Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How do you know?

We face so many choices as parents. We do not realize this until we have children that we will have to decide things like what they eat, clothes, schools, movies, places they can go, when they can date..and the list goes on and on and on. It starts with breast feed or bottle..that is a decision we ALL have to make! And then can span all the way!

Sometimes we question and question again about which is the best. Well, at least I do..some of the time. So my question is 'How do you know?' How will you know you are making the best choice for their health? How will you know you are making the best choice for their education?

Will they grow up in the ways that you teach them or desire for them?

But I have come to this conclusion. We can do our best or what we think is our best, but it is all still up to them as they get older and begin to make their own decisions in life.

The best that we can do is to do the best we can with what we have at the time. We cannot beat ourselves up or agonize over some things beyond us. With Mothers day past and Fathers day around the bend, we need to just be grateful for the opportunity, the blessing to raise a child to maturity and watch them grow. Let the experience bring joy and when there are tears, let those tears water your soul and strengthen it for the next step up.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Where did the year go?

As I sit here typing, I just realized that it has just been...exactly a year since my last post. I may not have any followers anymore and truly be blogging just for myself. I am ok with that. But I will ramble nonetheless.

So where did this year go?.... Well, the kids did start the school year in public school, 6th, 4th, and 1st. Then we were presented with a need in the family. My grandma needed someone to become her caretaker and live with her because she has Alzheimer's. She and my grandpa had built their home out in the country about 30 years ago. They live about 3 hours west of where we were. My Grandpa had passed away 1 1/2 ago and my Grandma plus the homestead needed care. So after much discussion and prayer, we slowly moved our family out their. It was a slow and sometimes agonizing process, one that has stretched me profoundly. It started with my husband moving himself out their only, the Sunday before school started back in August. Then the kids started moving out there and sometimes they would be with me and other times stay with their dad. I still had to finish my job as an interpreter at a college and needed to finish the semester. So for the next 4 months, I was a weekend warrior and drove to and from....3-3 1/2 hours there and back. The last move was made the first week of December.

So it has been 5 months since we have been living together here. Wow what a journey! Now we have added 2 goats and 28 chickens and 9 guinea fowl. We have a small garden and a new well. So much we have learned and are learning along the way.

Our kids were using an online homeschool for a while, then we switched to working from lifepacs. Now with the new school year approaching and being in a whole new town and now going to a new church, we have decided to go ahead and put the kids back into public school.

So I am sure I will have LOTS to be blogging about now....we shall see!