JMJ115 “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” -Zig Ziglar
Ring the School Bell 115/180 Days
There are decisions in life that are financially rewarding, and then there are those that are not. Homeschooling has not been financially rewarding for us. But the bountiful rewards we have reaped in other ways, have more than compensated for our need to be the perpetually thrifty homeschool family.
I do believe, however, that when you make the right decisions, help will come your way. I like to think of this as God stepping in. This has certainly been true in our case.
For instance, John, my husband, doesn’t have the time to be the handyman, and lacks the experience oftentimes. There is a section of the roof, for example, that has been patched by him a half dozen times, which still leaks during a storm.
My Dad has been our angel in this regard. He is very generous with his energy and also fixes things around the house here and there, whatever we may need, including that leaky roof. And he does this while he visits here on vacation, usually a couple of times a year, from Indiana. He says it is his way of saying thank you for his room and board, but he goes way beyond that.
This is very much appreciated since our house dates from the 50’s, and is usually screaming out for repair in more than one way.
As I mentioned before, the price of a stay-at-home mom, (and I know I am not the only one!) is that we need to be real thrifty. Instead of calling the repairman or the plumber every time there is a problem, we need to try and fix it first. Youtube and “DIY” videos have come to the rescue many a time. And yes, we are a little envious when friends are thrilled they just had blinds installed or a gate put it by a worker, but that is okay. It is a small price to pay, in order to be able to afford to have a lifestyle which we choose, in this case home-schooling.
If you happen to be in the same situation, sometimes it is difficult to be humble and open to help from others. It is truly heartwarming at the same time.
God and his angels have taken care of us in all kinds of ways.
For instance, we bought laminate flooring a year or so ago, but couldn’t afford the installation and so it sat there, while I was trying to build the confidence to install it myself. Our friends, probably tired of seeing the piles of laminate flooring in our dining room, offered to install it for us, no strings attached. We couldn’t express enough gratitude.
Sometimes strangers step in. We had purchased white vinyl fencing for the backyard, for a little privacy. Housing is a bit closer together here than the midwest! John began to install it, but it proved to be more than what he had bargained for. And so it sat there, until I finally let go and figured it would never get done. The next week, there was a knock on the front door. It was the city sanitation crew and they needed to get into the backyard to look into the manhole we had there. They discovered that they needed to do some digging, and in return for our trouble and mess, asked if there was anything they could do to help. I mentioned the fence, and they not only put it up, but went shopping for an additional length of fencing to complete the project!
I am supremely grateful for the help God has sent my way. It gives me the inspiration and motivation to help others, when I can, in my own way.
Be grateful. Besides, according to Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker, it is healthy for you!
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette