It’s been a little too long since I’ve posted. I suppose we’ve been fairly busy. But I’m thinking it would be good to share an update about our family.
Molly’s career has really begun to take off. I couldn’t be more proud. Last year was her first time in a classroom in nearly 14 years. It was a bit of a shock for all of us. She stayed stressed, but did outstanding and the kids were all troopers. They have been through way too much change in their short life-time. I think that’s probably my biggest regret as a Dad. I really struggle with this. But life lived through the rear-view mirror isn’t much of a life . . . so, onward and upward.
Back to Molly – this year she was named as a Team Leader for her grade. So in just her second year back to teaching she has teachers reporting to her. She’s got so much more talent and leadership abilities than I ever realized. Or maybe I was just too busy to pay attention. I should have known that if you can run a house with seven people then there’s really not much you can’t do. She has always been so humble, introverted and unassuming. Now, to see her grow in new ways is really terrific. Anyways, she’s already looking towards another promotion into administration. I know she’ll do great!
This year, we decided to send the kids to school with her. So far so good. It’s a bit of a mixed blessing. It’s a lot less stress of running around for me in the mornings and afternoons. Plus, I’m sure it’s pretty cool for them to have Mom their with them. A bit of a sense of reassurance and comfort knowing she’s right upstairs, down the hall, or in Jeremy’s case – across the hall. The other side is that Molly chose to teach in a lower economic school. And in this case that means there are a lot of kids who come from rough homes and live very differently than our kids. We’re so pleased that they are around people who don’t look or live like they do. We want them to appreciate people for the content of their character. We also want them to understand just how blessed they are to have a family who loves and supports them, food to eat each day, nice clothes to wear, etc. Things that so many of their classmates don’t have. They each have a heart for people. Particularly people who aren’t as blessed as them. So each day they get to make the choice to bring the Kingdom of God alive for kids who may never otherwise see the love that Jesus has for them. We do wish some of the kids’ behavior and language wasn’t so rough. But, that too, is a great lesson for our kids.
As for me, well, I’m blessed. I could just stop writing and you would have already seen why. But I’m also serving with a really, really good church. It’s nice to work with folks who really get it. I guess “it” is just having a pretty good understanding of what being a follower of Jesus is all about. We really don’t struggle with a lot of the things that “typical” (I’m not sure exactly what that means) CofC’s struggle with. Collectively, we all seem to focus on what’s most important – loving God and loving our neighbors. Of course, nothing is perfect. We certainly have our challenges. But I’ll take those over some of the others I’ve had to face. I’m looking forward to years of continued ministry here. We’ll see how the road travels.
We also have some exciting news to share. We have started a business. Well, I have started a business. I’ve always had an interest in building websites. And I recently learned a new skill to go along with that. So now, I’ve started doing internet marketing for small businesses. That’s just a fancy way of saying that I build web sites that Google recognizes and places on the first page of search results so that customers can find them more easily. Our best success to date is helping someone generate over $75,000 worth of bids the past couple of months. It’s really neat to be a part of someone else’s dream come true! So if you’re a small business owner get in touch with me. Chances are, I can help you grow your business! And if you know any business owners please pass their names along (or give mine to them). I’d like to really grow this business as quickly as possible and could really use your help. Thank you!
I guess I should clarify that I have no intention of leaving ministry – ever. I hope to die still doing ministry. But we have some financial goals that require us to generate some additional income. Nothing fancy, just things like retirement and putting five kids through school. Plus, it’s a bit of a dream of mine to grow this business to the point where I can put my paycheck right back into the offering plate. Or maybe fund another minister on my own. That would be pretty cool. So help me out! Would love to get some more referral business going 🙂
I think that about covers the Schoppers. Above all else, we’re just plugging along here in Sarasota. Incredibly blessed and learning more and more each day how to love God more passionately.
Drop us a line. It’d be nice to hear from you.