Monday, November 07, 2016

Embrace Your Village

The older I get, the more I appreciate the people surrounding my family that help us survive. What in the world would I do without our Village??
 It seems that, as a society, we are isolating ourselves through judgement all around us. Who in the world would want to do this by themselves?!?
We all know that proverb "It takes a village to raise a child." The Lord knew what he was doing when he gave us community. This is not a one-person job. Not only the job of raising kids (which is terrifying on a daily basis). The job of LIFE.

I am still feeling quite sick at my stomach as I think about facing the voting polls tomorrow for our most memorable election in my lifetime, at least. I'm very much not looking forward to it, yet I will somehow make it there and fill in the boxes, maybe with my eyes closed. (only partially joking...)

As I was putting the boys to bed tonight, Henson says, "Did you know that sometimes the computer tells lies?" I was kind of glad he realizes this, but also terrified about what he seems to already know...
"Yes, I did." I said. "We have to be careful about what we read, or look at on the computer because it is man-made."
In all seriousness, Henson replies, "OH, I know! Like, one time I someone wrote that an octopus has 10 tentacles. I just wanted to say 'WHAT?!? Are you kidding me??' That's what I would say."
Relief! I was preparing my "stay calm at all times and never show shock/horror/that you are going to faint at what comes out of their mouths" face. But, luckily this time, I did not need it. *raised hands to the heavens above*
I might have gotten off easy tonight, but I know I need to be prepared. I need to prepare my sons. Thank goodness for our Village!!

It is so easy to put all of the burdens of life, raising kids, doing things "perfectly" as our sole responsibility. With all of the various ways that we can be told how we can be doing better, how we are not doing something right, who to vote for, or not, and why you are the worst human ever for whatever you think...but my goodness that is exhausting. I get sucked in way too often, and I can't live up. Our country is going to change after this election, and I am so thankful to know that my kids will grow up knowing to respect the laws, but that there is a greater Law Maker whom their Village is behind. I pray they grow up with the confidence to discern what they see or hear online, in person, TV, or whatever futuristic gadget or technology will exist in 5-10 years. But, my goodness, L or I cannot do it by ourselves. We will always know that God is there to back us up in times of uncertainty (again, daily). But, I can also be assured that they are gaining that confidence through an earthly village of people who care about them, and want the same for them.
I am grateful for our Village!

My family is beyond blessed to have our Village: family that would do anything for us; a wonderful church family and small group that we can't imagine life without; a fantastic school for our kids that provides just what they need away from home; awesome neighbors that really care and are so much fun; our Ghanaian family that are growing us and our kids - whom they haven't even met yet - in immeasurable ways;
I am grateful for our Village!!

I hope that others see their village for the value that it brings. Everyone needs one. I hope that I continue to value my village and to teach my kids to love it and utilize it.

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