It’s really important that our children know the power of the Holy Spirit that’s within them. Power that can do good, or harm. They need both men and women who will model and speak words of truth to them in that. Thankful for my life partner and husband who is just as passionate and intentional about this as I am.
When we sit down and think about our children’s life, and education, we consider the whole person. Not the person they will become, but the person they are now. This is something we would do, and could do, even if we weren’t schooling at home.
Reading, writing, math, science, history all make the list, but with equal attention, holistic health, daily spiritual practice, social justice, compassion, integrity, work ethic, communication, collaboration, and the very real work of dying to self makes the list too.
Our hope is that we are going to raise integrated, healthy, balanced, joy filled, good enough humans that find life a little bit easier than we did.
What does that look like in the practicality of every day? It’s completely different for each child and we are always learning, failing, trying again. With Elizabeth, I’m encouraging her to speak her truth, ask the hard questions, wear the clothes she wants to wear, embrace authentic friendships, keep her commitments, consider all her options, challenge me when I’m wrong, read real books, and take naps when she needs them.
Grateful for how much fun parenting has become.
This is a portrait of Michelle Howell, a hardworking farmwife, mother of five, author, and advocate. On the left side of the bust you can read text from the poem “Anyway” that was on a wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India. “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.” “The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.”
Leslie Nichols, Artist