Pain, Patience and Progress!

I’m peculiar, it’s true.  Change is difficult for me, but when change is necessary I’d prefer it happen quick.  Maybe it’s akin to pulling off a band-aid quickly, who knows.  Clearly I’m a work in progress!

On Monday we visited Absecon Lighthouse in New Jersey.  I anticipated reaching the top and enjoying the view.  228 steps to the top, a great learning opportunity on our mini-vacation.   On the other hand, climbing 228 steep steps is no easy feat turns out.  Can you say thighs burning?!   I was NEVER more glad for landings in my life.  Every 20 steps or so there’s a landing with a window sill and historical information about the lighthouse.  I blew past the first one because I was on a mission to get to the top.  By the second landing I suddenly became very interested in those historical facts.  Hah!  My thighs were screaming!  Although I looked forward to reaching the top and seeing the sights, I appreciated the opportunity to pause and recover along the way.  It reminded me that some journeys, especially those next level ones, require time AND endurance.  The times of decreased activity along the way seem like setbacks, but are actually blessings.  Those pauses renew the strength I need to ascend.

Given when you reach the top.
Given when you reach the top.

We all made it to the top (even my five-year old…go girl!) and received a token to mark our experience.  I have an additional memento, my thighs are still sore. Apparently my workouts haven’t addressed as much of my quads as I thought!  On my next vertical climb, maybe I’ll take even more time to smell the roses!


And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Galatians 6:9

Faint Not

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Galatians 6:9

Slow start, but we’re picking up steam.  It had gotten to where I wondered if I heard God correctly about homeschooling.  But God…He is so faithful.  He gives wisdom to those who ask, even if they ask with an attitude!

This week we started our days with what some might call electives (Spanish, typing) and/or our group subjects (Bible, PE, Art, History, Science), depending on the day’s schedule.  So far this has been a winner!  Leaving Language and Math last concerned me, since my kids typically lose steam as the day goes on.  Surprisingly, the group time and their progress in the electives energized the boys.

Today was particularly long.  I had to run an unexpected errand this morning which interrupted our flow.  I considered ending around our usual time and rolling the rest into tomorrow, but thought better of it.  By midafternoon, my oldest son finished what I assigned him and decided to have more typing practice!  My youngest son worked until late afternoon on a writing assignment.  He HATED writing last year but today he wrote his best piece yet.  More than anything, I’m grateful for the integrity my boys showed. They worked later than usual, with a great attitude and went above and beyond what I assigned.  They enjoyed learning which both blessed and encouraged me (and the smile on their faces when I shared that with them…priceless).