When our daughters, Jess and Megan were six and three, we made a decision that our children would be home schooled. The reasons and thought processes behind that decision were varied and somewhat complex for us (and maybe good fodder for another blog story) but in the end that was what we decided and so began that journey.
It was an exciting journey with a wide range of outcomes and feelings about it through the entire time. In the end, all four of us are grateful that we made that decision. Jess and her sister Megan are all grown up now and living their own adult lives in Vancouver but they always remind us of how grateful they are that we did this as a family.
One of the most important lessons that we wanted to impart was the joy of giving. Both Cindy and I had strong concerns about the commercial messages that abound at this time of year. We wanted to make sure that the joy of receiving gifts was balanced with the joy of giving so we set about crafting a learning experience around this.
We had heard about a program at the Family Resource Centre where our family could anonymously adopt a family in need for Christmas. We would receive details about our adopted family and then prepare a gift package for them. Watching the girls excitement as they chose and wrapped the gifts all the while imagining the delight they would bring to this family from their act of giving was heart warming. We did this for many years.
After the girls grew up and moved away, Cindy and I wanted to continue our support of the fine work at the family resource centre. Now every year, we pick up some gift cards from the Real Canadian SuperStore and deliver them to the Family Resource Centre so that they can help families at Christmas and throughout the year.
Last year when we did this, we received a card of thanks that brought tears to my eyes. It helped me to understand the real joy and happiness that comes from giving in order to help someone who really needs it. I want to share that card with you. You can click here to see it.
As many of you already know, we are expecting our first grandchild (a grandson) in February 2018. As I contemplate this with joy and excited anticipation, I find myself wondering, "What choices will Jon and Jess make about their son's education?". I know that whatever they decide, we will embrace and support them with all our effort. 2018 is already shaping up to be a very exciting year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!