Lately I been watching a lot of Little House on the Prairie. My mom is a big fan of the show, but I never really watched it intentionally until this week while we visited her at her house. While watching the show I have really enjoyed the examples of Christian living that have been provided, especially by the mother, Caroline Ingalls. Yes, I know it is a fictional show, but she definitely exudes the behaviors that I aspire to exhibit in my dealings with my family and home.
One of the biggest character traits that God has been working on in me is my patience with the kids and my delight in them. Honestly, I greatly struggle with these on a regular basis. The kids and I do scripture memorization each day and the ones that really ring in my ears are 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and Philippians 4:8. Not to mention, though, Proverbs 31:26, where we see that the woman speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction...I need to work on these things. I have an okay idea of what not to do, but the irony is that Little House has helped to give me a picture of what TO do. I know it will take time, but I will be diligently working on correcting my lack of patience, quickness of tongue, and emotional reaction (as opposed to response) to the kids.
Another great source of encouragement for me is in the wisdom of other experienced homeschool moms, at this point in the way of blogs. I know my areas of weakness and concern, so seeing that other families have gotten through the same struggles we have is a great source of encouragement! Thank God for fellowship, even if in the form of such odd communication nowadays. I know this homeschooling journey will not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!