Tuesday, August 08, 2017

New Beginnings

:: New Beginnings ::

On Sunday afternoon we went on a long walk in the woods. While walking along the path we came to a place where you could not see where the path was leading because the undergrowth was thick with trees and plants. I felt like we were meant to walk this way since we beginning a new journey in our family life. Just as the path was unclear so is the path that lay before us. We willing take each step as we enter a new chapter. 

The last eleven years we have traveled and lived in many states as a part of my husband's military commitment. We have been renting homes in many places and seeing different parts of the country. It has been exciting, stressful, and all together crazy at times. It has shaped who we are as a couple and family. I am much stronger at the end of this path than I was at the beginning. I learned so much about myself, others, and the sacrifices all of us as military families are asked to make on a daily basis. I met some truly wonderful people along the way and they have enriched my life. 

But now comes the time when those years of transition are over. Later this month, we will be closing on a beautiful home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. On a whim, we drove to a little area that both my husband and I have ties to and we went to look at a home. It was a kind of lark. One of those things where you look at each other and say, "well, what the heck! Let's do it!". As it turns out this little lark was something bigger and when we stepped onto the property and into the house we knew that this would be our home. It is going to be a big change. We are leaving one town and becoming the part of another town. The home is beautiful and the property is tranquil. We will have room to spread out and live. We can have big vegetable and flower gardens and even chickens! I can't tell you how long I have waited for chickens. It is rural, flat, coastal, and beautiful. A place where I hope we can make many happy memories as a family. 

This new chapter also means some big changes in our lifestyle. We will need to join a new church, make new friends, and my husband will be working from home a lot more. The last part is a change that I will happily make. I am greedy and enjoy being with my husband. But the biggest change will be that we have dedicated ourselves to homeschooling our children. It is something that my husband and I have talked and prayed over quite a bit in the last month. We have sought counsel from my parents and other homeschooling friends. We sat and talked with our girls about what they want and how they feel. We know that this is no small undertaking and that we are going to embark on a path that is less traveled than most. We will forge our way carving a new path for our family. Our children will learn through a private school, they will do things and have experiences that will shape them as they grow. Our family will support us and as a family our children will learn from parents and grandparents. We will make new friendships and meet others on a similar path. There will undoubtedly be good days and bad days maybe even some downright terrible days but it is a calling that we are willing to undertake. The most exciting part is dreaming about where this will take us as become accustom to our new lifestyle. 

So with two big feet, two medium feet, six little feet, some dog paws and soon some chicken feet firmly planted on the path before us, we slowly begin to walk.