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Gratitude Lessons
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Susan Lyttek

I couldn’t figure out what to write for this post. I knew, somehow, I wanted to tie it into Valentine’s Day. But I knew, too, that I wanted it homeschool and mothering-based. What on earth could I write about? I prayed and thought about it most of the last two days. (Thus, this blog is posted one day late this week.) Finally, late yesterday the inspiration hit: I would thank the women who made the start of my mothering and homeschooling experience do-able.

First off, my mom and mom-in-law. I did not take instantly to mothering like you see in movies. I loved Erik as soon as he was born, but I wasn’t sure what to do with him. I feared that I’d hurt him or break him or just do something wrong with the precious cargo that I’d been given by God. Thankfully, God, in his providence had worked it out so that the two moms could fly in for a couple of days on a Thanksgiving special airfare. They arrived just as my postpartum depression hit. They helped me take care of Erik, they prayed for me and assured me that with God, I could do this.

Second, my dear friend, Wendy Smith. As I mentioned above, I felt awkward and uncomfortable in this new role. Wendy, on the other hand, already had raised her son to the ripe age of six and had tons of experience with other children because of the day care in her house and her time driving a school bus. When she saw how nervous I was and how distressed I felt when the nurse at the doctor’s office said I would need to train my son how to eat, she came to stay at my house round the clock for a couple of days until Erik got the issue of feeding downpat. She slept on the couch and woke both of us up whenever an alarm went off. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. After surmounting that hurdle, she was my rock as I grew into this motherhood thing. And when I had to go back to work, I left Erik on those mornings in her capable hands. Her constancy in my life at this critical time helped me believe that I could indeed be a mom—maybe even a good mom.

The last woman I would like to thank today is the first pastor’s wife who truly invested in me—Celia Minix. If it weren’t for her radiant smile and encouragement, I don’t know if I ever would have homeschooled. She had to overcome my stubborn introvert to get me to the homeschool meetings just so I would learn about the possibility. And as I began to take my first stumbling steps in the homeschool world, she diligently checked up on how I was doing and offered help. All this, in addition to who knows what all, as the pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom. I took it for granted at the time, but I don’t anymore.

Thank you, all. Because of the investment you made in me, I can use what you sowed in me to help grow and encourage others. Have a blessed Valentine’s Day!

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12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013