Hope, Encourageent, and Clean Water

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It’s official!  I have begun the process of making plans to travel to Tenali, India this fall to bring a message of hope and encouragement and to assist in providing clean water to villages that don’t have access to it.  Tenali is home to an organization that is taking care of orphans and widows that have been displaced due to HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and other diseases.  This is where I will be serving while there.

This organization is called Favour the Helpless.

From time to time I’ll post updates about the plans for this trip, including raising money to help provide wells with clean drinking water to villages that do not have access to clean water.

If you want more information on what I’ll be doing while I’m there and how you can help me change lives in India, please visit the GoFundMe site set up for this cause:  http://www.gofundme.com/810mls

Once the trip is complete, I’ll be posting about the trip, those that I meet, and the changes that are bound to happen in me during this entire process.  Will you join me in this journey?

Until the next update,
Blessings!

Swept Away!

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Life is full of unexpected twists and turns.  In the blink of an eye the mundane can become the unusual.  Predictability gives way to spontaneity.  Your sense of control is lost and you are swept off of your feet.  You have been thrown into an adventure that you could not have predicted or planned for and you find that you are just along for the ride.  Sound like a good time?  It could be the most exhilarating love story and you find that you are the star at the center of it, or it could be something a bit more like this:

We like to think about how we would respond to windfalls and other types of unexpected blessing…. but do we take time to plan for the worst?

I was in a car this morning- driving my wife to work- and rain poured from the sky unlike anything I’ve ever seen from behind the driver’s wheel.  While driving under the overpass, what I thought was a normal puddle turned out to be anything but that.  Steering our new car was not an option, and I was extremely glad to find dry ground on the other side without impact or injury.

It made me think about how glad I was that we just completed a very necessary evil last night.  We updated our Last Will and Testament for both me and my wife last night.  It is a process I hate doing, but with a child that has special needs this process is one of the most important things we can do to ensure his care is ensured in the event the worst happens.

I’ve seen what happens to families who try to figure out what the loved one would want in absence of a will- all while trying to get through the grieving process.  May I encourage you to take time to show a last act of kindness for your loved ones?  Don’t make them try to figure it out.

We used Legal Zoom.  There are many ways to get this accomplished, but this was the right time/place/price for us.  So, if you’re not sure where to start, that might be a good place for you begin.

Why Homeschool?

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This is a question we are often asked.  As parents of two children, one of whom was diagnosed with autism, the development of our children is of paramount importance to us.  After trying- and ultimately being unhappy with- a variety of traditional public education approaches for our children, we decided that the best approach for us would be to homeschool.

This was not a decision that was taken lightly nor is it one that we have all of the answers to, but it is a decision that we do not regret for a moment!  We have seen such improvement in the communication skills of our son and my daughter has the freedom to progress at her rate of learning without being limited to the progress of the class as a whole.  All-in-all, it’s been a great experience.

That doesn’t mean it hasn’t come without its share of heartaches.  After being programmed to expect bribery and rewards for even the most basic of tasks, my kids are learning the value of pride in a job well done.  We don’t bribe with candy to get good behavior, we simply expect good behavior because that is the right thing to do.  This lack of constant ego feeding has caused the kids some frustration, but they are learning that rewards come as a result of effort and work- not simply because you exist.

Granted- we are still early in this process, but I am excited about the progress I have seen so far!

The curriculum we are using as a basis for our homeschooling education is Robinson Curriculum.  I highly recommend it and it is a VERY affordable homeschooling solution for those who are wanting to give homeschooling a try but don’t have a tone of available funds at the moment.

For more information on Robinson Curriculum, check out http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/