I am very blessed to be the principal of our homeschool academy. I must say that I find my kiddos' teacher rather attractive! 😄
My wife came up to me a few weeks ago asking that I procure some funding for new desks and shelves. How could I turn down my best teacher (especially since I have had a not-so-secret crush on her for the last twenty years)?
A Homeschool Facelift
My wife and I realize that we need to make some furniture purchases as our student population grows. There is a lot to be said about how my wife's personality and kindness create a great environment for learning. But there are times when she needs/wants a little help to take our homeschool room to the next level.
My wife had done her research. She found what she wanted, and now she was prepared to get it. I think it is safe to say that my wife is a go-getter, so when the closest IKEA kept saying that they were out of stock with some of the items she wanted, she had to get a little creative.
Tenacious For The Sake Of Our Kiddos
I have been a part of the @homeedders community long enough to know that we are different. We are diverse regarding our skills, shortcomings, philosophies, and locations.
But there is one thing that unites us. Our children are some of the most people in our lives, and as a result, we will go to crazy lengths to give our kiddos what we feel is best for them.
My wife's tenacity led her and my mother-in-law to Memphis, TN, to pick up the last few pieces of furniture that she wanted. They left early one morning, drove 6 hours, picked up "the goods," stopped by a friend's house, and then drove back home.
My wife channels her 'never giving up', 'always pressing forward' attitude to serve and bless others. Day-in and day-out, she shows up to bless our kiddos and equip them for their learning journeys.
The Fruits Of Our Labor
My wife's well-thought-out plans seem to have been executed perfectly. Once all of the packages arrived, I exchanged my principal hat for the maintenance man hat. I can take credit for all of the work.
We worked as a team. We accomplished this task as a family. The following pictures highlight the fruits of our labor.
Assembling Furniture - An Intense Magnifying Glass
There have been several events/season in my life that feels like an intense magnifying glass:
- My first year of marriage
- The first few months of language school (while living overseas)
- Assembling IKEA furniture
These "magnifying glasses" show what is real and true but with great intensity.
While assembling the furniture, several daily truths re-emerged:
- My wife and I make a great team. We work well together when we communicate well with each other. Our skills and strengths balance well to minimize the impact of our individual weaknesses.
- I am very visual. IKEA speaks my assembly language - all pictures, no words. A picture is indeed worth 1,000 words to me!
- My second daughter grows timid when she fears failure. She did not want to use the battery-powered screwdriver because "she was afraid that she would mess something up." She is just like her momma.
- My youngest daughter, however, was fearless when she was allowed to shine quietly. She excels in our home but clams up when under a public spotlight.
There is a lot that can be learned while performing a homeschool room facelift.
We can be reminded of ...
- who and what matters most to us
- our strengths and weaknesses
- how well we work with others
There are countless life lessons. We have to make sure we keep our eyes open for them.
Let's Keep Talking
I want to hear from you.
- Tell us about an event or season of life that has acted as a magnifying glass to affirm who you are.
- Did you make any changes to your homeschool room this year?
- Do you prefer visual or written instructions?
Thanks for stopping by!