For more than a month, my kids have been preparing for today-Halloween! Frick immediately knew she wanted to be a hippie so off to Goodwill we went in search of some retro clothes; of course nothing worked. So I quickly Googled hippie costumes and found a really cute outfit.
She quickly selected a shirt then sought out "fabric" (other shirts) that coordinated so she could cut it in squares and make her own skirt! She finished it last week and was thrilled with her accomplishment!
Then there is Frack who had no idea what she wanted to be. She has such an easy going personality--the last two years, she has simply selected to wear her tap recital costume. It was a little snug in the shoulders so she had to get creative and we spent lots of time on Pinterest looking for just the right thing. Most of you know she is an avid gardener so when she saw a garden gnome she knew that was the Halloween look for her!
I know you're probably thinking what in the world do these adorable Halloween costumes have to do with living in the world? Let me explain...after much deliberation I made the decision to enroll the girls in a local homeschool coop. It was really, really difficult for me to join because of a little thing they call "statement of faith." I've been a card carrying Methodist since before I was born, my grandparents were Methodist, my great-grandparents even gave land so that a Methodist church could be built on their land (the church-where my parents met and later married-is gone but the land still belongs to my parents). So I have faith, I have beliefs and ordinarily I don't have a problem with things like this but take a look at what I had to "understand"-
1. We believe the Bible is the only infallible, inerrant Word of God and it is the final authority for all matters of faith and life.
2. We believe there is one God--eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the perfect deity and perfect humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His sacrificial death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, and His bodily return in power and glory.
4. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but chose to sin and therefore is lost and only those who put their faith in Jesus Christ alone are saved.
5. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and is received by personal faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, whose death on the cross paid the price for man's sin through His shed blood.
6. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict man of his sin, indwell, guide, instruct and empower men for godly life and service.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers through our common faith in Jesus Christ.
8. We believe the family is the basic institution created by God to include members related by birth, legal adoption or guardianship, and/or marriage (one man and one woman).
9. We believe in a literal six day creation by God, our Creator, as outlined in Genesis.
Number 8 really gets me...that's my beef the clause declaring "one man and one woman" to define marriage.
I don't really have to agree with them all I was told, I simply have to understand that their leadership team is bound by these eight guidelines. Okay-I'll understand, but if my dear friends L & J from Living Waters ever decide to homeschool their sweet son, I will go to bat for them if they want to participate in this coop!!!!
So that still doesn't tie together living in the world, does it? This coop group (I am blessed to belong to because my kids have made some neat friends and learned some cool things) sends out a message this week:
XXX has a tradition of not "celebrating" or acknowledging Halloween at XXX functions. Different families have different ideas about this as a "holiday", but as a group, we do not participate in or sponsor Halloween activities. However, we do not avoid activities on October 31st either, since every day is the Lord's day. While you will have an abundance of opportunities to participate in Halloween activities throughout the community over the next week or two if you like, please do not attend XX activities, including coop, field trips and club meetings, dressed in costume, or with other Halloween type props. In many cases, it would also be unwelcome to spend time at XXX events discussing Halloween activities.