What a whirlwind of a month it has been in our home! We are back into the deep groove of lessons and learning and having a sort-of routine or as much of one as having children, a home under renovation and nice weather will allow! Sean and I have both felt such a strong impression to focus strongly on building character into our children this year. And so it goes that the math lesson isn't just about learning division but gently encouraging pleasantness during a least favorite subject and one volunteering to play with a rowdy younger sibling while Mama reads with a brother is heartily applauded and commended. As it should be, right?I love our life even with its may unknowns. Sometimes I struggle with the not knowing and have recently been reminded of the story of Eve in the garden, wanting to be all-knowing like God and the dominoes of trouble that wrought. We have big unknowns with the boy-who-just-turned-four and his kidney status. He'll have another scan in November. On we go! There are other unknowns but of course this is highest on the list and so we wait and trust and are satisfied in knowing that God is ever present even in the unknown part of our lives together. Onward. Forward.God has been bringing so many things of my heart to my attention lately and dealing with me strictly but tenderly. Sean is a wonderful husband, supporting me faithfully in prayer and encouraging me daily. I am ever-so uncomfortable with the limelight and this is why blogging has been such a comfortable platform for me, sitting here in the quiet of our living room while children are napping or clicking away late at night. But out I go! Pushed, shoved, whatever! Forward. More and more, forced to be bold and pleasant and chit-chat (!) about the stance we take on marriage, family, and parenting as more people I don't know stop by Cultivating Home and comment to us while we're out and about. The way we live our lives is admittedly so counter-cultural, choosing to educate our children at home and be their main influence, choosing to raise a large family, being a keeper at home instead of pursuing a paid career, not caring that our home isn't decked out in Pottery Barn. But I am coming to be at peace with being the self described oddball. It works. I like my life.I feel such a deep responsibility to blog conscientiously, firmly supporting family and marriage. And such is the current groove God is pushing me into.
Here we go.