My pilgrims’ progress


Know what I read this morning? Hebrews 13:8:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and TODAY and forever.”

There’s really nothing else to say. Nothing else to do on this day after election day except to start and proceed. We’ll complete morning chores and fill the kitchen with chatter as we enjoy our breakfast. We will gather in the school room and begin our morning with a Bible reading and the Pledge of Allegiance. One nation under God no matter what.

We’ll continue on our journeys. Two explore the workings of the human body. The youngest among us learns about coast lines and barrier reefs, beaches and tides. Each has something to teach about the continual sloughing off and washing away — the erosion.
They’re learning to cling fast to solid rock when surrounded by sinking sand.

Clarion River rock, Pennsylvania

Next comes handwriting and mathematics, language and literature. We’ll focus on the shaping — of letters and numbers, fragments and run-ons — the way words and phrases roll off tongues. The mission is to define and refine … to carefully hone tiny humans into mindful individuals with healthy hearts. Our mission is to produce people who go forth with courage and determination, kindness and quiet fortitude. They will need those skills like never before.

When afternoon shadows fade to long and lean, we will huddle on couches or congregate in corners. It’s a chilly day here, so blankets will likely play a role. We’ll crack open books and consume words on pages — diving head first into new adventures. One child travels with Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun. Another learns about bravery in Call it Courage. The little guy and I take turns with words from The Magic Treehouse: Dolphins At DayBreak. He may move on to a world constructed of Legos and MatchBox cars. I will stir supper stew and decipher Antigone. While we do these seemingly simple, mundane little things … the world rages on and the eroding continues.

We — he and I — do our best to shape and strengthen the gifts we’ve been given. One day, all too soon, we will send them out into the world to face the pushing and the pulling, the picking apart in the thick of it all. We have nothing to fear because, “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1.

Transfixing. That’s what this is all about … these words written here on this page. I write them to see them — to believe and know them wholeheartedly. I force them out, so fear and doubt cannot worm their way in. And just when I feel satisfied, when I think I’ve mastered an understanding and maintained an equilibrium, a child looks up from the pages of a book and asks,

“Are there still great explorers looking for things?”

My tongue tangles, eyes look away and fall to rest on a list of memory verses.

“We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” ~ Romans 8:37

The battle is already won.


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    Sal November 7, 2012 (9:27 pm)

    Are you adopting? – your classes sound quite appealing – so much more so than I remember those of yesteryear. What a wonderful education!

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      Farmgirl November 8, 2012 (7:34 am)

      Thanks, Sally! We have an awful lot of fun 🙂