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Thankful: November 1st

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Each November, I post a series of gratitude. I share one thing I am thankful for that day and invite readers to do the same.

Today, I am thankful for the freedom to choose how to educate my children.

Up until 2 1/2 months ago, I had always homeschooled my children. On the first day of school in August, we put three of our children into public school while I homeschooled the rest. 

Today I officially withdrew my children and brought them home. We made new plans and are using some new curriculum for some subjects, some of which is online and is automatically corrected (I'm in the process of making changes to my homeschooling pages to reflect our new plans).

Sometimes life becomes overwhelming and we get burnt out. If you're feeling that, it's okay to change things up where you can. You might just rekindle the desire to do the same thing day in and day out, to serve your family with newfound patience and determination. You might find new solutions to problems that you couldn't possibly see before.

Above all, know that your role is very important. The hugs and kisses and "I love you"s that you give to your children each day are so very, very important. YOU are important to them, and if life is hard and the only thing you can manage to get done each day is to let your children know they are loved then you have done the most important thing. May you have the strength to get through the hard days that are sometimes hard weeks, months, and even years, and the courage to continue on--with joy in your heart. If you feel that joy is out of your reach right now, please accept a virtual hug from me. You matter. You are needed.


Please share one thing you are grateful for today in the comments.


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  • Suzan November 02, 2018

    I am thankful that I live in an age that has so many wonderful things such as medicines that work, sanitation, fresh water and that I live in a society that allows me so many freedoms that others do not have.

  • Cathie November 02, 2018

    You seem like you have a great plan in place to move forward. Wishing you and your family all the best ❤️

    I am grateful for my husband. ❤️

  • Tammy November 02, 2018

    I am thankful that one of our chickens laid its first egg when my disabled son was giving them some strawberry tops. He witnessed it and got to gather the egg. It was still warm was his comment. Then he watched the chickens and sang and talked to them for at least an hour. He decided that they like Christian music and that he is a chicken whisperer. I just love that he enjoys the outdoors! He will be moving out with us and I am delighted that he is enjoying the chickens and making plans with excitement!

  • Darcy November 02, 2018

    I, too, am grateful for the freedom to choose how we educate our children. When my girls were growing up we used private, public and ended with homeschooling. My favorite was homeschooling. It was more hectic sometimes but I so enjoyed the time I had with them. I believe that it has made a difference in our relationships today. God bless you and your family, Brandy!

  • Rhonda A. November 02, 2018

    I am thankful for this gratitude series you do every November, Brandy. I really enjoy the opportunity to reflect upon and posting my daily gratitude. I also love to read what other's have posted.

    I particularly loved what you posted today. When life keeps throwing curve balls, it's easy to slip into a negative mindset. But we really do matter, even if it doesn't always feel like we do. So today, I am grateful to the opportunity to remember all the good thing that happen, special people in my life, and wonderful things this world has to offer.

  • Marybeth November 02, 2018

    I am thankful for my husband. He is my best friend and partner in crime. He makes me laugh every single day.

  • Laurie in central NC November 02, 2018

    Thank you for this beautiful post and this series, Brandy. I am thankful for my beautiful sister, that we are close to one another, and that we'll be enjoying time together tonight.

  • Renee November 02, 2018

    I, too, am very grateful for the freedom to educate my own children! Hard? Yes! I'm thankful God has entrusted me with these souls to raise for His honor and His glory! Brandy, I pray God's truth and joy shines light into the hard dark places and brings peace beyond all understanding! Your devotion to your family and your call as a wife and mother is inspiring!

  • Julie Walker November 02, 2018

    I just had my 6th breast cancer surgery, mostly caused by infections, and I am thankful for my caring doctors and the advances in health care we have. October was National Breast Cancer Month and I want to remind everyone to check yourselves and not depend on mammograms to find all cancers. Mine was hard to spot due to dense tissue and I should've done a 3D mammogram. My gynecologist Doctor said it was nothing and I went through two years of treatment because I didn't go to a Breast Cancer Center to begin with. I'm thankful for The Hope Lodge which allowed me to stay there free for 5 weeks during my radiation. There are several others in the U.S. if you need help. I am also thankful for this blog which encourages us to grow our own food which helps us be healthier. If Brandy can do it with all her children, we can too! I wish that I had homeschooled my children and I'm thankful there are so many programs for that now. The public schools are forcing teachers to teach ungodly things and we should pray for our Christian teachers for whom I am also very thankful. I could continue, but there are too many blessings to list. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Marley November 02, 2018

    I am thankful I was able to retire from 38 years of teaching in order to be home to help with my grandchildren. Today one of them is sick and I am able to keep her so her parents can work. This time with her is so precious to me.

  • Laura Anne November 02, 2018

    I am also thankful for educational choices for our children. One in traditional school and 2 homeschooled. I wonder sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with farm life and food preservation, if I am doing the right thing. Our children are thriving, so we must be making good choices for them. I wish I could have all 3 of them home, but that is not to be.

  • Cindi November 02, 2018

    I am thankful for my husband, who is a good man and so kind.

  • Colleen K November 02, 2018

    Thank you so very much for this post. This is my first time commenting. I consider my self a strong person for the most part but have been feeling overwhelmed by the world lately. So I give thanks for this post a good roof over my head and my German Shepherd Baron my rescue dog. Best wishes to you and your family and once again thank you!

  • jennifer November 02, 2018

    I am thankful that I am able to be there for my children through the challenging teen years when they need me so much. I work full time an they are in public school but God seems to have blessed me with the ability to still be there for my kids when they need me. I'm very thankful for that.

  • Jo November 02, 2018

    I'm thankful that I remembered today to check this blog for the Thankful series! I need to be reminded often that I have much to be thankful for, although this year, with the devastation in the Panhandle, I KNOW I have a lot to be thankful for. Had Michael come to land a few miles further east, I would be suffering that much.
    I learned today that in some areas of the Panhandle, the forests, which much of that area depends on for industry (paper, etc.) are 95% destroyed. It will take years to replace it, and what is blown down has to be retrieved quickly or it will be too late to be usable.

  • Zerilda November 02, 2018

    I am so grateful for my family and the love they show me. Love your blog, read it every week, you are truly and inspiration to young mothers. Wish I had had something like this many years ago when raising young ones.

  • Rebecca November 02, 2018

    I did the same thing several years ago. I was so burned out and tired, I just needed a break so I sent my homeschooled kids to public school. We all survived. Everyone was home again by the winter. It was the break I needed at the time and it gave me some breathing room to reevaluate what I wanted our homeschool to look like. Glad you are on a path that is working for you!

  • Carolyn November 02, 2018

    I'm thankful for my children. My third child was born on November 1st so it is always easy for me to remember to be thankful on the 1st of November. It was very important to me to have three children. More would have been great but I knew I wanted at least three. Three is what I had, and I'm so very thankful for each of them.

  • Heidi Louise November 02, 2018

    I am grateful I am literate in a society that demands it. From my parents and my teachers and mentors, I learned to read, write, listen, speak, and think, so I can learn about people I will never meet in person yet be close to in thought; make good choices for the upcoming election; understand my finances, (and the occasional medical billing is not designed for the illiterate!); and encounter the world and all of its wonders from my small position in it.
    Thank you for hosting these thanksgiving posts.

  • Holley November 02, 2018

    As always, I'm grateful for you! You are an amazingly strong woman that shows us all how to be our best authentic selves! Blessings to you and your whole wonderful family!

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