What do you do when you feel a call to do something and then nothing happens for twenty years? You wait. And wait some more. And then one day you realize that while you weren’t looking, God began to bring the dream into focus and all of a sudden it’s clear as day.
That’s what happened to me. More than twenty years ago I felt a call on my life to write. I didn’t really know what I was going to write but I couldn’t shake the sense that I had to write just as much as I had to breathe. At the time, my mother was losing the battle with cancer and while I had actually signed up for a writing course, I never finished it. Other things took first priority.
Also at about that time, my husband and I decided we were to homeschool our three sons. The oldest would be entering third grade and the second oldest would be in first grade. I also had a two year old. The Lord would eventually bless us with seven sons. Yes, I said SEVEN! Everyone gasps when I tell them I have all boys. It’s quite fun to see the reactions.
Anyway, with all those boys to teach and all the things that go along with a houseful of children, my dream to write was still simmering on the back burner. I had ideas, tons of them. But no time or energy to do much with them. I had notebooks full of notes and book ideas sitting on my shelf while I was busy just keeping up with life.
Now, more than twenty years later, I am finished teaching by boys. After moving from Ohio to Iowa in 2005 we just recently moved to Florida. The ten years we spent in Iowa were wonderful years for our family. I am excited to see what God has in store for us in Florida. Currently we are living in a household of thirteen, including six grandchildren. That alone means life promises to be an adventure.
While this blog isn’t new, my commitment to answer the call has been renewed. And if you are interested in homeschooling please visit my other blog at PracticalHomeschooler.com. And check out my first published book, Growing in Godliness: 40 Encouraging Devotions. I hope that the words I write will give encouragement to all who read them. My prayer is that every word I write would bring glory to the One who has been training me up for this season for a very long time.
When I’m not teaching my youngest son or writing, I enjoy quilting and reading. I also work on my family history when I have the opportunity. I especially love spending time with my grandchildren. There’s nothing in the world that compares to being a grandma!
I hope you can come back often. I would love to get to know you, maybe sit down for coffee with you – oh, wait, I don’t drink coffee. You bring your coffee and I’ll have a lemonade and we can talk about what God is doing. It will be fun and hopefully both of our lives will be changed.