To celebrate my one year blogiversary and my commitment to continue sharing my parenting and literacy stories, I needed a make-over to reflect the changes in my life. Major changes in my professional and personal lives. This year has been all about simplicity and my quest for peace. Real peace that invades my soul...that reminds me of my purpose in life... that transports me from living in the past to embracing the present.
Peace that I have fleetingly grasped and longed for. The peace that can only come from knowing and serving my awesome God. But see, I need to do my part too.... for me that meant that I had to simplfy my life. Too much clutter had not only over-taken my house but my mind as well. Over the last school year, I have been in the midst of many changes and so it continues. I have simplified my life by coming home to care, to minister, to nurture my family and myself. I am cleaning out my mind and my house- getting rid of the garbage once and for all.
Not only have I resigned from my teaching position and decided to homeschool my youngest son next year, but we are in the process of moving as well! Change has always been scary for me, but I have never been one to stay in one place based on my comfort level. Atlthough I have had to force myself to make major changes, whether it be accepting a new teaching position, leaving public school for private school, or being a SAHM, all change is uncomfortable, yet necessary for growth. Some of my changes did not, at the time, appear to be wise choices. Kind of like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, so to speak. But upon reflection, I learned from those choices, "mistakes", and challenges. These experiences grew me.
So, as I am packing up my house, throwing out the clutter, and getting ready for a new adventure, I am keeping my goal in mind so as not to get overwhelmed. The goal of attaining a simple life that allows me to focus on what I love most: my family and my dedication to literacy instruction. The lure of the woods and the view of the regal mountains where our new home will be is on my mind. I want to be immersed in peace, to be a peacemaker, and to spread peace to those whose lives I interact with on a daily basis.
Thank you for accompanying me on my journey! I have some more work to do on my blog since the design is brand-spankin' new and I have a new informational reading packet that will be finished this week. Stay tuned!
And may peace be with you!