Thanksgiving was a wonderful time for recognizing God’s blessings on us and all He provides for us. Good food, family and fun, yes another would be football, make Thanksgiving a truly blessed time. Now we turn our attention to the Christmas holidays. Though we try to focus on the incredible gift of God’s Son, Christmas is another time of food, family and fun. There’s nothing like watching the excitement of the children opening their gifts on Christmas day.
Sometimes I think we take the blessings and the gifts for granted. It seems like we almost expect the blessings. This story from Cary Schmidt’s Encouraging Words illustrates this well.
Two old friends met each other on the street one day. One looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my old friend?”
The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you: three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.”
“That’s a lot of money.”
“But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand dollars, free and clear.”
“Sounds to me that you’ve been very blessed.”
“You don’t understand!” he interrupted. “Last week my great-aunt passed away. I inherited almost a quarter of a million from her.”
Now the man’s friend was really confused. “Then, why do you look so glum?”
Sometimes we take for granted the many blessings we have. Then when we don’t believe we are getting what we deserve or our lives are not seeming to be blessed, we get discouraged, unhappy and even angry.
The point of this is that we should be thankful at all times. Psalm 147:7, Colossians 3:15 and 1 Chronicles 29:12-14 are just a few of the verses that speak to being thankful with no qualifiers. Not just when we are receiving blessings but when we aren’t.
It is important that we as parents model and reflect to our children that we are always in God’s favor, that He loves us and knows what is best for us. In that way, our children won’t come away with the belief that they should expect a steady stream of blessings and gifts. That regardless of how life is at the time, we are truly blessed.
Our student-athletes and coaches pursue excellence and championships with great effort and focus. Specifically, our fall varsity sports teams are currently having successful seasons!
This summer, the Varsity cheerleaders received 2 Superior Ribbons and a 2nd Place Cheer Championship at the FCC Summer Camp they attended at Houston Baptist University. They also received a bid to FCC Nationals in Orlando and will be competing at the TAPPS state championship held in Waco on November 29-30.
Our varsity cross country team most recently place 5th place in the Birdville 12th Annual Flyin’ Hawks Invitational, led by Joel Jeffers (6th place), Jacob Camp (18th place) and Malen Baldridge (24th place). Heading into the State Meet, held in Waco, the team looks to improve on their top ten finish from a year ago. The Varsity team consists of 7 male runners (Joel Jeffers, Jacob Camp, Malen Baldridge, Max Perales, Bayley Gonzales, Zach Givens and Thomas Bridges) and 2 female runners (Emma Chrane and Emily McMillen).
Our volleyball teams are having a great season. The junior varsity team is currently is 13-2. They will conclude their season at home versus Grapevine Faith next week. The varsity team is 32-2 and currently ranked #1 in TAPPS 3A after defeating the then #1 ranked Rockwall Heritage Christian twice at the McKinney Christian Academy Tournament of Champions earlier in the year. Our Lady Eagles are currently ranked in the Top 25 in all of TAPPS, according to MaxPreps. With a current win streak of 25 games, this team is heading into the playoffs with high expectations! Because of their number 1 seed in the district, it looks like we will host the area match on October 30. Varsity team members are Seniors Karson Hartt, Erin Kalbfleisch & Shelbi Tidwell; Juniors Kayla DeNeefe, Hannah Floyd, Emma Kalbfleisch & Abby Skaggs; Sophomores Libby Gear, Anjal Leopold & Lindsey Young.
The football team is currently 5-1. They are hoping to improve on last year's state semifinal appearance. The Eagles have had big wins against The Highlands School, Garland Christian Academy, Temple Christian School, Fellowship Academy and Lake Country Christian. Our first loss came last Friday against Lubbock Trinity Christian.
More importantly than all the success we are experiencing, the bigger pursuit is to grow our student-athletes to be effective Christians through their athletic experience. Athletics provide such a unique opportunity because of the teamwork and competition aspect and provides us with an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Working together for a common purpose is a parallel to the body of Christ.
So let's continue our pursuit of earthly and spiritually excellence.
I am a grandparent. I have five active, loving and incredible grandkids. I know there are many of us with incredible grandkids but mine are really special! That’s because they are mine! It is a wonderful blessing because I can love them and then send them home!
I have thought about my legacy with them. This is even truer since our theme this year at TCA is To Be a Legacy. We are involved with our grandchildren but they live about an hour or so away and can’t be as involved as we would like to be. Certainly some of you share that desire to have more of life and spiritual impact on our grandkids.
Recently, through an article on the Christian Broadcasting Network website, I became aware of a book that made some suggestions on ways to build a legacy with your grandchildren. The book is titled 101 Ways to Love Your Grandchildren and the authors, Bob and Emilie Barnes suggest building the legacies of memories, faith, life and love.
Memories are important to build and share. Share stories from your life and spend time making new memories and stories through experiences with your grandchildren. Faith is of course so critical for our grandchildren to be able to understand how important our faith is to us and to them. The legacy of life is helping them to learn the Christian characteristics that coincidentally we have been learning about in our elementary chapel times. The Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-25 of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will help them to grow in becoming more like Christ. Finally, the legacy of love that we freely give them is so important and by doing the other three legacies, your grandchildren will definitely understand how much you love them.
There’s much more to this than what I stated in the above paragraph. What I want to stress is how important we, the grandparents, are to our children and grandchildren. We need to strive to continue our involvement in their lives at whatever level we can to ensure legacies of memories, faith, life and love.
One way you can do that is with our Grandparents Day on September 22nd. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your grandkids and be a part of their Christian educational experience.
It’s hard to believe that I am writing my last newsletter article. We have had such a great year and are already gearing up for 2017-18! Below are a few reminders that you will need in order to be “in-the- know” at the end of the year:
- Make sure you have turned in your Splash Kingdom field trip forms. Every adult who is attending must pay admittance.
- Take a look at our website to check dates for Trinity Activity Camps this summer. There have been some date changes and we want to make sure everyone knows when their camp will meet.
- The last day for Eagle’s Nest is May 24th.
- The last day of school is Thursday, May 25th. Our elementary awards ceremony will be at 10:45 in the TBC sanctuary. We will dismiss at 11:30.
- May 19th is this year’s last opportunity to bring food for the Center of Hope canned food drive. Please send 5 cans of food so we can stock their summer pantry. There will be a lot of hungry kiddos who will be out of school in Parker County. I know that Center of Hope would appreciate anything we can give.
As far as preparing for next year, I want you to be aware of a change in our 2017-18 elementary school routine. We will have Parent’s Night (parents only) on Monday, Aug. 21st at 6:00. Then, on Tuesday from 10:00-12:00, classrooms will be open for a come-and-go “Student Day”. Every student and at least one parent are welcome to come to school, drop off supplies and meet their new teacher. We hope that this new format will allow parents to get needed information while students have time to become familiar with their new classrooms. Obviously, you will receive more information about these required meetings. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.
I can’t finish without saying, “Thank you.” I am very grateful for the last 11 years as your elementary principal. I have absolutely fallen in love with you- my TCA family. Your children are precious. They reflect their love of the Lord and the good job you are doing as parents. Know that I will continue to pray for our elementary school, Dr. Newby and TCA families.
Thanks in advance to our hardworking PTF executive board, students, room moms, volunteers and everyone who will give to our faculty/staff this week. Teacher Appreciation Week is always such a blast! TCA knows how to show love to one another. It’s awesome!
Have a great week as you bless others.
Love, Mrs. Squyres