There are also some moments or events that strengthened and united your family, as well. I've made myself keep a small journal of these kinds of harvest insights, both for encouragement and so that I really realize the progress being made for our efforts. I know it is hard to find time to write down these kinds of things, and I am one of the worst when it comes to finding time for extra efforts like this. BUT, I have MADE myself do this with a journal -- for all of us.
Here are some ideas in each harvest moment category that I mentioned above, to help you "see" what I record:
Breakthroughs in their education:
- First word read all by themselves
- First book read independently
- First time they read a book with interest "without" having it assigned
- Breakthrough on long division
- Moments of realization when they really "understand" a concept...like gravity!
- They begin to connect the things that they are learning with the world around us.
- They slow down to help younger siblings voluntarily
- Refusal to "follow the crowd" based on principle or belief
- Doing the "right" thing even when you are not around!
- Helping others without being asked
- Appreciating grandparents and other family members
- Welcoming guests wholeheartedly and caring for their needs
- Asking if you can "all" go do something together...amazing!
- When one parent is ill or injured, and they all work together to share the burden
- A death in the family or extended family, where they learn the real value of love and family, as well as the role of faith in assurance
- When times are financially strained, everyone comes together to conserve, plan, and help ease the struggle.
- Projects for the family tend to provide long memories as well -- working together to add a room to the house, helping a neighbor, etc.
Until next time,