Today was an encouraging day! That is the best way I know how to describe it. There were as many hard things in as there are in other days…maybe a few more as I was very forgetful today and not only forgot about Lee's speech therapy, I forgot it was time for Fred's medicine box to come and we all left the house.

But in other ways there were so much encouragement. A lady from church invited us over this morning to play in the water, the boys had so much fun. There were lots of things to do in the yard and see and they al had fun…almost no crying all the time we were there.

She is a mother of 6 and encouraged me that I was doing the right thing in my homeschool efforts. I was feeling discouraged because I was looking around at others and comparing. I realized that is never a good thing to do!

The boys are happy, bright, well adjusted, and what more can I ask for? They are healthy. A sweet 7 year old boy was there who also has down syndrome, and seeing the scars on his chest from open heart surgery and feeding tube etc. made me so thankful that they have not suffered any serious illnesses! This little guy was so sweet though, and it was nice how the whole group all played together fairly nicely! We are all so different looking, yet with a few bumps and struggles, the children didn't really care if some have darker skin than others, some are handicapped or not, they all enjoyed themselves.

Sometimes I wonder why we as adults cannot be more like children? I was cringing at some of the news lately, so I avoid seeing it, but all the fighting and pain going on, it was nice to see the little ones from all over get along! (Minus the minor “It is my turn now to play with the bat, he won't give it to me” and “Oh, look, your baby did bite my baby! Wonder why they didn't cry?”)

Anyhow, I just have to get my office cleaned up and ready for school and the boys room organized. I took a shelf out to use it in June and their room has been picked up since then, but not clean. Everyone keeps going barefoot too so I can barely keep up with mopping. The dirt piles on the floor faster than I can clean it!

So, with all the discourging things in this life, be encouraged! Life is always worse somewhere else…God has blessed you, and even if things get worse He will take care of you!

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