Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this:'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these.
In February 2009, the hubby and I made the decision
to homeschool our two blessings. We allowed them to finish up that school year,
but come the new school year we would begin our journey of homeschooling. At
the start of our first homeschooling year, we moved to Alaska. We moved to a
neighborhood that did not have any girls my daughter’s age. Now there were
girls in the neighborhood, but they were either younger or older than my
daughter. Never her age. On top of that, they all went to public school except
for one family who are now our closest friends.
My daughter had close friends in Alaska, but they did not live in our neighborhood. She wanted a friend that lived closed. A friend that she could meet at the local park to play or just to sit and talk with.
My daughter always felt different around the other
girls and wanted someone her age to move into our neighborhood. She also wanted
the girl to be a Christian homeschooling girl. Sadly, this never occurred
during our time in Alaska.
Our family ended up moving down to Wisconsin. My daughter
and I prayed for a Christian, homeschooling girl, my daughter’s age. We noticed
many girls in the neighborhood, but they were all younger than my daughter
until my husband met our neighbors.
My husband was out shoveling the sidewalk when he
met one of our neighbors. After speaking with the neighbor he found out they
had a daughter our daughter’s age. Then, he found out the daughter had the same
name as our daughter. I am talking same first and middle name, just spelled
differently by one letter. THEN, he found out that they homeschool AND they are
My daughter and I were so grateful and our hearts
were so happy. My daughter, Kaitlyn, is now best friends with Katelyn. I am so
grateful that God has put Katelyn in our path, along with her family. Our
family just adores this family!
Sadly, Katelyn, and her family will be moving this
summer for Texas. Many, many, many,
many, many, miles away from us. We will miss the family very much, but I am
so thankful that God has blessed us with this family.