Ram has been here as pastor of the tri-parish for 6 years and 9 days. Yesterday the 37th member died that he will do that funeral. There is another member that is very ill too so we expect the 38th soon.
I'll be honest, as pastor's wife, I hate funerals because it messes up the entire week, by the time Ram goes to the deathbed, meets with the family, lines up everything with everyone involved (funeral home, secretary, organist, ladies serving lunch, etc.), and does the funeral. But I also know that Ram has wonderful funeral sermons and he is a great comfort to the family that lost a loved one.
We have a friend that is a pastor a few hours north of us that has a dual parish, has been there about one more year than Ram has been here, and he has done about 80 funerals. 37 doesn't sound so bad then!
Another reason why we want to homeschool is because of Ram's schedule as pastor and unpredictable parts of his schedule like funerals. If the Lambs were in school and a funeral messed up the whole week, they would feel like they never saw Ram. And often after a few funerals, we take a day away as a family to go shopping or spend time together. If the Lambs were in school, we wouldn't be able to do this. I'm looking forward to beginning with Lamb 1 in kindergarten in the fall and working our school schedule around Ram's schedule.