The past few weeks have been a whirlwind….full of fun, laughter, hardships, opportunities, real life meetings with friends far away, new friendships for my children…..and me – spending a little less time here and a lot more time with my family.
Though, I have to admit, I’m torn some days….I have made some amazing friends through this little place, tucked away, desiring to encourage others.
Thursdays….always give me a second chance during the week to count my blessings….I love counting most of the time…others, not so much. But even on those days, I find beauty even in the hard…the difficult, because
unfortunately, that’s where I grow.
About a year ago…I decided my heart was too fragile to watch the beautiful pictures of vacations and new gadgets…and I began not following, not reading and just turning my head so that the nasty little green jealousy monster would not rear its ugly head. Maybe you don’t have that problem…me…I have had it forever…and recently, a friend shared that she could not turn on her computer right now because it just hurt. Her message came on the skirt-tail of a woman I admire greatly….who had shared the same twinge of green monster envy….seeing the ‘perfection’ of other’s lives being lived out on the internet.
I am so thankful for their honesty, their love…..and for allowing me to free myself of that little secret. It wove my heart to theirs, even more….and brought a new sense of peace to me…..letting that green monster go. Because even though…the beauty of perfection may be what is being written or shown,
Perfection does not exist on this earth.
So, while we did take a week and drove to stay with a friend, that was the only way we could have taken our vacation. I am forever grateful for that opportunity. And for the new friendships that grew.
Not just my own, but friendships for my husband and my children.
I am thankful that God gave me the courage to allow my daughter a sleep over. Her heart was so endeared by the love of this family, she asks daily if I will drive her back to their home….. while I wish I could, because that love grew on both sides…..it is not possible. But, I am thankful for plans that are being made for the future.
I am thankful for sweet talks on the beach, friends sharing and encouraging. Most of all, I am thankful for friendship that leads to true love
I am so tired of face-friendships. Friendships that are only good enough if you are in the right co-op, the right homeschool classes, the right neighborhood…..
For new friends God has brought into my life….near and far…who are there, to pick up the phone, love me, let me love them…and speak truth at all cost, that is worth more than any vacation or any money in the bank.
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
And with these new-found friendships, I relinquish fear, resentment, guilt…..and relish in the beauty of true friendship, without judgement or gossip….true loyalty…..in all things, in all times….and not just this Mom pictured….but, many many more….that I pray you have met or have one like in your life!
Which leads to me to more exciting days ahead as I consider Teach Them Diligently and Beech Retreat. I can not wait to hug some of my friends who live too far away, but are close enough to meet up at both of these! Will you be there?
and for a homeschool Mom who started with a fear of truly being able to teach her little ones how to read….I have to share that I am thankful for Reading Horizons……I can’t wait to share more with you about it…. I know I haven’t been writing a lot about what we are ‘doing’ at home for school this summer, we are plugging along……with a few things that will help us this school year. This one, this program is really helping me take my daughter (and my little guy as he watches his big sis) take their reading up to a level I have prayed about for many years!
What are you thankful for?
Joining Theresa for Thankful Thursday, I hope you will join, too!
Photo Credit: Some photos are by Kelli