Some folks wonder what our house is like beyond homeschooling.
I thought I would talk about our oldest son.
He moved out when he was 19.
He chose the same work trade as his father.
He is now a journeyman for that trade.
After living on his own for several years, we offered for him to move back home to save money for his future wedding. He’s always had a bit of an independent streak, so I wasn’t sure if he would be interested, but he accepted the offer and was willing to share a huge bonus room with not only 2 of his brothers, but also our extra-big kids along the way. Now that Grandma M has moved to a care facility, we offered him the extra room.
Joe is getting married this coming August. Amber is a beautiful young lady that accepts our crazy family.
I love that Joe just jumped back into the family dynamics. He plays with his youngest brother, helps sissy with her random projects, talks guns, cars, and random guy things with the older boys.
Most of all, I love his heart for God. As a mom, you invest so much into raising them only to know that they will have their own free will to live how they want to as adults. As for Joe, it is common, when you hop into his truck to hear him listening to sermons. The kind of sermon where he says, “hey mom, you gotta listen to this”. Or when he has a week off from work and he is working on his own sermon, or serving down at the church he goes to, or out helping encourage other people. God is so faithful. This man-child comes from a background of parents with dysfunctional families, saw dysfunction in our own family for half his childhood… yet he understands the grace of God in it all.
“A Man’s mind plans his way,but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.”
Proverbs 16:9 (Amplified Version)