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Saturday, December 30, 2017


Photo by my daughter, Morgan. Follow her on Instagram.

With only one day left in 2017 people will be reflecting on what they have accomplished, what they should have accomplished, and making plans and resolutions for the upcoming year. I'm not one to make resolutions or set a lot of goals for myself. That doesn't mean I don't keep a calendar and schedule things out, or that I don't think about how to improve our household. I just don't bind myself to those ideas and time constraints.

When I first started to homeschool, way back before the internet and homeschool forums, our town had a very active homeschool support group. We all got together once a month for a moms' meeting to find out about curriculum and support each other in the journey we had all chosen for our families. I can remember several moms talking about having Bible verses for their lives and for each of their children, setting high school and life goals for their early elementary school children and they made me feel very inadequate. I can remember thinking to myself that I was lacking and that I needed to spend more time reflecting on what I wanted for my children. Fast forward 22 years and I wonder did those kids grow up to fulfill the plans that were laid out for them. With 2 homeschool graduates and three teenagers my kids have changed so much. Their desires and ambitions when they were younger haven't all stuck with them. They are continuing to grow into their own person by figuring out what is best for them just like I am still figuring out what is best for myself and our household.

As I reflect on the past and look to the future I hope that I don't make people I come in contact with feel inadequate with where they are in their life right now.

I wish you all a very prosperous new year!

Encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

1 comment:

NeededInTheHome said...

Ah, yes, I too have made people feel uncomfortable with what I have said. I am still trying to learn to tell people that "every Mom is different and knows her children best and what works for me might not work for you", but sometimes it is hard to get those words out when I am chasing a toddler in tow! Then I wonder if I should go back and say something or leave it alone in case they did not take offense to it. I am still learning this at age 44, you are not alone!

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