The night he brought it home, Daniel used his infamous duct tape to attach it to a stick. He hung it above where our laptop sits, close to our living room. It was a beautiful teal color with gold embedded into it... That night, we looked it up online and discovered that it was, in fact, a monarch butterfly and that it could take weeks to emerge from the cocoon. We were going to wait! The next morning, however, it looked like this... A few hours later as I was blogging away, I looked above me to find that our beauty was climbing out of hiding! She was gorgeous and so calm. The whole process was extremely delicate and simple. Or so it seemed. And no mess! Just a beautiful, symmetrical gift from God. The kids were in awe, watching it climb out of it's home. It took a long time for her to finally spread her wings. In fact, Daniel came home just to see it and I asked him to take her outside. A couple hours later, I spotted her with her wings wide open and not long after, she made her way to my gorgeous flowers! It was incredible and made me feel so fulfilled! Watching this butterfly overwhelmed me! It also excites me knowing that even now, Daniel & I are still on the same page about teaching our children. It was important to both of us to show them exactly how the butterfly came to be and I'm sure we'll share the same excitement over many things to come as we dive into this journey of homeschooling.
I am beyond blessed to have a partner who not only supports me, and believes in me to teach our children...but who joins with me to do so. He's a great dad and I am thankful that we are on this path together. It's going to be challenging, no doubt. But even watching this butterfly spread it's wings and fly away gave me hope that we can teach our children to do the same. Elegantly, tactfully, and gracefully.
Won't you join with us in praying for schools around this world? Children are learning and growing every day and although they are resilient, they need our strength in prayers to get them through. As do their teachers, mentors, and parents. No matter what choice a family makes for their child's education, it is the right one for them and we firmly believe in praying for not only our own children, but those in private schools and public alike. This is the future generation, after all. And they need us to stand in for them to make a difference! God has a plan for the children of this age. Do you see it? Do you want to be part of it?
Oh, oh, oh! I wanted to announce the winner of the giveaway from a few days ago!
Angie, my dear, you will be receiving a cute scarecrow decoration to hang in your house this fall! Send me your address to my email and I'll mail it out asap. Thanks for being such a faithful reader and friend! I'm thankful that you're in my life!