Once again, a week has flown by like the wind and our family has truly been touched by every experience we have been gifted. I am a full-time online student ( as is my husband, but that is a whole other post! 🙂 I have seized a great opportunity to continue my education and receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services focusing on Children and Family Welfare, while still being able to keep the household running smoothly, keep everyone in clean clothes, and still make it to every scout meeting and soccer game! It is a life I would not trade for anyone else’s! Yes, the job of a Mom is challenging, often misunderstood by some, and basically thankless until you get to the ages near where we are at: Our sons are 9 and 12, and the children begin to have a sense of empathy and compassion. This is truly an evolving process, and one that I richly savor and am delighting in every little comment and action that displays their giving and, at times, even philanthropic, nature. Our oldest son decided that he was going to donate much of his Birthday windfall of money that he received from his many friends last weekend. When he first said that, I think a few tears ran down my cheeks because I am just so proud of the young man he is becoming. One of his friends knew he was donating to the Humane Society in our area, and instead of money, brought 3 bags of pet food for us to bring to the shelter! We are so thankful for their thoughtfulness!
I have many more hours to go before I sleep, and three eager boys to take to the gigantic corn maze in our area tonight. I would just like to leave with a thought. I know it is said that it “takes a village” to raise a child. I truly believe that, and furthermore, addressing our family’s thankful mind-set I would say it takes that same village to reach out and help those who need it most, in our schools, churches, communities as a whole. As our wonderful Pastor has said numerous times- If you have a car, and a home, and you know where you next meal is coming from ( I am paraphrasing), then you are in or around the top 6% of the richest people in the world. Sometimes it takes looking deeper into your community to see this, as I did this week, but let me just say: It changes you. Blessed~ truly and so thankful.
Photo credit: A.L.Findore 2014