(This is what it looked like when we first moved it)
I will try to get some updated pics soon.
This week I put four of my children in public school. It has been a huge trust issue for me. I think it was easier to homeschool, because I was relying on MY abilities, schedule, etc. I could protect and teach my kids at the same time (I thought). When God asked me to trust Him in this area, I cried and cried. I knew it was letting go of something huge. So far it has been a wonderful experience. The kids are loving having friends and they are excited about learning. I actually like it when they come home with homework. I want to see what they are doing, and how they are doing. I want to help the teacher anyway that I can. It is good.
The other big change for us is putting our house up for sale. We want to move to the small town where our church and the kid's school is now it. At $4 a gallon for gas, we realized that the commute would kill us. We will be closer to my parent's which means we will only be 5 minutes away from Josh. I have taken over his homeschooling, so I will be able to oversee that much easier when we are closer. Right now I go out to the ranch and teach him 3 days a week. He does the rest of it on his own.
Trying to find a house in a community of 500 people is challenging enough, but when you add a large family to the equation it makes it even more difficult. We are looking for a 4 bedroom/2 bath and there just isn't much selection in our price range. I firmly believe that God has something for us. He wouldn't ask us to move, if he wasn't wasn't going to provide. I am getting better at this "relying on God" thing. When I start to stress, I turn it over to a prayer and tell Him that I believe in Him and what He will do for our family. I am excited. I never thought we would ever move from this house. I love this house and the location. But I will be obedient and trust that this is for the best.
Please pray for us!