"I want to help you to grow as beautiful as God meant you to be when He thought of you first."George MacDonald
No doubt that some of you may have noticed something new on the left sidebar and you may be wondering what Homeschool Dreaming Magazine is. It’s my new project! And my mind has just been whirling with ideas! This is a dream that I’ve had for many years and I hope it can come to fruition. I’m trying to start a new kind of homeschool magazine for moms. One that will feature clothing as well as homeschool articles, beauty as well as traditions. It will be nothing like what is on the market at present. God is really sending me some great people and some great ideas for this magazine. At present, it will be online only and maybe someday it will be in print. Only God knows!
What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you ever think back on it? Are you doing what you wanted to do or something that you never thought you’d do? Well, one day recently I made a mental list of all the things that I said I wanted to be when I grew up. Here is my list: a dance teacher, a teacher, a mom, a stay-at-home wife, a writer, a missionary, married to an athlete, fashion designer, and makeup artist, etc. Ok, so I could never make my mind up! But as it turns out, over the course of my life and I’m only 37, that I’ve done it all! How in the world, you may say. And no, I don’t constantly change jobs! Here’s how!
The guy I married is an athlete. He played sports in school and has continued to play softball and coaches our daughters’ softball teams.
A mom! That’s easy! I got married and had 3 wonderful kids!
I have the fortune of being a stay-at-home mom. My husband is gracious enough to work one full-time job, a part-time to allow me to stay home with the kids. I’m also a homeschool teacher!
As far as being a missionary, I prayed when I was young that God would allow me to be a missionary without having to travel. I’m terrified of airplanes and I don’t like shots! So, God has allowed me to be a missionary at home with my family. I also love working with the kids at church.
I also am a fashion designer and a make-up artist. I help design costumes for dramas at church and I get to do the actor’s make-up. I love doing special effects make-up!
I also have the privilege of teaching dance at church to girls that are kindergarten thru 6th grade.
And now for the final thing, a writer! I love to write and blogging has allowed me to do that.
Ok, by now you may think that I’m bragging. But, that’s the farthest thing from the truth! It just occurred to me one day how God has used all of those ideas I had, in my life. God says to come to him as a child, He also says that He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. I didn’t realize that I had done all these things. I ceretainly never thought I’d get the chance to do some them. Some of them I’ve done for a time and some I will do all of my life (like being a mom). How many of you wanted to be a teacher when you grew up and now you homeschool. You’re a teacher! You may not be paid, but you are a teacher. How many dads wanted to be athletes when they grew up? And now as adults they are coaches, or play for a softball team or golf team.
I never thought as a kid, I would be a writer or a dance teacher or any of those other things. But think about it. How many of the things that you do in a normal day are similar to what you wanted to be. Ok, maybe you’re not an astronaut or a brain surgeon. But, have dissected an insect or shown a child a star through a telescope? You may not have left the earth yet, but to your child, you have shown him another world. Take a moment and think about what you wanted to be when you grew up. Maybe God had a completely different idea in mind for you than what you wished for or maybe He’s already given you what you wanted and you just don’t realize it yet.
About a month ago I made a newsletter, called Homeschool Dreaming. I’ve been trying to figure a way out to put it on my blog so that it would be available to you to print out, save or just read. Well, now that I’ve signed up with Homeschool Launch it’s possible. Just click on the link in the purple box on the left and it will take you to it!
In the newsletter there is a project, a recipe for a spring or summer picnic and some things that I wrote that you might find interesting. For example about making the most of going to a homeschool conference and some other things. I hope you enjoy it!
Saturday was one of the simplest days our family has had in awhile. If you don’t know anything about our family, then here is a small tidbit about us. Our family is a mobile family, we should live in an rv instead of a house for about 9 months out of the year. My kids play basketball, baseball, softball, dance, cheer and we homeschool. So that means field trips, park days, etc. My husband also plays softball currently for 2 teams and is on a golf team. By no means am I complaining. But, I am ready for the slow down at least for a while. And I got a taste of it on Saturday. We had only one game to go to!
But, my youngest daughter and I got to do something so simple, yet we had so much fun. We planted seeds. Yes, seeds! We planted hundreds of little seeds in a seed starter, in cups, in tin baking ware. Whatever we could find to put dirt in, we did it! I couldn’t believe how after one afternoon of planting seeds, I felt so refreshed. No wonder kids like to play in the dirt!
Now, she is a momma to hundreds of little seeds that are already bursting through! Then I started to think. What kind of seeds have I been planting in my kids lately? Emily and I planted, lima beans, sunflowers, cantaloupes, zinnias, alyssum, marigolds, lavender and rosemary. We planted vegetables (food), flowers (beauty) and herbs (flavor). I guess if you think about, that’s how we could plant seeds with our families. We need to plant things that make our kids grow like a love of Jesus, memorizing scriptures things that give them food. We need to plant character, sweetness, manners, a heart for seeing how beautiful Jesus is, and a constant reaching for Christ like how flowers stretch toward the sun. And the herbs could be the seasoning of life, enjoyment, also learning to take the bitter with the good. I could go on and on with comparisons.
Have you planted seeds lately? If not try planting some and watch them sprout!