. I've been relying on myself when I shouldn't. Was reading John 15 and felt a little like the dried up vine. Just need to abide more consiously!

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!Teresa (Tracy) Dear

12 August 2010

Wonderful Praises

Well, hello... thanks for coming back! I have gotten some comments recently- even a note on Facebook! from readers that actually wanted to interact with me. Wow. It's so exciting to hear from some of you. It really encourages me to come back and write again.

Here's the latest news: James, who lost his job last November, found out about something called the post 9/11 GI Bill. In addition to paying for your school costs, it also pays a stipend to cover bills so you can focus on studying. Ours is enough to cover the rent and the car payment! So half of our problems solved.

Hopefully, the other half of our problems will get fixed as the weather here in Texas (heat index of 110* lately!) cools off and more people have weddings that need catered, so the catering companies will call him to work more often.

I know you will rejoice with me when you hear THIS news: James went with me to a foster care certification class this month!!! He is getting his TB test (ok, it's for his college course, but we need it for foster too!) and talking much more readily about it with me.

I actually went and talked to the girl who teaches the class to ask her if I am crazy. I feel a maternal, crazy strong pull to a sibling group in Dallas. It's a brother and sister, I've never met them, but I think about them all the time. I even looked up how to get an extra seat for my van so I can fit everybody. She said many times, those are the kids you are supposed to have, and many times they are just the tool that finally gets you to come in and start the certification process. I don't know, I just know that they updated their picture online and they are so big now, I feel like I'm missing important parts of their life.

When my firstborn smiled up at me one day and I saw a little white line of her first tooth, involuntary tears sprang to my eyes as I realized how fast the time was passing. The same thing happened when I saw the new picture of these two online. *Sniff*

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!Teresa (Tracy) Dear

04 August 2010

Still Here!

Not to much to say that I can put into words before bed. Bedtime comes so quickly when I'm this tired. I donated some sleep time to the maintenance of my home and I'm just done for the day. I wanted to just say hi, I'm still here, to those of you that mentioned that you miss new posts when you check back. Glad to know that there is someone out in blogland reading me! I have a little list of stuff I'd like to share, and I'm going to get on it this week. Thanks for thinking of me!

I've been working full time at a local daycare until James starts school Aufgust 23rd. The GI Bill gives us a housing allotment so hopefully our struggle with unemployment will ease some. My heart has been hurting with all I have been seeing in the daycare system, how the parents and kids (and teachers too) struggle.

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!Teresa (Tracy) Dear