However, even with all of this I have peace in knowing that I am where God wants me to be and Quebec truly is my home. I love how He gives us things to encourage us during these difficult and discouraging times. I'm thankful that my hairdresser friend Nadia was able to fix the hair problem by the end of the day on Sunday. IT IS SHORT, and I love it. I'm thankful that the sicknesses were not more serious and we had the flexibility of schedule for everyone to rest and get well without losing any school time. I'm thankful that the homeschool frustrations are temporary and progress is being made, and I'm thankful that I am able to have the time to work each day on these issues in a way that will help mold the character of my children. I'm thankful that even though I'm exhausted from the sleepless nights I have gotten extra snuggles during the long nights. I'm thankful for the support and encouragement from three friends who are also trying to eat healthy, know my struggles, and pray for and encourage me. I'm thankful the Lord's provision that allows us to deal with the computer problem; and, thanks to all of the pictures I have posted on Facebook, I didn't actually lose ALL of my photos. I'm thankful that I will be able to be "home" for Thanksgiving in a couple of months and will get to spend time with the family I love in my HOMETOWN.
But there are other things as well. I have the privilege of doing what I love every day. I get to care for my family, teach my children, and minister with my husband. I see the smiles and hear the giggles of three little boys that I adore. I laugh hysterically with my crazy teenagers on a regular basis (if you aren't friends with them, you are definitely missing out). I get to watch my daughters grow and mature into godly young women who are making wise choices and are willing to serve God in whatever way that they can. We have a neighbor who has taken our oldest son under his wing in a grandfatherly way, and it is a joy to see them together. We are becoming more and more established in our community and building relationships with the people around us.
We have begun taking our Friday night family devotion time to each share a passage that has meant something to us during the week. Last night I shared Psalm 34:1-8, but I'll just share verses one and eight: "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." These words are a great source of comfort and strength to me. God is good!