a day at the beach

It was a few days, actually, that we spent recently at the beach.  The first group of pictures are of a lovely day we spent at the beach of the St. Croix river with my parents, my sister, bother-in-law and their kids.  It was a perfect day all around…great weather, warm water, delicious food and the company of dear family.  It was the dog’s first time in the river too, by the way, and he was worn out like never before.  It was fun to watch him attempt swimming, though he’s got some work to do!

The next group of photos (beginning with the nighttime beach scenes) were taken a few days later when we went as a family to one of our favorite get-a-way spots a few hours drive north, but what feels like a whole different world.  We had a wonderful time!  We had the place to ourselves (practically) as we arrived on what was the first day of school for most of the kids in our state.  We thought we’d take advantage of one of the perks of homeschooling right away…flexibility! Why not?  We brought our schoolwork with!

This whole journey into homeschooling has been just that – a journey.  Some days I don’t know if I’ve taken this crew off course.  Others, I feel totally inspired.  We’ve been working hard trying to find our rhythm.  At times, we click and the fruits of our time spent together seem so tangible and I am so happy about it all.  And then there have been times (far less, thanks be to God) that I seem to have to practically kill myself to get anyone to focus and I ask myself What am I doing??  In fact, it’s ironic that I’ve titled this entry a day at the beach because that is exactly the opposite of how I would describe our day today- ha!  There is no roadmap when each family is different and each child has their own ways and needs.  I began this journey because I felt (feel) this is where God wants to take us.  I still can’t say I’m 100% confident about it.  We’ll just keep taking it one day at a time (maybe one hour at a time?)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

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