If the kids are with me, they like to "help" by handing me clothespins.
Or sometimes they just play nearby.
If I'm alone, it is so quiet. I can hear the birds singing.
I usually pray while I methodically hang.
I don't use energy running my dryer, so the earth is happy.
I save money on my energy bill, so my checkbook is happy.
I just love a two for one.
It may seem like an extra chore, but the more I incorporate Colossians 3:23 into my everyday activities, the more peaceful I become, and the more I find joy in taking care of my family.
I want to be a good steward of the earth; this beautiful creation of God's that He never intended for us to pollute. I want my children to see my actions to protect His creation, not just hear me teach them about it. And really, taking care of the earth is equivalent to taking care of eachother, because we all breathe the same air, drink water from the same source and eat food from the same soil.
I also want to be a good steward of our money.
We've been so blessed with a steady income in these shaky economic times.
I don't take one dollar for granted.
It may seem silly to save a dollar here and there, but to us, one dollar saved is one dollar that can go toward the grocery bill, a box of crayons, to a donation, to the savings account for Bug's future "extensive orthodontic work"...
Saving energy with a clothesline may seem inconsequential in the face of global pollution.
Saving a dollar on my energy bill may seem inconsequential in the face of a mortgage, taxes and insurance bills. But God delights in the "little" things. He delights in our efforts to 'work at something with all our hearts'.
If the thoughts ever creep in that no one notices or cares or appreciates the work I do, or if I begin to think the ways I care for the earth or our finances don't really make a difference, I just return again to meditate on Colossians 3:23-24:
23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
We do a little preschool homeschooling each day. Or a lot. Or none at all. Depending on our mood.
Homeschooing brings about a flood of thoughts. I'll share two:
1. This is going to be great!
2. This is going to be a disaster!
But those thoughts generally apply to everything in my life, simultaneously, so they fit in well here too.
I picked up two cheap workbooks at Target. One letters, one numbers.
I let Bug lead me on when and how much. She's got such a thirst for learning that I'm not really concerned about academic achievement. I want learning to remain fun and exciting. Even with a relaxed attitude though, every once in a while it's a challenge to keep things light. Bug gets frustrated when things don't come out perfectly.
I really can't imagine where she gets that.
Organized homeschool cabinets are a bit like Disneyland
in that they make my home the happiest place on earth.
I'm not sure what the future holds for my childrens' education. Homeschool? Charter school? Public school? Christian school? Private school (after we win the lottery)? With prayer and time, I'm sure the path will become clear. Or not. And we'll just muddle through like we always do.
John 15:19 (NIV) If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
What We Do
We're a composting, rain-water-collecting, clotheslining, organic-backyard-farming, organic-food-eating, reusable-bag-toting, backyard-chicken-raising family that strives to put God first in everything we say and do. (Is there a political party for that?)