It’s been a strange start to the year and I am sorry I have not written in ages but I have had a lot going on. Most importantly preparing for the new start of our home schooling year. Which is going fantastically well but that’s another story for another time. (Remind me to tell you all about lapbooks!). I am also still in the throws of enjoying the wonderful new man in my life and can’t tell you how happy my life is.
Life does however have a tendency to throw you a curve ball every now and then. I recently discovered that a select group of people around me does not believe in me as a Mother, a teacher or indeed even as a person.
I always knew my decision to home school would raise eyebrows however I never realized just how much it would affect some people. Not only would these people attack my choice of education but in turn attack my morals, my principles, my parenting ability, my love for my children and my faith.
In the last few weeks I have been astounded by just how badly people can behave towards one another and how truly destructive ignorance is. How completely self-righteous people can be, believing their opinion is the only one and absolutely right even though it is based on little or no foundations. Sadly also opinions based on little else but their own jealousy and insecurities in their lives.
A wise man once said ‘Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway’
I do not have to explain myself to anyone; neither do I have to justify my life choices. I do not have to prove I am a good Mother or that my children excel at home. The people who matter most in my life plus the ministry of education knows these things already and support me 110% and to me that is all that matters. The people I respect most in my life believe in me, I believe in me and my children believe in me and that is enough.
‘Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone’ except I do not stand alone, I stand amongst a group of amazing people, parents, grandparents, cousins, friends and a network of incredible home schoolers. I will not be brought down by snide and at times downright nasty insults instead I forgive you and I pour out God’s blessings on the negativity in your lives, your apparent unhappiness and your feelings towards me. I ask you gently to leave my little family and me alone now and live your own lives in peace and happiness.
I wear the armour of God and through him and the love of my family I can face any obstacle that life throws at me. I have incredible support and love in my life and whatever anyone might believe about me I am strong, passionate and I love my children more than anything else in the world. I have and will always have their absolute best interests at the core of my existence.