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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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  • Heidi N November 02, 2018

    I, too, am thankful for your blog, Brandy. Our kids have gone to an online public school for years, but I am seriously thinking of pulling our youngest DD out and homeschooling her next year, so your words in this post were timely and inspiring for me. I am most thankful for my husband, children, and pets. :)

  • Laurie November 02, 2018

    I am thankful for the soup we have in our fridge & pantry, as we have sinus/chest congestion right now. Thank you for writing such an encouraging blog!

  • EB November 02, 2018

    Your courage and conviction and fortitude never cease to amaze me.

    I am thankful for so many things I'd run out of room in the comments box, truly. Today I'll be thankful that today I had enough flexibility to have lunch with my daughter at her little school.

  • Darlene Douglas November 02, 2018

    Brandy, thank you for sharing this. It was a much needed uplifting for me today.

  • TR November 02, 2018

    I am thankful to be child-free and only responsible for myself. Some people have no desire to be parents and I'm one of them. My education and subsequent career has allowed me to be a very generous aunt to my nieces and nephews (and now grand-aunt to a second generation) and I am grateful for their presence in my life but also grateful that I get to send them home.

  • Holly November 02, 2018

    I appreciate Meals on Wheels for brightening mom's days and encouraging her to eat a bit more. I am so thankful that doctors and nurse practitioners who make house calls still exist, are covered by Medicare, and can even do x-rays from the comfort of mom's living room. I so appreciated the visiting nurse and therapists who visited during the first month after mom returned home from the skilled nursing facility. Modern technology enables my mom to continue seeing despite cataracts, glaucoma, and wet macular degeneration, each a condition that would have blinded her had not the needed tools and medicines been developed and tested before she needed them. I am grateful for friends who know what taking care of an elderly parent involves--that it is so not "an easier life" or a "decade-long vacation"--and who provide both practical and emotional support.

  • Ann Lee S. in BC Canada November 02, 2018

    I am 76, and very grateful for our wonderful doctors and the heart centre. They made more life possible for me following each of 2 heart attacks. For my grown children's support and care, for my grandchildren who bring such bright love and laughter. For today's sunshine and golden leaves, such a beautiful world. Never forget life is to be lived! Ann Lee S

  • Mable November 02, 2018

    I am thankful for my husband, who somehow thinks I am a lot more intelligent and funny than I really am! Without him, life would be a pretty lonely path for me.

  • Jenny November 02, 2018

    I'm thankful that I have a new job and that I will be celebrating Christmas soon with family, friends, food and shelter.

  • Tina S. November 02, 2018

    I am thankful to have a job I enjoy and a boss who truly appreciates me.

  • Kim November 02, 2018

    I'm so thankful for grace and power of prayer.

  • Wendy November 02, 2018

    I am grateful for this blog. You have no idea how much your words meant to me today. Thank you!

  • Nancy November 02, 2018

    I am grateful for my family and grandchildren. Thank you for your blog too. I'm thankful for you.

  • Diana November 02, 2018

    I am grateful for little hands. I am sorry things didn't work out in the public schools.

  • Jenifer November 02, 2018

    After a very long day, I am thankful to just listen to the rain hitting the roof. Just what is needed to decompress.

  • Jerri (from Springville, Utah) November 02, 2018

    I am grateful for the skills I learned with my mother. The summer I was 14 we learned to can fruit together and to make homemade bread. She was the youngest girl in her family and by the time she was old enough to be in the kitchen to help and learn her sisters would shoo her away! Funny how those older sisters had to teach the two of us together many years later! I have wonderful memories of time spent with my Aunt Leila and mom while learning to make bread.

  • Melissa V November 02, 2018

    I am thankful that my husband's latest CT scan was again clear of cancer :) He is now 2 years out from he first got diagnosed.

  • Mitzie November 02, 2018

    I am grateful for this reminder to be grateful and count my blessings. I forget how "rich" my life is far too often.

  • Tejas November 02, 2018

    Thank you for this precious post, Brandy. Praying that you are all able to readjust quickly to your “normal” schedule that makes things easier for you.

    I am most thankful for having known and felt the presence of the Lord since the very young age of 3.

  • Tami November 02, 2018

    I am thankful for my husband. God brought a Christian man into my life when I was 18 and now at 50 I love him more than ever!

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