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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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  • Tiffany November 01, 2018

    I’m thankful for the ability to have a choice in how and where our girls learn. How exciting that all of your kids will be homeschooling again! I truly loved when all three of our girls were at home for school. Life with our oldest in traditional school was hectic and our family time wasn’t the same.

  • Katie November 01, 2018

    I homeschool 1 child and my other 1 is in a private school. I am so thankful that I am able to do what is best for each child. I hope that the change in curriculum makes life a little easier for you!

  • SKT November 01, 2018

    I am thankful for you Brandy. Your willingness to share your lives with us and be such an encouragement not only in your words but in your beautiful photos.

  • Megan B November 01, 2018

    I’m thankful for our family’s health. A friend was just given a scary health diagnosis, it definitely shakes your foundation...

    Congrats on homeschooling again! (It’s not about where your children are being educated, it’s the fact that YOU’RE happy with it that makes me happy)!

  • Peggy G. November 01, 2018

    I’m thankful for my husband and parents. They unconditionally supported me after a very upsetting work day.

  • Sierra Robinson November 01, 2018

    I am thankful for your blog :) What an uplifting post! Thank you

  • Margaret @ApproachingFood November 01, 2018

    What a lovely post, Brandy!

    I'm thankful for modern medical care. Without it, I may not have survived childbirth, and my precious daughter may not have recovered from illness. So very thankful for the expertise and kindness I received while in hospital.

  • Cathy November 01, 2018

    Good for you, Brandy, being able to see a different path and then having the conviction to step down it is a gift.

    I am thankful for this blog. I don't comment very often but read every week and sometimes daily. Your first thankful post today made me think about how thankful I am for the freedom to choose to change, to do something different -- every hour every day I have that freedom. Whenever I read your blog and all the comments (from around the world now!), I get ideas and encouragement for changes I can make that will better my life and my family's life. So, thank you. And I hope the revised schooling schedule will bring you all more space and peace. (As the parent of a half-homeschooled half-public schooled son, I'm quite certain it will bring your kids a better education!)

  • Debbie Fodor November 01, 2018

    What a lovely post Brandy. Thank you so much.
    At present I am ill and unable to do much. I always feel frustrated when I am ill and unable to accomplish all the things I want to. But today I am thankful for competent doctors close by and effective, affordable medication to help me get better. And I am thankful for your lovely blog post which helped me feel calmer.

  • Chris M November 01, 2018

    I am so grateful for my education. It has opened doors and created numerous opportunities.

  • Elisabeth November 02, 2018

    Very thankful for our parents who take our children for a night or two now and then. We enjoy these days even though we're always looking forward to having our children back afterwards - but it's much needed time for our marriage (and sleep).

  • Vicki uk November 02, 2018

    I am thankful we have a full fridge and freezer. I fear hard times are head. I’m not sure why but I have a gut feeling.

  • Mary Ellen November 02, 2018

    I also feel that harder times are coming. I had to purchase both a new car and new furnace and now owe a lot of money which truly scares me. I'm 75, live alone on a very limited budget, getting less sleep and more wrinkles! Between Brandy and all these wonderful people who respond to her newsletter, I get inspiration to keep on a-going!

  • Douai November 05, 2018

    I’ve have that “feeling” too. It started a few months ago and is becoming more urgent. Unfortunately we are in the most debt that we have ever had currently. I have hope though. I’m doing what I can to put back extras. My husband is working as much as work will give him. I believe the LORD is prompting us to get ready. Something big is coming. GOD be with you both.

  • PennyP November 02, 2018

    I too am thankful for your blog and the community you host Brandy. Wishing you and the family well with your continued homeschooling.

  • Ingrid November 02, 2018

    I'm thankful we live in a country where we can choose how to educate our children. Mine are grown and no longer in school but with grandchildren coming towards that age, you appreciate the fact that we, as parents, can make that decision on what we feel is best for our family.

  • Patricia Koernig November 02, 2018

    Thank you. I am thankful for my beautiful grandson, in whose eyes I see my husband. It's been 2 years since my husband passed. My daughters, and grandson remind of the cycle of life and love.

  • Sheila November 02, 2018

    I am thankful my in laws are healthy enough today to drive 3 1/2 hours to spend the weekend visiting us.

  • Kathy November 02, 2018

    I'm, also, thankful for you, Brandy. I've been reading your blog for years and years. I don't usually comment, but this post spoke to me at a time when I really needed to read the encouragement. Thank you so much.

  • Shelley November 02, 2018

    I am thankful my husband works so hard so I can stay home. My husband just became a RN last December. He works his 3 day RN shift, has a extra night RN job once a week. Also owns his own business....and sells medical insurance! Let me add he is starting his PA masters degree this month. His is an amazing blessing to me and my children.

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