Thank You!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your comments and emails, for encouraging me, inspiring me, holding me accountable, and for being a friend!

What I really should have done, was take my feelings to Father and not the blog. But I was both hurt about what was said and sorry thinking that anyone would walk away from my blog feeling inadequate (the ideas I share are supposed to be a help!).

But, I am thankful I did. Your kind words were healing and I am encouraged. I feel a renewed encouragement to keep sharing, but to also share in a different way.

I am also reminded of why I blog - to document our homeschool journey, to encourage, inspire, motivate, and for accountability. Did you know that my blog actually encourages, inspires and motivates ME! Our days can be crazy and when I see our weeks come together in a blog post, I can see all that we did and it feels like an accomplishment! I don't feel a need for this as much with Sonlight because I can look at the Instructors Guide and SEE all that we did and feel just as accomplished. (This also means I don't feel a need to take as many photos, but I have an idea that I hope to share soon that I hope will help you no matter what curriculum you use or how much you "do!")

Why a need to feel accomplished? The dance with children always makes me feel like I am taking two steps forward one step back - on a good day! On bad days, it feels just the opposite - one step forward, two steps back and I never feel accomplished on those days. But, at the end of the week, they balance out and I feel like I am still taking at least one step forward and that encourages me to keep on plugging away!

I do sometimes have a lot of ideas in one post (please remember that they do not all happen at once!) and I hope that you can use some of themYou are most welcome to use them all, and while you certainly should not feel obligated to use them at all, I still want you to be inspired to make memories with your kids! And from reading your comments, I think most of you get this!

Each homeschool will look different! Thankfully! How boring it would be if we were all the same! I read some amazing posts that I could never write, but I praise God for them and for what He has equipped me to do!

Each of us is unique and special! I have some classic type A personality traits that are both good and bad. I am passionate, ambitious, rigidly organized (as much as I can be with a family of 8! I don't fight this battle because it makes me grumpy), can be sensitive, care for other people, am truthful, impatient, always try to help others, take on more than I can handle, want other people to get to the point, am proactive. . . there's more: "People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence," according to wikipedia. I am sure you can see how some of these qualities spill over into my blog life!   

I am not going to quit. But, I will be slowing down. (I had planned to slow down when I made the switch back to Sonlight, and didn't think I would even be rowing this summer!) I am not ready to part with FIAR, but this is a different season in my life and if I tried to keep up with myself, I'd quickly burn out. So I will do what I can, when I can. And I trust you will do the same! ;-)

I have this "thing" about not posting until I reply to comments and catch up on my email (otherwise, I get behind plus it keeps me from posting too much (!), and keeps me in touch with my readers on a personal level, but I made an exception to "my" rule (this is only my "rule" for me and I would never hold anyone else to it!), and posted to say thank you! There are many comments that I want to read again, think on, pray about, and reply to. . . when I can! :)

ETA: I am SO overwhelmed with all of your comments and emails that KEEP coming in! Thank you for each and every one {truly!}, but I have SO many that I cannot reply back!  But, I want you to know that they have been a HUGE source of encouragement to me! Thank you! 

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