The journey to being enough is one so many of us are on. Some of our journeys focus on our bodies or self-image. Some on our level of fitness. Some on our role as moms or professionals. These journeys are incredibly personal, but each of us, in sharing our expreience, reminds others that we are not alone.
Today’s guest post tells of a journey that is both family related and individual. It tells the story of Adrienne – a mother of two, homeschooling mama, and blogger. Her 13-year-old son suffers from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and each day is a learning process. Her youngest is a rambunctious 7-year-old with a contagious joy. Adrienne is married to her best friend and writes about it all with an honest look at motherhood, marriage, and parenting at The Mommy Mess.
I lacked the education.
I lacked the training.
I lacked a belief in myself.
It’s been three years since our family made the decision to homeschool. In the past few years, I’ve grown as a mother and teacher, and I know now that I am ENOUGH.
Homeschooling is not about my level of education. It’s about my level of dedication.
As a parents, we all have days of doubt in the decisions we make for our children, but it’s in those days of doubt that we must remember WE ARE ENOUGH.
My Just.Be.Enough. journey seems to come wrapped in a homeschool bow, but it’s bigger than that. It’s about growth.
I’ve watched my oldest grow from a terrified little boy to a confident young man. He’s improved academically, and has found a comfortable learning style for his needs. He stands taller, his head is held higher, and his smile lights up a room.
I’ve watched my youngest learn…well, everything. Watching him grow academically and socially has been a complete joy. He’s my sponge. He’s at that age. Everything is new, everything is exciting, and it’s inspiring to watch! I will never forget the day he read Green Eggs and Ham for the first time without any help. He was five. I won’t lie. I was filled with pride with the realization that I taught him how to do that.
Watching my boys grow like this has been a tangible miracle in my life. I praise God for leading me, and being there with me every step of the way.
Aside from homeschool and my boys, this journey is about me.
It’s about my own personal growth in facing fears and insecurities. I’ve learned that there’s strength in admitting my weaknesses, and taking the steps to believe that I am ENOUGH-weaknesses and all!
Perhaps your Just.Be.Enough. journey is wrapped in a different bow? That’s what makes this community of women so very special. No matter what our stories are, we can all learn from each other. The steps we must take on our journeys, no matter what they are, are the same.
In order to be the mom and teacher God was calling to me to be, I had to let go of who I was.
We have to be willing to let go, in order see we are ENOUGH.
I’ve had to let go of people pleasing, and learn to say “no.”
I had to begin making decisions based on what was best for my family, not on what others think.
I had to stand up to doctors, teachers, and therapists to get to where we are today.
I had to find my voice, and trust my instincts.
God trusted me with this task of motherhood, and I needed to learn to trust myself.
As my son began to progress dramatically in a short period of time, my confidence grew.
With each step in the right direction, I believed in myself more.
This new me isn’t someone I ever thought I would meet. She isn’t someone I knew three years ago, and she’s someone I’m still getting to know.
I like her.
She’s confident, brave, and strong.
SHE IS ENOUGH.