This past week I had the privilege of being with my 13-year old grandson Simon as my daughter made a quick trip to Florida. Simon is homeschooled and I was (supposedly) there to oversee his attentiveness to his work. The first day I learned he knew exactly what needed to be accomplished and he did it. Their homeschool curriculum is A Beka dvd’s. I am so impressed by the excellence. Simon has been homeschooled since first grade and the knowledge that boy has is impressive. He’s now in 8th grade and I would venture to say a college course could be thrown in and he’d ace it. All that to say I didn’t make it to Kate’s FMF party last night. I fell into bed at 8 p.m. and was probably asleep by 8:30! Of course this morning I was up at 4 cleaning our kitchen!
Kate called a good word…
28-years ago this Labor Day weekend my husband, then-10 year old son, and I chose a new path for our life. After living in South Florida for 30+ years, we moved to the mountains of northwest North Carolina to start a new life. It was definitely a chosen, well-thought-out path. Hubs wanted to move to the panhandle of Idaho, where we owned 25 acres of wild country. But that path was just a little too hard for me to say yes to. I had two grown kids who I knew would not leave Florida and Idaho? Well, it’s like polar opposites! Our compromise was the Appalachians in the Blue Ridge Mountain range.
New path. New life. New everything. I loved it. I took almost a year off of work, stayed home, and played Ma Ingall’s – I played it well. Michael fit right in as the new boy in fifth grade and everyone accepted him – it was kind of neat for them to have someone who wasn’t kin, in some form or other, as their peer.
This new path had many hardships. Many twists and turns but we eventually found our rhythm and learned the dance of country life.
It’s been a good path for us and it is one I would probably choose to do again if given the chance.
It’s the place God and I got real together. The place He made it clear that HIS PATH is the best path. I’ve not waivered.
And, I’m glad.
There is so much TRUTH in these words:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6