“…our ability to do has increased.”


“I feel….really happy…..and that’s a big deal, for me.”  –Marlin on Finding Nemo

I just want you all to know (especially my family) that today I feel truly happy. This is probably the first time since we left Virginia that  contentment and rest again reign in my heart. I can’t tell you exactly what made this summer so stressful for me. I know that I should always be thankful, as I have been extremely blessed in the life that I live. For some reason, all the changes going on in my life greatly challenged my spirit this summer.

There have been great moments all along: fun trips, wonderful sights, meeting new people, notes from friends that I left behind. Thank you all so much for keeping in touch with us! But outside of those moments, I was eaten alive with moving and home schooling anxiety. I haven’t really felt like myself since we pulled out of Virginia.

I still miss my friends. I still don’t know that many people. I still haven’t found a good grocery store close by. Could someone please tell me if Trader Joe’s is a regular grocery store? Do they sell milk, potatoes, bread, and fruit? If they don’t, then it’s a waste of my time. 

However, I have made a few friends now:  5 of them to be exact. 🙂 Okay, one of them I don’t actually remember her name, but I like her so much, so can we count her anyway? Let’s. 😉 And there are lots of homeschool acquaintances that we will get to know better once Classical Conversations school starts on Monday.

The home school thing is getting much easier. Do you remember when I first had the fourth baby, and I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and I wondered if that would EVER slow down? Well, it did. For a refresher of my crazy adjustment phase, see this post: This is reality

Juggling four children got easier, and I know that this job will too. This Ralph Waldo Emerson quote sums it up perfectly:

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.”

Tonight I am at peace. (I’m sure this has nothing to do with the good night’s sleep I got last night. Thank you to all who prayed for me and my sleep problem baby!!) 

I hope you are at peace as well. 

IMG_4262otter doing a backfloat–Don’t you want to join him?

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