As Thanksgiving approaches, I thought this would be a good time to pause and share with you all that I am thankful for, in this, our first year with Education to Thrive.
First of all, I am thankful for my husband, who has always taken on the vast majority of the financial burden of our family so that I could, first, care for and educate our children and now, follow my heart to assist others in their homeschooling. While he hasn’t always understood the dream, he has always supported it. I know I haven’t said it enough, but thank you, Tim. (If you, too, have a husband, or wife, willing to journey the path of homeschooling with you, I hope you will remember to thank them more than I did.)
Second, I am thankful for my children. They are the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me in my life, and I am so very grateful for them. I can’t say they have always understood why we homeschooled either, but I hope and believe they will one day realize that it’s one of the reasons why they have the courage to pursue their own dreams today. Thank you, Sean and Heather, for making our journey work so well, and always being willing, even if not always eager, to go along with whatever crazy adventure I dragged you on. I’m thankful, too, for all the young people they’ve brought into my home and my heart.
I’m thankful for my friends, many of whom walked this path with me at one time or another. If you’re just beginning your homeschool journey, please reach out to other homeschoolers – they will be some of the most special friends you will ever make. They’ll give you advice, ask for your opinion, listen to your ideas, and traipse all over town (or sometimes even across the state!) on field trips with you.
One of the most interesting aspects of homeschooling is that the relationships, though not involving the same intense quantity of time as when children are in school, seem to be deeper. Homeschool parents have always seemed to me so much more willing to be that “village” that helps us raise our children. My kids knew that if another mother told them something, it was the same as if I did, and their kids knew the same thing. Thus, so many of the homeschoolers feel like a part of my family to me, and I’d do anything for them. And mine know they have many adults they can turn to. That depth of friendship is unusual in today’s world. And I’m grateful for it.
Aside from my hubby and kids, I have many other family members who’ve been there with encouragement, assistance, or prayers. If you have family who is supportive of your homeschooling, don’t be afraid to lean on them when you need to do so. I am very thankful for family.
And speaking of prayers, I am thankful for the gift of faith. I hope I don’t make anyone who doesn’t have faith feel uncomfortable, and I definitely do not mean to imply that your journey will be harder than mine or any less successful or joyful, because I don’t believe that. But if you do have faith, you know what I mean when I say I’m so thankful to have Someone to turn to when the going gets rough, as it sometimes does. My Lord has carried me through some tough days, and I am grateful for that.
I’m thankful for my health, even when it’s not as good as I’d wish. I’m thankful for a comfortable home and my yard that allows me to raise chickens and grow some of our own food, to feed my family with. Not everyone has that ability, and I appreciate it.
I’m thankful for the forum we have here on Education to Thrive, and those of you who are kind enough to read the musings that Alli and I post each week. I’m thankful, too, for Alli, for taking this leap with me.
I’m thankful for all the blessings I have been given. When I find myself feeling discontented because of something I want, it helps to focus on the things I’m thankful for. That’s one thing that makes Thanksgiving so wonderful; it’s a chance to focus on all the good in my life. What about you? What are you thankful for? We’d love it if you would share in the comments below.