Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

When Do You Open Presents?

Are you a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day kind of family?  Or, do you have variable schedules and you have your Christmas on your own time?
Growing up, we always opened our presents on Christmas Day.  We were allowed to open one on Christmas Eve, but part of the fun was getting up early on Christmas Day, digging through our stockings and opening presents together.  It was a hard transition for me to open presents on Christmas Eve, as my husband's family has always done.  
As much as I don't like it though, Christmas Eve presents make sense for our family.  His family gathers on Christmas Eve, and again on Christmas Day.  He works a rotating schedule, so if Christmas falls on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday, he will be gone during the day, and we will have our family time together in the evening.  Rather than make our kids get up on Christmas morning and stare at wrapped presents all day, waiting for Daddy, we open gifts on Christmas Eve and they get to spend Christmas Day celebrating and playing with those gifts.  We have our family Christmas Dinner in the evenings, at Suppertime. We have thankfully so far been able to host Christmas Dinner, so I can still spend the day enjoying our family and friends, in our home.
Another friend of ours works in a mine about 2 hours away, with a rotating schedule.  He is often not home on holidays or birthdays, depending how his schedule falls.  They know well in advance what his rotation schedule is, so they schedule their Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday celebrations at alternate times, so their entire family can be there.
What about you?  When and how does your family celebrate?

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