Operation Christmas Child Packing Party! Please RSVP.

Hello dear CC families!

We have an exciting opportunity to partner with Operation Christmas Child (OCC) and Northstar Bison to pack 104 gift boxes for children all over the world! The most important element is that each child gets to hear the Gospel and has the opportunity to join a Discipleship group in their village!

My mom & dad (owners of Northstar Bison) have run a special with their Christmas meat boxes each year…for every “Sampler Meat Gift Box” (one of their meat box options) purchased, Northstar has committed to send one OCC box for a child around the world! They have a total of 104 OCC boxes to pack this year! Mom asked me if our community would be interested in packing all the goodies into the boxes for the children this year! Our kids have loved doing this! We have coloring pages for the children to include and a prayer of blessing over the child receiving it.

Here are the details:

Saturday, November 21st


Maranatha Gym

There will be pizza and beverages provided at 12:30pm and dessert after we’re finish packing. All packing supplies will also be provided. Tables will be spread out and set up by age group of each gift box. A few sweet ladies from our church has offered to help us set it all up!

RSVP: Please let me know how many are able to attend from your family. Thanks!

Shopping for OCC boxes!

Encouragement for the weary

Erin emailed this to me a few days ago from Read Aloud Revival’s, Sarah Mackenzie. If you find yourself growing weary on the journey, take this in and be encouraged my friend…


I wanted to tell you something today, on the off chance that you needed to hear it.

Sometimes, I feel like quitting.

Quitting homeschool is what I’m talking about, though I also sometimes feel like quitting other important things in my life. Laundry, for example. Or difficult people. Or feeding kids every ding-dong day.

It seems to me that all the most important things in life make us weary from time to time, and right now especially, a lot of us are w-e-a-r-y.

So perhaps we need the reminder: it’s just weariness, after all.

Nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing that a little “peace that surpasses all understanding” can’t remedy.

GK Chesterton said that anything worth doing is worth doing badly, and what he meant was that if something is worth doing in the first place, it’s worth doing even if you currently aren’t doing a great job at it.

Prayer, let’s say. Worth doing, even if you aren’t all that “good” at it, right?

Feeding your kids, even if you aren’t a gourmet chef.

Running the laundry, even if you forget to separate the lights and darks. (Ok, I never do that, actually. 🤷🏼‍♀️)

And, I would argue: homeschooling, even on your worst days.

Because there is no one else on earth— no, not one— who loves your kids more than you do. Who wants to see them succeed more than you. Who is willing to lay down their life for your child…

…like you are doing today, in fact, as you sit down, weary in your bones, and haul out the math book, the read-aloud, the spelling list, the crock pot.

It’s all worth doing, no matter how well or poorly you feel about it.

The secret, of course, is that the odds are extremely good that you are better at homeschooling than you think you are, anyway.

So. I was planning on sending you a whole different note today, but then at the last minute, I decided to tell you this, instead:

Sometimes I feel like quitting. I bet you do too. But what you are doing matters a lot, and it’s worth doing. So don’t quit.

I’m rooting for you.

xoxo, Sarah Mackenzie

Responding to the Governor’s latest #94 Executive Order

Dear CC families,

Considering Governor Evers’ latest executive order, I’d like to find out from each of you what your thoughts are regarding how this impacts our community days. You all have done a fabulous job with handling any symptoms or risky situations by staying home when in question. I so appreciate the care and concern each of you have for all.

If you have any thoughts or new concerns, please give me a call …6855 or email me (foundations@stickinthesand.com or ccricelake@gmail.com). Thanks for your input.


Welcoming the Martin family!

Hello dear CC families!

Over the past month, I learned about a CC family making the move to Ladysmith from Iowa due to a job change. Lindsay (mom) has been a Foundations tutor this year in their Iowa community and has loved their CC family. Upon learning of the new job change for Christopher (husband), one of their primary concerns was finding a CC community nearby that they could continue their homeschooling journey with. That led them to us! After many conversations with Lindsay and her husband Christopher and Iowa CC Director, Maria, we want to welcome the Martin family to our community beginning Week 10, Monday, November 30th!

Pictured from left to right: Cassandra aka Cassie (age 4), Lindsay (Mom), Bradon (age 10), Zachary (age 6) (Not pictured: Christopher, husband/father)

This photo was taken when Lindsay and the children arrived to their Ladysmith home this past weekend.

They are able to join us for our Thanksgiving Feast so they can meet everyone!

Please pray for a smooth transition and peace over them as they adjust to a lot of change for their family.


Thanksgiving Feast 2020

Hello dear CC families!

Despite this crazy year, we have so much to give God praise for! It’s also appropriate for us to reflect on the significance of this historic event in our country as the pilgrims would have experienced it.

We’d love for everyone to welcome your family and friends to join us for our feast on Monday, November 16th during our lunch time!

Feel free to save this invite PNG to your device, print/share it with those you wish to invite!

Essentials families: Please note that we will have Essentials from 1:30-3:30pm to allow time for clean-up and transition before class.

Sticks Board Meeting

This is a notice for the members of Stick in the Sand Inc. of the upcoming board meeting on October 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm via Zoom.


1.Call Meeting to Order

2. Changes to / Approval of the Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes

4. Treasurers Report

5. Old Business

a. 501c3  Update

d.  Budget Update

c. Policy review 

6. New Business

a. Vote on a logo

b.  Any other business

7. Comments/Announcements/Other Business

a. Next Meeting Date

8. Adjournment

Extended Logo Deadline

Hi friends!!!! Great news! I misunderstood the deadline for logo ideas in the original post! The board isn’t meeting until next week so we are extending the idea contribution until Tuesday, October 27th if you were hoping to share your ideas!

ALSO correction on the email address to send it to. It’s supposed to be: foundations@stickinthesand.com or ccricelake@gmail.com

If you’ve submitted an idea but have not heard from me, I did not receive it. Please resend it to the email addresses listed above. I apologize for the inconvenience.

A Note from Rachel, our Support Representative

Rice Lake CC Community,

Thank you for graciously welcoming my children and I to share the community day with you several weeks ago! Initially, my kids were intimidated and nervous, but they left with heavy hearts because we won’t see you again until spring. They had a great time and so did I! We can’t wait to see you again!

I just have a couple of quick encouraging thoughts for you.

First, I want to edify your leadership. You have really incredible leaders – both in your director and your tutors. You are all doing a fantastic job!

I was reflecting on how many obstacles the enemy put before us this year. Covid has made community very difficult in our culture and it’s even been difficult for some CC communities around the country this year. But God is bigger! It is no small thing that you were able to come together despite all the Covid regulations and continue to have a live meeting community rooted in Christ. God is doing a thing – and He is using CC toward that purpose. And it may sound cheezy, but you are a part of it.

Earlier this year, even before Covid even shut everything down, I told my directors that the verse which was laid heavily on my heart for this region was Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God himself prepared for us to do.” In the time of Covid, community is a very very good work. Never before has community been so profoundly crucial. You might say essential. And you are doing it. That is actually a BIG DEAL. And I’m proud of you.

I want to make myself available to anyone that wants to reach out for any reason. Please do not hesitate to email or call me. I’m incurably extroverted, so you will never be a bother to me. ❤

I’ll be excited to visit you this spring! And in the meantime, keep up the (truly) good work.


Rachel Madrigal

Western Wisconsin Classical Conversations Support Representative