Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Why This Journey?

“What do you do?” a friend’s business partner asks my husband one day.

“Where are you sending him to preschool?” asks the mom of a child that my son started playing with at the local playground on another day.

“Live well.” “In the way he should go.” We’d like to answer, but, we don’t. We play the small talk game, with my husband summing up what he does for work and me explaining that I will be home-preschooling my children. My husband’s answer satisfies his inquirer. Mine results in raised eyebrows and a dropped jaw. “Oooooh...” Very little further conversation ensues.

Both exchanges leave us questioning: Shouldn’t we be defined by more than what we do for a job? Shouldn’t teaching one’s own children be acceptable? Isn’t there something greater to life than “rat races” and school systems? Indeed, we believe so. And, that is the very reason we have chosen to journey on some of today’s less traveled upon paths.

In doing so, we hope to make a difference in our children’s lives – both here and in the hereafter. We aim to define ourselves as followers of the unique characteristics that God has placed within each of our hearts. We seek to learn more about our own temperaments and talents. We desire to honor our Creator through training ourselves to think, inquire and trust. In short, we want to discover what we are supposed to learn and live how we are meant to live so that we might most fully receive God’s grace in Heaven at the end of our journey.

So, all niceties aside: What do we do? We live well – or as well as we can despite our own flaws and faux pas. And, where will we send our son – and our daughter for that matter – to preschool? In the way they should go, with hearts that know Jesus, right here within our own domestic church.

How will it turn out? With lots of love, laughter and learning along the way, we hope. And, a fair share of bumps, bruises and unforeseen bends in the road, we don’t doubt. Whatever the case, we’ll journal it here and welcome anyone who wants to share a bit with us to join us in the journey whenever you wish.


Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

"As well as we can despite our flaws...training them...to know Jesus." Yes! I'm on this journey, too, despite my flaws, trying.

Laurie Messer said...

Beautifully written! I share your heart for my own family. We have chosen to walk the same narrow path. Blessings to you!

Martianne said...

Thank you, Laurie. That narrow path feels so much wider with others along for the journey. :)


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