Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thankful Thursday (5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement)

Today is a day of reflection.  To look back on our homeschool journey as well as parenthood and life in general and to reflect on those things that we are thankful for.  It's so easy at times to get overwhelmed with those things that aren't going right in our life and boy, let me tell you, when it rains it usually pours.  But even in the darkest of hours, there's always some sort of silver lining, you just can't see it.

What exactly am I thankful for?

Well, I honestly could make a huge list but I'll limit my list to my top 6.  

I am thankful that I live in a country where I can make the decision to keep my children at home and educate them in a way that I find fitting. I can opt for a spiritual or a secular curriculum, or a mix of both, without someone telling me I MUST pick one or the other.. I can teach any subjects I want in the order that I want and if I want to teach outside at the park, I can do that too.

I'm thankful that I have three wonderful kids who are healthy and happy.   I'm thankful every time one of my kids puts their arms around me and says "Mom, I love you" and give me a kiss on the cheek.. I'm thankful every night when they come to me to get goodnight kisses and hugs.

I'm thankful that those three kids enjoy their parents company.  They enjoy engaging with us and doing activities as a family.  They don't throw a fit if we're away from electronics for a few days and have as much fun hiking rocks or playing board games as they do playing on their tablets.

I'm thankful for my own health.  I'm thankful that at 43 years of age, my body hasn't started to fail me as of yet. I take no medications for chronic conditions and I'm healthy enough to hike, camp, work out at the gym or anything else I want to go. 

I'm thankful for a strong partner in marriage.  My husband is also my best friend. After more than a decade together, we still enjoy each others company. We still make each other laugh and we both go out of our way to show our appreciation to one another.

I am thankful for the United States Air Force.  It provides the opportunity for my husband to serve his country doing something he can be proud of, while giving us a stable family life.  My husband is home every night, we have a steady paycheck that puts food on the table, we have a roof over our head, and I can stay at home to focus on running our household, parenting, homeschooling and building a stronger relationship with both my husband and kids.

Actually, I will add one more thing I am thankful for.  If just one of you found encouragement from this weeks posts, either mine or from another post on this blog hop, than I am Thankful for that as well.  If you are inspired, I am thankful.  But most of all, I am thankful for you :)

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