"Sometimes homeschooling is an uphill climb with the sun beating down on you. Other times you're coasting downhill with the wind in your hair and all is right with the world. For every difficult day there will be a whole lot of awesome days. For every defeat you face, there will be far more victories. And we all know this: anything worthwhile and valuable doesn't come easy, but it's always 100% worth the fight"
This has got to my favorite quote of this past week. I am a words person. I love finding inspiring quotes and either writing them in a notebook, on a scrap of paper, share them on instagram, or share them here on the blog. I believe words can have an amazing power to either build up or knock down. I have been striving more and more to use this little space of web and social media that I have for goodness. I am thankful for all those men and women who do the same. I am constantly inspired and it seems that when I most need it, God is leading me to a little tid bit that is the answer to a prayer I have been praying.
This year has had a lot of change in it. We've made more time for adventures, got rid of a lot of unnecessary stress, and really learned to let these little red heads lead our learning. We had different plans last Tuesday. We were suppose to go to a homeschool potluck, but those little munchkins weren't feeling it. They really wanted to go on an adventure. It was a very easy request to accept. We have been wanting to go to The Springs Preserve for quite a while now. They do a Nature Exchange program there, which my kiddos had been itching to get back to. I renewed our pass and we spent the day exploring.
It was a tad overcast, which meant the sun was giving us a break for the day. We walked through the Butterfly Gardens, Dinosaur Exhibit, Water Works, and many others. The park had very few people out and exploring in the morning and early afternoon, so we felt like we had the place to ourselves. At one point it started to lightly drizzle. It was fun to be able to walk though the gardens there, while we felt light raindrops on our cheeks.
The kids ran the show on this adventure. We walked till we were plum tuckered out. I remember once reading on Mandy's blog that if you end the day feeling exhausted, knowing you had poured everything into your children, then you had done well. After our adventure, her words came to mind and I knew what she meant. It feels good to spend the day learning with your kids. It feels good to know that at the end of the day, you have given them your all. In the grand scheme of things we only have them for such a short amount of time, before they are grown and ready to take on the world. I want to cherish every single moment.
I see many more adventures in our future and I can't wait to get outside and explore with them again.