I've been letting others steal my joy.
There it is, plain & simple. Hmmm....I wonder *why* it took me this long to see it?
At least I can see it now ~ and I can do something about it. I can stop allowing it to happen, for one! And I can do my best to counteract if, for another.
You see, I am CONSTANTLY being told/asked/commented upon or even downright criticized and barrated for our family size. It is few and far between that a sweet lil' old lady will tell me how beautiful my children are, or how wonderful it is to see a larger family. Nope, most of the time, I get stares, glares, open-mouthed astonishment and ridicule.
And no, I'm not exagerating.
Yet, with all that, I have a choice. I can CHOOSE what to focus on. Do I really *believe* what the world is telling me about my family, about my beautiful children? If not, then I need to let it go, let it roll off my back. Without being rude, IN LOVE, *truthfully*, I can respond to these comments - let them know what a blessing my babies are and how happy I am!
It's going to go one way or another: either their comments are going to steal my joy or my response will open their eyes (even if just a smidge). Which way do I want it to go?? It really is my decision - not theirs. Thank goodness. Thank GOD!
So there ya go - just thinking out loud here.....
And lastly, here's a pic from our homeschool co-op today: we are doing a "Tree of Life" and this was part of the Animal: Mammal section - they are kangaroos with their little pouches, so cute!
p.s. and to anyone who has commented recently about reviewing curriculum or a website or whatever.....it's just been crazy around here with the moving process. Once we are settled in just a bit into our new home, I may get a chance to check out your sites, your information. Sorry for the wait....I'll do my best! Thanks for thinking of me~Lori