Adjusting . . . One Day at a Time

I cannot believe that I have four children!  So much has happened since we jumped off the plane from China with our daughters in our arms.  Adjustment #1: For starters, I now home school our two boys while our daughters attend a local Christian school.  This seems to be a good fit for our family for now-especially since one of my son’s has severe dyslexic tendencies and needs much one on one.  Adjustment #2: Because of this lifestyle change, I resigned from public school teaching after 18 years.  Though I am still teaching my boys from 8-12 every day as well as teaching 13 hours of adult education, the paycheck is just not the same and so, Adjustment #3  has occurred . . .   bread making every other day!  My son, a 5’10”, was eating, on average, 3 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a day-with store bought bread.  The homemade wheat bread has limited him to only one sandwich!  Surprisingly, our grocery bill decreased by $30!

Adjustment#4: After 20 years of being away from my folks, they now live only 2 miles down the road.  The kids love having their grandparents so close by.  I, being the only child, love having my parents, especially my mother who is becoming my best friend once again. However, the adjustment comes in on how to teach our kids about Alzheimer’s; sadly, my dad was diagnosed with this in January.  Watching the daily changes in my dad causes us to reflect  both a family and as an individual:

  1. Take one day at a time and be thankful for every day blessed to us.
  2. Focusing on the future is not an option.
  3. Being flexible with the needs that arise is a must.
  4. The Lord is daily teaching and preparing me on how to better serve my folks while maintaining a joyful household.

Below is an example of  a homeschooling day  tossed out–my youngest son was bonding with his Grampie!

Matthew 6:25-27, 34  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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