Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jeannie's Journal Homeschool Newsletter

I'm so excited to report that the Jeannie's Journal newsletter is back up and running and the newest newsletter issue will be going out on Monday!

I have revamped the newsletter. Instead of having one long email with several pages of articles all with one theme, I will send out a few emails over the course of a few months that will relate to the same theme. This quarter's long awaited theme is Bible and Character Training.

I have received many emails and inquiries about the newsletter. It was long delayed, and for that, I do apologize. It was a long winter, but spring has come!

Have you ever gone through a period of trials that lasted quite some time that felt like a long winter? Then, when you passed out of those trials into a new day, you felt the sun shining down, warming your life, like spring had arrived. That would describe me right now. It was a year-long winter. But spring has arrived; I can feel it (although you would never know it by looking outside). Yet, it's not a literal spring; it's a spring of the soul. It reminds me of that David Crowder song Here is Our King that says "wherever spring has come to heal the ground..."

The funny thing is that I didn't even realize how dark and wintery my life had been until now. I look back and see that I felt fine, not great, but fine. I was strong for my mom as my dad's illness took his body, then his mind and then him. It was a year of suffering for all of us, but for mom especially. My siblings and I reconnected, talking daily, sometimes hourly through the entire year; and many things were revealed, many things needed hashing out; but relationships were restored. I researched and wrote Zoology 3 with an ache in my heart. I homeschooled my children with the strength that I borrowed from God (I'm so thankful that when we go to Him, he exchanges our weakness for his strength - that's a pretty awesome exchange!) I really didn't know how deep my grieving was until I come out of it. The sun is now rising in my heart and a renewal is taking place. I feel its warmth like a long lost friend that I didn't even know was gone until it came back.

With this renewal comes excitement about what the future holds! The new issue of Jeannie's Journal is, for me, a symbol of God's promise of spring. A warm breeze is sweeping through my heart and I'm ready, ready for all that God has.

"See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me."
Song of Solomon 2:11-13
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