Thursday, December 18, 2008

Normal or Abnormal?

I guess I should start with the fact that I live a pretty normal life. I am a mother to four children. Two of whom I homeschool and two that are under the age of two. NORMAL?

I'm new to the whole homeschooling thing so, it has been a little difficult this year. We found a great Correspondence School that we are working with and it is going well so far. But let me tell you, I am sick and tired of all the negative comments from the people who should be supporting us. I understand some people disagree with us, but if they have made their opinions known, that's where it should end. I swear some people are trying to set us up for failure. But I will not let it happen.

I am determined to give my children the best spiritual and scholastic education I can. Right now I think I am the best source available. Yes it is hard. Yes I have a lot to learn. Yes I make mistakes. But you know what? I would rather my children learn from seeing my struggles and my mistakes, than be pressured into half the stuff that happens in a public school. I'm not saying the teachers are not qualified, but please, if my child can't get the help they need because the others need help or its time to move on to another subject, than YES I can provide my child a better education. It is getting harder to teach a child Christian morals and Christian beliefs when you have to send them off to public school every day. I'm not saying public school is a bad choice. It's just not the right choice for our family. What some call normal is not right for our family.

You know it has been said many times by many people, but if normal is what everyone is doing than I want to be as different as possible. Its the people who are abnormal in this life who are the TRUE Christian. Its the abnormal people in life who take the normal and do extreme things. Its the abnormal people in this life that make good things happen from bad situations. Much like that cheesy cliche, " When life hands you lemons, make lemon aid." So far I have done a pretty good job of that and I don't plan doing any different anytime soon.

I see people every day using the bad things life hands them as an enabler for the things they want to do. You know I'm sorry but that makes me so angry. My Grandmother has been handed a lot of bad things and let me tell you, that woman made something of her life. Even after loosing her one true love, her life, her wonderful husband, she still hung in there and is still making a big difference in a lot of people's lives.

It's the people that take those lemons and make them more sour that make it harder for my Grandmother and everyone else in life trying to make a difference. So if that is normal, I want to be as abnormal as I possibly can be. I WANT to make a difference someones life. I want to make a difference in this world, and who better to start with than my own children. This word needs as many abnormal people we can possibly have.

So for all that negativity. I guess I should be grateful for it, because, I just realized, it's adding fuel to my fire. It's adding to my want. It's adding to the difference I make in MY children's lives. Which in turn makes a difference in many lives. Because if i can teach them how to love. If I can teach them how to care. If I can teach them how NOT to hate. Than they have made and I have made, an abnormal contribution to this world.

Normal or Abnormal?

I choose Abnormal!