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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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  • PJGT November 02, 2018

    Today, after a tough week at work, I realized how very thankful I am for my job. Not just to support my son and I, to be able to catch up from the disaster, put away for the future, but also to be able to teach those who are so desperately in need of God's saving grace and a kind word.

  • Mari at the Jersey Shore November 02, 2018

    The words expressed in your post are incredibly powerful Brandy. Sending you a virtual hug.
    Of course, I'm always grateful for my wonderful family; bu today I'm especially grateful for a good friend who helped me fund raise and collect and drop of much needed cat & dog food and other items to our local no-kill animal shelter.

  • Lea November 02, 2018

    I am grateful for my husband and my children. We've had two deaths of young people in our community in the last two weeks. I have been so grateful that I can tuck my children into bed each night and give my husband a kiss.

    Thanks for hosting this each year, Brandy. It truly helps so much!
    Lea

  • Georgia November 02, 2018

    I am thankful, Brandy, for your reminder of how powerful genuine gratitude is. In addition, today I am particularly grateful for our small long-haired Dachshund: always cheerful, loving, uncomplaining, funny, and thrilled to do anything at all with us. Being together is all that matters to him; he is helping us daily to get through a very rough patch right now.

  • S. CO Mary November 02, 2018

    I am thankful for the ability to read. My grandmother taught a one room country school and I 'started' there with her at the age of 2. My parents and grandparents all read and encouraged me to read. The first chapter book I read was The Boxcar Children and I've loved mysteries ever since. I was able to go to the local Friends of the Library used bookstore and buy a box of books. Last night I read three! All part of a series by a German writer Cay Rademacher. They are set in Hamburg 1947 and 1948 and were so enthralling.

  • Kandace November 05, 2018

    I am thankful for this blog, for the inspiration it brings, for the community of commenters who enrich my life, and for the ability to put into practice what I learn here.

  • Jennifer O. November 05, 2018

    I am grateful for my friends who make an extra effort to see that I am not lonely as my husband is deployed.

  • Marcia R. November 05, 2018

    I am thankful to be part of this community that your blog has created. In a hectic world, it is comforting to come here and find peaceful people who are kind to one another and wish each other well. Many other online communities are so at odds with others in their own group, that I really notice shared goals and caring hearts when I spend time here. Lately I am overwhelmed at times and your ability to try something new, and then come up with yet another new idea if the first one is less successful than hoped, really is a great example for me to follow. I really need to learn more patience, and you are a good teacher of that.

  • Kristy Bialas November 06, 2018

    I am thankful for the power of fasting and priesthood blessings in healing broken hearts.

  • Beth November 06, 2018

    I needed these words so much today! Thank you, Brandy, for sharing them today. Somehow, they mean more to me knowing they come from another woman who has surely experienced the challenging days. I truly appreciate it.

  • M J Allen November 07, 2018

    Hi Brandi,
    I just read your post. I don't have any small children at home but I am a widower and have an elderly mother in the nursing home. Some days it feels so overwhelming trying to take care of her and make the best decisions for her care. Plus trying to take care of the rest of my life without my husband of 40 yrs. I know our Lord is faithful and puts people like you in our paths to encourage us at just the right time. Thank you for allowing your followers a glimpse into the lives of your precious family and everything you do to make their lives so lovely. You are truly the virtuous woman that Proverbs 31:10-31 speaks of so eloquently. Thanks again, MJ in South Carolina.

  • Mary November 07, 2018

    I am thankful for you, Brandy! Thankful we are eating pepper jelly from your recipe with our chicken tonight. Thankful for friendships and for the work that I do.

  • Sarah November 11, 2018

    I needed to hear this today. Thank you. God bless you for your renewed strength to continue homeschooling. We are also grateful for the freedom to educate our children as we see fit.

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