“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise” ~ Oscar Wilde
Have you ever been given life-changing news? Something upsetting? Something that would threaten to change your entire lifestyle?
2 weeks ago it happened to Marcus. He was devastated. We were in shock. But today as I reflect, I see how this was actually a blessing in disguise.
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Last week we went to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Marcus eagerly begged to use the camera and I agreed, since I figured it would be a good opportunity to see our day through his eyes.
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About 3 years ago I bought a Nikon camera so we could capture better photographs of the kids, but mostly all it’s done is sit in the carrying case. Tonight I dusted it off and took it with us to the beach.
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Today we visited Koreshan State Historic Site in Estero, Florida. It was beautiful, scenic, educational, slightly eerie, possibly haunted, and left us scratching our heads over the cult-ish religious beliefs of the people that once inhabited that land.
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Let me be clear about something – I hate cooking, but I do enjoy baking. Do you know what makes baking even more fun? When your kids join in! Today Christian joined me, or actually I joined him….assisted him….OK, I admit it – I just watched. Since Easter is tomorrow, we decided to bake carrot cake cookies to go with the festivities.
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I’ve always been a daydreamer. Dream-chaser. star-gazer. A goal-setter and achiever. Call it whatever you would like. The truth of the matter is that when I dream I set goals, and when I set goals I do everything possible to make it a reality, if I feel it is within God’s will.
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Being raised in a small family, one-on-one time with my parents wasn’t something I valued. My brother is 10 years older than me, so by the time I was old enough to care, he was almost an adult and I felt like an only child.
Now that I have a large family, I recognize the value of one-on-one time with each child. The dynamics of a large family are different. There are more fights between siblings, differing personalities, increased financial demands, lack of personal space, and more time is required for the never-ending cleaning and laundry. Especially for a large homeschooling family, the lack of personal space can feel greater because you’re always together. In the midst of the choas it’s easy to forget about providing one-on-one time with each child.
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