Legacy: Are you leaving the one you want?

What are some words that OTHERS use to describe you?

she-is-clothed-proverbs-31-25-taylan-soyturkHow do you want to be remembered? Does it matter to you? As a wife, mother and grandmother, the legacy I leave my family is very important to me.

In different stages of life, we think about what is urgent at the time. In my 20s, it was work, school and raising my son and daughter. In my 30s, I had a career, teens and a parent who needed me. I started over again and had a son at 38, imagine that. Oh yes, my 40s, a time of preparation. Now, I’m in my 50s (51 to be exact) and this is the best time of my life!!

I did gloss over an abusive relationship with the father of my children which lasted a lifetime. During that time, I did manage to obtain 3 college degrees and raise wonderful children who continue to bless me every day.

In 2014, I changed my story and moved an hour away from where I was born and raised. That decision changed my life.  It allowed me to discover who I was as a person; not a mother or employee. The two roles that defined me as a person my entire life. In 2015, I added a new role that I am loving: wife.

Today, I want to be remembered as loving wife committed to my husband; a mother who stood on principles and was able to survive the worst of times while shining my light preparing for the best to come. I want my grandbabies to remember the blankets I crochet, popsicles and all-nighters, and the special notes we share.

In the end, life is truly about relationships and I hope to add value to each person I come in contact with.

Make Today Count

Chat with you soon,

Renee

Free To Choose

Greetings, I hope all is well in your world. I’ve been supper busy!

The school year started with my son going to back to the school building. He was doing well for a moment, but, the stimulus and anxiety was too much for him to manage. He had great days and stressful days. He is managing mental health and physical health challenges. I’ve picked up my Learning Coach hat once again so that we can complete 8th grade.

As if being a teen isn’t enough to cause anxiety, children on the ASD spectrum struggle with an heighten sensibility. My son will be  participating in group sessions 30 minutes a day with a teacher and 3- 5 other students. Even though he is in the comfort of his home, the anxiety of being in a study setting with other students causes anxiety. His teacher told me that the groups are always small because, of course, all of the students are suffering from the same anxiety.

We are grateful for the freedom to choose this educational option.

What freedoms are you choosing in  your life? Sometimes it may feel like we have no choices. It is easy to get trapped in life patterns; making choices based on society and culture. In order to see the freedoms you have and the unique choices you can make, you must make an effort to investigate your desires, dreams and distant hopes.

Make today count! Explore your freedom and choices.

Chat with you soon,

Renee

 

What are You Sowing Today?

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Life is truly an adventure and once again I find myself on the beginning of another exciting and challenging voyage. For almost a year, I’ve focused on my personal relationship with The Most High and that energy has opened doors and established relationships that I’ve never dreamed would be a part of my life and my everyday existence. In the past I’ve shared with you about the importance of recreating yourself, finding your purpose, and living authentically. Not only did I suggest that to you, I listened and find myself in the most enlightened position ever.

My sister and I (yes we are still a blogging team) have been focusing our energies on a shared project of using our energy, time, talents and gifts to bless the lives of others . We are being led to serve women/men who are coming out of prison. The needs are great, and each person has an opportunity to play a small part in what can be tremendously large in someone’s life who is readjusting to society.

“Reentry interventions—programs designed to help people readjust to society following their release from jail and prison—are one promising strategy. Former inmates often face complex challenges after release and experience an increased risk of homelessness, unemployment, addiction, and trauma. Difficulty accessing housing, jobs, and treatment services puts this population at a high risk of reoffending, creating a self-perpetuating cycle.” (https://jpalnorthamerica.org/2017/05/05/stopping-the-revolving-door-what-we-know-and-still-need-to-learn-about-reducing-recidivism-in-the-united-states/)

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We are equipped and desire to connect the pieces; we are ready to make done things happen. Our passions and lifetimes of experience have prepared us for such a time as this. Sowing into the lives of others also plays into another project on the horizon of “how do you want to be remembered: what will be your legacy“. That is for another blog.

I will leave you with this thought today.  How are you sowing into the life of someone you do not know? 

Chat with you soon,

Renee

I’m a Mother, Wife, and Learning Coach?

In my life time, I’ve held many titles, now I am thrilled to add Learning Coach. In a previous blog I shared with you about my son who has Autism and about our exciting journey in life.

We’ve taken a new turn onto Home Schooling Avenue. We have jumped on and off of Main Street so many times, till taking this detour doesn’t seem strange or out of sorts for us.

My 13 year old, who loves Pokemon, Lego and video games is like most boys his age, except for health issues that have made us yield his education and sometimes his health has brought us to a complete stop!

This adventure is proving to be the most exciting yet. We are part of Great Lakes Cyber Academy and for the first time since DeAndre started his educational career he is enjoying learning. His program was created based on his IEP with us focusing on Math, Language Arts, and  Health and Physical Education. Our desire to home school was based on health challenges and my personal desire to know what type of education he was receiving.

The numbers show we are not alone.

Homeschool Demographics 2016

Chart Courtesy of: http://a2zhomeschooling.com/thoughts_opinions_home_school/numbers_homeschooled_students/

Three percent of American students — about 1.5 million children — are home schooled, according to the 2012 Statistical Abstract recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

As parents, we only have one time to prepare our children for adulthood. I, along with others, feel that this investment and at times sacrifice is critical for success.

What are your thoughts?

Chat with you soon,

Renee