Sculley Family 2018

“How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence.” (1 Thessalonians 3:9, NLT)

Dear loved ones,

We thank God for each of you – you bring us joy in sharing life together, whether we see one another frequently or rarely. 2018 has been a full year for all of us, so here’s the briefest of updates, as each one has their own amazing stories to share . . .

Peter works as a software engineer at a high tech blockchain startup in the western U.S.

Jonathan continues his Ph.D. studies in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech, working as a Research Assistant.

Michael graduated with a B.S. in Philosophy from Toccoa Falls College, earned a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Georgia, and works for a national automotive distributor.

Cascade is a senior studying Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech and works in a campus lab making metal-organic frameworks.

Karis is in her final few months of Sculley Academy and works at a Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Esther graduated from Sculley Academy and works in local restaurants.

Paul & Karen enjoyed traveling to Serbia & Hungary and recently celebrated their 33rd anniversary. Paul continues to work from home managing investments, and Karen does her usual eclectic gigs here, there, and everywhere. We enjoy walking workouts, Awana, Vineyard Institute, offering life / financial coaching, encouraging, teaching, serving, watching movies, playing with our kittens, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Our favorite times are when we get to spend time with loved ones, especially our precious kids. We’re thankful that we get to share our home and hearts with others, as we try to love each person well, just as they are. We’re thankful for our beautiful church family at Liberty Vineyard, with whom we share life daily.

Thank you for your presence in our lives! May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face to shine upon you, be gracious to you, and give you peace!

Paul, Karen, Peter, Jonathan, Michael, Cascade, Karis, Esther

(along with our friend Sunny, kitties Dex, Samwyse, Sheru, Amelia, & dog Runner)

“My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises!” (Psalm 57:7, NLT)

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Sculley Academy 2018-19

We’re two weeks into Sculley Academy year 23 🙂 My precious Karis asked me to teach her again for her senior year, and she’s doing great! This year’s subjects include Math, World Lit, Biology, French, SAT prep, Bible studies (starting with the Psalms of Ascent), DVD courses (Chaos, Discrete Mathematics, Great Ideas of Classical Physics, Medical School for Everyone, Nutrition Made Clear, Physiology and Fitness, Thinking Like an Economist), and of course Funky Fridays (our treasure box full of eclectic reads)! I so enjoy learning alongside my kids – this has been the most amazing adventure of my life (the more we know, the more we realize how little we know). Meanwhile, when I thought I was “done” teaching Sculley Academy, I started a monthly support group for home school moms (S.A.F.E. – Sculley Academy Friends of Educators) – let me know if you’d like to join us. I thank God for these opportunities to invest in others as others have invested in me over the decades.

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Sculley Family 2017

“Jesus said: . . . The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy . . . Love others as well as you love yourself.” (Mark 12:29 – 31, The Message)

Dear loved ones,

Firstly, we apologize for the long gap between our “annual” letters 😊 We’re thankful for each of you in our lives and hope to connect with you again soon, ideally, in person, or perhaps via email / txt / sms / Facebook / Skype / Instagram / Twitter / smoke signals . . .

This year has been eventful, as are all years, and we certainly don’t want to give the impression that life is smooth sailing (“life is hard, God is good, let’s dance!”), but since our “kids” are all pretty much grown up now, each one will want to tell most of their own stories themselves. So, for your reading pleasure, I’ve crafted this word puzzle that you’ll have to solve to find out a few random facts. Here’s how you play. Read the questions below and decide which member of the Sculley family it applies to. Fill in that person’s assigned letter in the corresponding blank. If you correctly solve all 16 questions, the secret message will make sense. If not, well, that’s ok, too. Are you ready? (Hint: there are two for each Sculley)

Cascade – C
Esther – E
Jonathan – T
Karen – R
Karis – S
Michael – M
Paul – L
Peter – Y

___ ___ ___ R ___
1 – – 2 – – 3 – – – – 4

___ H R I S ___ M A ___
5 – – – – – – 6 – – – – 7

F ___ O ___
– – 8 – – 9

___ H ___
10 – – – 11

___ ___ U ___ ___ E ___ S !
12 – – 13 – – – 14 – 15 – – 16

Now for the questions:
1. Who served as elected vice president and later as president of a club?
2. Whose approach can be identified by metallic jingling sounds?
3. Who got their first speeding ticket this past year?
4. Who slept outside a monastery?
5. Who slept inside a monastery?
6. Who authored a paper published in an academic journal established in 1954?
7. Who is learning to speak French?
8. Who often uses the AllTrails app to find new hiking trails?
9. Whose job resulted in them rising before 5am each day?
10. Who regularly walks to the grocery store and rides Uber home?
11. Who served on a leadership council for two consecutive years?
12. Who spent a week at the Georgia State Capitol?
13. Who walked over 2000km in one year?
14. Who escaped unharmed (thank God) even though the car was totaled?
15. Who lost over 30 pounds by doing almost daily walking workouts?
16. Who rafted down a river on the border of Bosnia-and-Herzogovina and Montenegro?

Meanwhile, here’s the “big picture” of what each of us is up to these days (those who know us well may wonder about our “bonus kids” which is what we love to call those who are closer-than-the-average-friend, but those stories are for our kids to tell if and when they choose to 🙂

Paul is on an extended sabbatical while focusing on supporting each one in our family (mentoring, advice, wisdom, practical help), studying Microsoft database management, managing our long-term investments, and overseeing the finances and logistics for our church. Paul and Karen together serve on the leadership team for Liberty Vineyard Church, study seminary courses with Vineyard Institute, and greatly enjoy working out together. Paul enjoys planning and helping with travel adventure logistics & bargain hunting for us all.

Karen is in her 22nd year of teaching Sculley Academy, in addition to teaching high school classes at Eastside Academic Studies (Movies That Make You Think, Philosophy, Personal Finance), providing piano accompaniment for choir & musical productions at Creative Hearts, and finding great movies for the movie nights for teens & adults that we host in our home. She enjoys spending quality time each day with Paul, supporting / connecting with each of our kids as often as possible, walking, knitting, doing challenging jigsaw puzzles, as well as serving people of all ages and stages near and far via encouragement, prayer, listening, wisdom, hospitality, and friendship.

Peter completed his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech and worked for a Dutch engineering firm in the field of warehouse control systems (doing projects in Nevada, Virginia, North Carolina, and Michigan for firms including American Outfitters, LIDL, and Amazon). He’s now on a new international adventure including remote software and app development, travel, and cooking.

Jonathan is continuing his Ph.D. studies in Electrical Engineering at Georgia Tech (gaining his Master’s degree along the way) and works as a Research Assistant. He enjoys showing hospitality in his apartment and hosting crowd-sourced computer programming contests for clients such as NASA, mining companies, and HP. He’s been known to teach classes when his professor is away and cooking up delicious international dishes. Jonathan also supplied all of us with great solar eclipse glasses back in August!

Michael is a senior at Toccoa Falls College studying Philosophy and beginning to look at post-graduate employment and study possibilities. He reads and writes voraciously, serves on two leadership teams on campus, and on Friday evenings travels with a team to Little Five Points in Atlanta to serve the homeless by having conversations, listening, praying, and sharing food and practical assistance as needed. He spent the summer working at a local warehouse.

Cascade has transferred from Liberty University (where she was studying pre-Med) to Georgia Tech, now majoring in Chemical Engineering / Chemistry (with a minor in German). She spent the summer serving refugees in Germany, walking across Spain again, and enjoying the beauty of a wide variety of people and places. She has spent the last few months working as a barista / waitress / high school tutor / math & physics grader, and enjoys connecting with friends & family, reading, hiking, creating photo albums, journaling, sewing, knitting, and leading worship at church.

Esther is in 12th grade at Sculley Academy and looking forward to graduating from high school in May. She takes classes at Creative Hearts (choir / drama) and Eastside Academic Studies (Spanish / Movies that make you think / Personal Finance). She has enjoyed serving on the leadership council at EAS in planning and coordinating activities throughout the year. She spent three weeks at camp this past summer and went on two mission trips this year: serving kids in Appalachia and gleaning produce in south Georgia. Esther plays guitar in our church worship team most Sundays and also helps at a weekly kids’ club during a women’s Bible study.

Karis is in 11th grade at Sculley Academy. She enjoys taking a Personal Finance class at Eastside Academic Studies and working several shifts a week at our local Chick-fil-a restaurant. She spent three weeks at camp in the summer doing leadership training, drama, and criminal justice. A highlight of her year was spending a week at TeenPact, a Christian leadership school with an emphasis on political process and influencing the culture, and she looks forward to doing that again next year.

Enough about us. How are you? We value relationships; we value our relationship with you! Face-to-face is best, and we’d love to see you this year, and sincerely enjoy unexpected visitors, so come visit!

God bless you each,
Paul, Karen, Peter, Jonathan, Michael, Cascade, Esther, Karis

“And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all.” (Romans 15:33, NLT)

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Sculley Family website is back again!

Sculley Family website is back up again! I hadn’t updated this site since 2007, back in the days of FrontPage . . . so it will take awhile for me to migrate all the old (and still useful) pages . . . and add new ones . . . stay tuned!

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Sculley Academy 2016-17

Sculley Academy 2016-17 is underway! For our 21st year we have two stellar students, Esther and Karis. I love our home schooling adventures and am honored and blessed to have this opportunity! Our adventures this year (some at home, some in classes elsewhere with fabulous teachers) include: Praise & Worship, Bible (starting with a study called “Weird”!), Geometry, Chemistry, U.S. History, Grammar, Psychology, SAT Prep, Khan Academy, Lumosity, Typing, Classical Latin, British Literature, AP Language & Composition, Debate, Math Club, Philosophy, Movies that make you think, Choir, Drama, Competition Prep, Girls’ Ensemble, Ballet en pointe, Funky Fridays (yay!) and super DVD extras (The Art of Storytelling, Discrete Mathematics, The Everyday Gourmet, Masters of Photography, Mysteries of the Microscopic World, Nutrition Made Clear, Understanding the Human Body, Understanding Modern Electronics) . . . woohoo! We value your prayers and encouragement!

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Sculley Family 2014

“For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6, NLT)

Dear loved ones,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We share our annual letter with you in the hope that our lives will brightly reflect the love and glory of God – may He receive all the praise, honor, and glory! We have so much to be thankful for – each day is a gift from God to be received with gratitude. What we do with each day is our gift back to Him. Each year I try to think of a creative way to tell you about our year and what we’re each up to. This year, the Myers-Briggs type indicators came to mind 😉 Instead of boring you with our four-letter combinations, I thought I’d make it a little more fun by giving a snapshot of what each of us would be like if we were cuts of beef (for the men, thanks to Hoven Farms) or desserts (for the ladies, thanks to the Sugar Box Lady). Here we go . . .

• Paul, if he were a cut of beef, would be a rib-eye steak. He “takes flavor seriously and likes to work on his own, but is not against great side dishes.” Paul finished his long stint with Georgia Pacific earlier this year, and is now on a study sabbatical, ramping up his skills in all kinds of computer programming acronyms. He is a pillar of wisdom and can often be found giving counsel to loved ones of all ages, especially on significant life decisions. He serves in a thousand and one ways at home, at Liberty Vineyard (our church), in person and online. If anyone needs anything, tech gadget or otherwise, Paul either already has one stashed away or finds the best price online within minutes. He loves surprising us with treasures and special trips. He helps each of us to think about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. Paul can often be found in his home office, where he likes to study, have long conversations, fix things, watch movies, and work out. Favorite music includes whatever his kids put on the radio or Pandora.

• Karen, if she were a dessert, would be a chocolate-chip cookie. She “is warm, enthusiastic, appreciative, and supportive, and helps everyone feel good.” Karen has an all-girl student body for the first time in 19 years of teaching Sculley Academy. She is thankful for the opportunities she’s had to teach in church, conferences, camps, retreats, seminary, schools, and other groups throughout the year. She enjoys finding inspiring books & other resources for each person and situation, including our monthly movie nights. She loves providing opportunities for people to connect with God, connect with others, and thrive. She finished her 2 years of training in spiritual direction, and enjoys helping others to recognize God’s voice in their lives. She loves every chance she has to make beautiful music, especially as accompanist for worship teams, choirs, musicals, and open mic nights. Alone-time for Karen means just the eight of us, and she is especially thankful for Paul and each of the children, each of whom is the joy of her heart! She does in fact love chocolate, too, and has to admit that secret stashes of it have helped her through times of bumpy adolescent waters. Karen can be found here, there, and everywhere. Favorite music includes worship music, Celtic, classical, Russian Orthodox chants, and bands that blend old and new instruments (especially Le Vent du Nord and Trans-Siberian Orchestra).

• Peter (23), if he were a cut of beef, would be a tenderloin. He “is always thinking, and solves your problems by wrapping them in bacon.” Peter has just one remaining elective to do before receiving his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He has a unique way of seeing things and sheds light on all kinds of topics with his strategic questions and insights. He and Karen taught adult ESL together one night a week for four months, and he discovered he has a wonderful gift for teaching and relating to those who are finding their way in a foreign land. Peter enjoys connecting with friends online on a regular basis. He is an amazing kid magnet – whenever little people are in the vicinity, they can be found clustering around Peter. He is a source of great humor and stability, especially when others are experiencing emotional turbulence. Peter can usually be found in the man cave or the kitchen! Favorite music includes Mily Balikirev, Modest Mussorgsky, and techno dance music.

• Cascade (17), if she were a dessert, would be a carrot cake. She “is empathetic, kind, responsible, social, loyal, and makes others feel at ease.” Cascade is a senior at Sculley Academy, and has been accepted to begin her college studies next autumn at Liberty University in Virginia, where she plans to study pre-med with a minor in vocal performance. She loves reading, cooking, planning, creating, writing, music, drama, and dreaming. Cascade is in her 5th year dancing with “Praise in Motion,” choreographed her dance solo, was stage manager for 3 one-act plays, and competed in music, dance, and drama as a soloist and in duo and ensemble groups (reaching the finals at a regional competition singing “O Mio Babbino Caro”). Cascade is one of our worship leaders at Liberty Vineyard, leading the singing once a month with Esther on guitar, Karis on djembe, and Mummy on keyboard. When not practicing, performing, or doing AP Calculus homework, Cascade can often be found on the love seat swing enjoying a small stack of her most recent book discoveries, knitting while watching “Call the Midwife” with her sisters, going on driving adventures to the library and beyond, cooking up delicious and nutritious cuisine, or playing “Phantom of the Opera” or “Les Mis” songs on the piano. Favorite music includes Irish / Celtic, 50s / 60s / 70s, Jesus Culture, Mendelssohn, and certain musicals.

• Jonathan (20), if he were a cut of beef, would be a t-bone steak. He “is a natural leader, a self-confident steak that strives for perfection on the grill.” Jonathan graduated in May from LeTourneau University with his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and 3 minors. He received an award for achieving the highest score on the Ph.D. entrance exam at Georgia Tech, where he is now studying and researching. Jonathan is the tech guru of our home and is great at asking strategic questions of those who are struggling to find the best direction. Jonathan can be found in the man cave or playing his favorite game (trivia) or other family games. Favorite music includes Irish music and classic rock.

• Esther (14), if she were a dessert, would be a brownie. She “is quiet, friendly, peaceful, and brings great comfort to others without being pushy or opinionated.” Esther is a high schooler at Sculley Academy, and especially enjoys guitar, science, animals, dancing, drawing, singing, babysitting, and anything creative, including salon-worthy nail painting. This year she joined the choir that her sisters have been a part of, so all four Sculley ladies have shared this experience together! Esther enjoys sharing her gift of music whenever the opportunity arises, including concerts and special church services. She continues to grow in ability and grace in dance in ballet (en pointe) and modern. Esther can often be found reading on the swing, taking Runner for a walk, picking out a song on her guitar, or drawing with fine-line markers. Favorite music includes Christian radio (especially Unspoken and Colton Dixon) and Irish music.

• Michael (19), if he were a cut of beef, would be a rump roast. He “is quiet and friendly, striving to create an orderly meal that you can eat at home or at work.” Michael is a freshman studying philosophy at Toccoa Falls College. He enjoys exploring and discussing the deepest questions of life and was delighted to discover a philosophy club on campus that closely resembles the monthly “Movie Nights for Thinkers and Seekers” which our family has hosted for over three years! Michael earned his black belt in karate the week before he left for college – with his kind smile and quiet manner, he would be a great undercover bodyguard! When Michael is home from college, he can be found in the man cave with his brothers listening to music or watching a movie, reading ancient or modern philosophers on his kindle, or listening to a Ravi Zacharias lecture with mom. Favorite music includes contemporary Christian music (especially Casting Crowns and Third Day), and classical music (especially Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms).

• Karis (14), if she were a dessert, would be a chocolate-lava cake. She “is outgoing, exciting, and one who lives life fully.” Karis is a high schooler at Sculley Academy, and especially enjoys writing, drama, singing, babysitting, dancing, and anything with people. She enjoyed playing the part of a 60-year-old grey-haired spinster in “Any Body for Tea?” and is looking forward to performing in the musical “Cinderella” in the spring. She enjoys the great outdoors, doodling, and spending time with people. Karis can often be found throwing her softball in the cul-de-sac, jamming and singing at the piano, reading Peanuts comics, walking on the treadmill, or snuggling on the couch. Favorite music includes Christian radio (especially Anthem Lights and For King & Country), film scores, Irish music, and Christmas music.

We’d love to see you this year, and sincerely enjoy unexpected visitors, so come visit!

God bless you each,
Paul, Karen, Peter, Jonathan, Michael, Cascade, Esther, Karis
(& our critters – Tubby, Dex, Sveta, Misty, Samwyse, Pippin, Max, Jack, & Runner)

“Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!” (Romans 15:13, The Message)

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Christmas 2014

Our annual Sculley family tradition of “Christmas Around the World” is about to begin! We will read the last portions of this year’s Christmas Advent story “Bartholemew’s Passage” (a wonderful story woven around the story of Jesus’ birth) and read the traditions from each country before doing one special tradition from each of 10 countries. This year – Argentina (launching globos into the sky, paper lanterns with lights), Sweden (Karis will be St. Lucia and serve hot chocolate & pepparkakor), U.S.A. (Christmas carol medley), Iceland (we’re making “leaf bread”), India (giving gifts to those in need around the world via Samaritan’s Purse & World Vision), Romania (making blessing posters & praying for each other), Ethiopia (making team gingerbread houses), South Africa (music-themed Christmas crackers), Russia (Michael will be Grandfather Frost, Esther will be Snegurochka to distribute stockings & gifts), and Australia (singing a final carol by candlelight!) Our main meal will be tucked into the middle of all this somewhere! We loooooove celebrating Christmas – God is so good to us all and we thank and praise Him!

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Sculley Academy 2014-15

Enjoying our first week of school at Sculley Academy (my 19th year!!!) . . . this year our plethora of subjects for my smallest but most stunningly gorgeous class ever – Cascade, Esther, Karis – include our daily worship/Bible/prayer hour plus U.S. Supreme Court, Communication, Leonardo da Vinci & the Italian Renaissance, America’s Diplomatic History, The Louvre, The Shape of Nature, Probability, Hebrew, Russian, Guitar, Sewing, Competiton Prep, Drama, Dance (Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Pilates, Conditioning, Demonstration, Praise in Motion), AP Calculus, Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Physical Science, World Literature, Lumosity, Typing, Thinking Skills, Spelling, Oral Reading, Brain Quest, Editor-in-Chief, Choir, Girls’ Ensemble, Singing Lessons, Creative Writing, Knitting, and of course our Sculley Academy perennial, Funky Fridays (on Wednesdays this year lol) . . . throw some regular babysitting in there, and my girls have a LOT of great learning & experiences going on – they are fabulous students and fun to teach! I enjoy inspiring and empowering them to do and be all that God created them to do and be!

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Sculley Family 2013

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)

Dear loved ones,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I was thinking about how this year’s Christmas letter would look, and considered doing the usual person by person summary, for example:

• Paul (age undisclosed): rock steady provider, supporter, friend, enjoys working from home and beating the rest of the family at Wii sports and helping us to laugh at ourselves, techie guru, dispenser of wisdom and truth, loves finding deals and planning family trips & outings, can fix just about anything

• Karen (age undisclosed; hint: sum of Paul’s & Karen’s ages = sum of Sculley offspring’s ages): enjoys eclectic opportunities especially pouring into the lives of others as friend, listener, encourager, teacher, writer, reader, accompanist, currently undergoing formal training in Spiritual Direction, loves working on all kinds of puzzles, contemplating starting a Master’s soon

• Peter (22): graduated in May from LeTourneau University with his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with 3 minors, now pursuing his Master’s degree in EE at Georgia Tech, laid back, gentle & kind, has lengthy online conversations & games with his closest friends

• Jonathan (19): due to graduate this May from LeTourneau University with his Bachelor’s degree in EE with 3 minors, planning to pursue his Ph.D. in EE at Georgia Tech, ringleader of the Sculley offspring, wise & compassionate, knows more 70’s lyrics than either of his parents

• Michael (18): senior at Sculley Academy, has been accepted to Toccoa Falls College where he plans to study philosophy, reads voraciously, extracurricular studies in karate, piano, and Mandarin Chinese, deep thinker & thoughtful

• Cascade (16): junior at Sculley Academy, dancer, singer, plays piano & ukulele, actress, linguist, reader, chef, mentor, encourager, has friends of all ages all over the world, artistic and creative, intuitive, favorite group is from the 60’s, enjoys BBC shows with mummy, passionate & just

• Esther (13): 8th grader at Sculley Academy, had her special welcome-to-womanhood ceremony & trip this year (Lake Tahoe), guitarist, pianist, dancer, actress, singer, animal lover, organized, babysitter, loves creative pursuits, kind & compassionate

• Karis (13): 8th grader at Sculley Academy, had her special welcome-to-womanhood ceremony & trip this year (Grand Canyon), people person, loves being outdoors, one year into a 5 year regimen of shots to prevent any more anaphylactic reactions to hornets / wasps / yellowjackets, pianist, actress, singer, passionate & fun

• Other family members: Walt our dear friend and house mate for more than 5 years, Roma (19) & Danik (16) our wonderful bonus sons from Russia who lived with us for a couple of months last summer, and our beloved critters – Runner the dog and Tubby & her 6 kittens – Dex, Sveta, Bella, Princess, Ebony, and Cupcake

But I decided against doing the normal thing, and instead thought a better format might be to do a typical day in the life of the Sculley’s . . . sitting around the table one afternoon . . . (thanks to one of our favorite authors, Adrian Plass, for the format inspiration :))

Karen: OK, guys, we’re going to write our Christmas letter. How about we do an interview format this year? What’s a good question?

Cascade: If you were an animal, which would you be?

Jonathan: I don’t want to be an animal. I don’t know, maybe a tiger.

Michael: What are we doing?

Esther: I would be a . . .

Jonathan: An egg! A chicken!

Esther: . . . a free and wild horse.

Karen: Anyone else?

Peter: I don’t know, an elephant? It’s nice and slow. Maybe a dragon . . . trying to think of the least American animal.

Paul: A bird, because you can fly.

Cascade: Which kind?

Paul: I don’t really mind. As long as it’s not a chicken or edible.

Esther: Who wants the last cookie?

Karis: A dog, no actually, a monkey because they can climb and swing through the trees.

Karen: Michael? Cascade?

Michael: A shark, and Cascade would be a rabbit.

Jonathan: A bunny!

Esther: They’re cute, they’re white, they’re fluffy!

Cascade: I would be a . . .

Peter: Squishy . . . what about a jellyfish?

Michael: A squid!

Cascade: . . . a . . .

Karis: You could be a gerbil or a hamster. A kangaroo! Hop, hop, hop!

Cascade: . . . goodness, this is difficult . . . oh, mummy!

Karen: I love kangaroos – that’s what I’d be. They have lots of young’uns, live in family groups, jump really far, and are cute and furry. Oh, and they have lots of storage space.

Cascade: . . . I would be a swan!

Peter: Really? What about a duckling?

Cascade: Oh I know, a swanling! Because they’re beautiful and unique.

Karen: Sounds good, everyone. OK, to wrap this interview up, tell me three mountains and one valley from the past year.

Michael: What?

Esther: I went to that Lake Tahoe place. That had mountains.

Karis: I have to get allergy shots. It’s a valley and a mountain at the same time. Oh, and I get to be a pirate in the play!

Esther: I got a main part in my play. How many have I done?

Peter: Life’s too short to have valleys!

Cascade: Wake up, daddy!

Michael: 1 – getting accepted to college, 2 – almost completing my black belt in karate, 3 – almost being finished with high school

Cascade: Having Roma & Danik come to stay

Esther: How many valleys have I done?

Karen: You only need one valley.

Esther: I mean, how many mountains have I done?

Karen: Two. One mountain to go.

Cascade: Please, daddy!

Paul: Starting the Liberty Vineyard Church [*** future official name of church plant in progress].

Esther: Oh, another mountain – that I went on 11 trips this year.

Karen: Yep, that’s my first mountain – I got to do my special mother-daughter trips with Esther & Karis. Jon-jon?

Jonathan: Being team lead for my senior design project is pretty good. And doing good in that IEEE competition.

Karis: I saw “The Hobbit”! And everyone’s home!

Michael: I can’t think of any valleys.

Cascade: There’s always a valley.

Michael: Ugh!

Esther: One of our kittens died and then we gave a bunch away.

Peter: Graduating.

Karen: Entering the world of the ancient Christian practice of spiritual direction and enjoying every aspect of it!

Cascade: Let’s think . . . having Peter living in the man cave in the basement this year! Michael, come on, there’s always a valley. Peter, you need 2 more mountains and a valley. And Jonathan, you need one more of each.

Peter: Being best man in Doc’s & Danielle’s wedding. And my beard.

Esther: What’s your valley?

Peter: Having you hanging on me all the time.

Esther: Hey! That’s not a valley!

Karen: Having our whole family together over Christmas, and enjoying the journey, each day an adventure with Jesus, a treasure from God. I am especially enjoying the merging of family, church, neighborhood, activities, and local community in starting the Liberty Vineyard Church [*** future official name of church plant in progress] close to where we live. My valley is perpetually being separated from loved ones because they are spread out all over the world.

Cascade: Mummy, all your answers are long and complicated.

Karen: What’s your point?

Paul: Having Peter back for the year before he goes off somewhere else in the world.

Esther: Jonathan?

Jonathan: What an egg.

Esther: What a monkey.

Karis: Michael, think of something upsetting!

Michael: I can’t think of anything sad.

Cascade: Oh, I’ve got one. Umm, what was I going to say? Oh gosh. Oh yeah! All of my wonderful activities and friends of all ages and Jesus of course. Please, daddy, one more mountain and a valley. You and Jonathan both need a valley.

Jonathan: I can’t think of any valleys.

Esther: What about kidney stones?

Jonathan: No, having kidney stones wasn’t a valley. That was only one day.

Cascade: Michael needs his valley.

Michael: Umm, having to change karate schools.

Karen: Paul, what’s your valley?

Paul: I don’t do valleys.

Cascade: We can’t finish until you give us one.

Paul: OK.

Cascade: The only valley sort of thing I can think of is daddy trying to teach me how to drive because it’s really scary and he’s a scary teacher.

Paul: Now that’s a valley!

Karen: Jonathan?

Jonathan: Doing well on the GRE.

Karen: Last thing is your valley. Girls, help Jonathan think of a valley.

Cascade: His valley is being away at college not having his beautiful sisters with him! OK, we’re done!

Karen: Good job, guys!

That about wraps up the Sculley family news for 2013! We’d love to hear yours. Come visit us some time 🙂 We love you!

“I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do” (Ephesians 1:17 – 18, The Message))

Paul, Karen, Peter, Jonathan, Michael, Cascade, Esther, Karis

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Sculley Academy 2013-14

Sculley Academy is in session again – our 17th year! Interesting subjects started today include: Hebrew language (conversational), “The Joy of Math” DVD series, “The Human Body: how we fail, how we heal” taught by a general surgeon with 30 years experience, reading the Black Stallion, studying the book of Deuteronomy . . . I love, love, love home schooling 🙂

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