When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? This year has brought some significant challenges in our home and homeschool. When my husband first lost his job, we had savings and were not too worried. We kept doing what we always did, going on excursions and eating out from time to time. We were sure that he’d find work before the savings ran out. 15 months later, we are having to make tough choices and say “no” quite a lot. Our granddaughter’s disappointment makes it sting.
But the measure of our lives is not about how much money we can spend on pleasures, but what we do with what we are given. Times of testing can be very motivating!
Not having any credit cards means earning and spending cash on necessities, and letting our luxuries be laughter with friends, evening walks and bringing value out of things that had gathered dust. As they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” We’ve begun an organic garden. I’ve picked up my writing again, even published a children’s book, “Daniel and the Drain,” on Amazon, that I’d put off completing. We are selling what we don’t need and learning in the process, that we don’t need so much.
Researching homeschool materials for next year, I discovered Easy Peasy. It’s a free curriculum that works for grades K – 12 *and* the content is God honoring! That, along with other great freebies in my cache, makes me confident that Jade can have a productive 6th grade year on a shoestring budget.
Of course, I will continue to publish more books – there are three waiting in the wings for publication and two more I’m working on. Through this whole experience, I’m learning a lot about producing a quality product and marketing it. Being creative is easy for me. Marketing has seemed like too much work. Technology, like math, are not my strongest points. I can become quite frustrated and almost panicky when I don’t know how to do something that is required. But I am SO thankful for having my husband at the desk next to mine. While he is job searching, he is also ready to assist me with any stressful tech problem I come up with!
This summer, we won’t be traveling. No beach visits or hotels. Simple birthday parties. But I am hopeful that it will be a rich experience. We can rejoice in the midst of hard times and teach lessons that money can’t buy. God is good, all the time. He provides all we need for life and that – abundantly!
Maybe we’ll even open a small, neighborhood lemonade stand.