dad” but it always seems like we are climbing
this muddy hill of life and getting nowhere .
Never enough money or time, working two
jobs to provide for his family, he was determined to make this a great family memory
for all of us to cherish through the years.
Well, needless to say, he came home feeling
like a failure, defeated that the evil foe had
won again. We drove two hours to find out
the tree farm didn’t have trees taller than my
nine year old, so we ended up buying one off
their pre-cut lot anyway, along with a number of other mishaps and disagreements endured throughout the day.
I tried to point him to all the good that
came out of the day and what meant the
most to us is that he tried! He continues to
try and try but never feels like he gets any-
where . It breaks my heart .
We know the focus isn’t supposed to be
on the material things and it’s about spend-
ing time together, but I just ache for him. I
pray for him each day that he feel fulfilled in
his jobs both here at our house and beyond.
He is a man of integrity and loves his fam-
ily so much. I couldn’t be more proud to be
his wife, but if I could have one Christmas
wish, it would be that my husband feel joy
and fulfillment that he is doing a good job
and making a difference .”
Sound familiar? Like maybe you could
have written that note? I know I have felt
that way at least a hundred times. But here’s
what neither of them know yet . . . it’s coming . . . the reward for all those messed up
plans, ugly memories at tree farms, chaotic homeschool days, lousy vacations, and
botched memory makers. One day, in a few
years, they’ll be sitting with their children
and that warm feeling will find them . . .
and they will feel so full.
And so will you. Keep doing what you’re
doing . . . that day is coming. Trust me on
Todd Wilson, author of Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe, Help! I’m Married to
a Homeschooling Mom, and The Official
Book of Homeschooling Cartoons, is a
dad, writer, conference speaker, and former
pastor. Todd’s humor and gut-honest realness
have made him a favorite speaker at home-school conventions across the country and a
guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of
Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s
most important through a weekly e-mail
for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents. Todd, and his wife Debbie,
homeschool their eight children in northern
Indiana and travel around America in the
Familyman Mobile. You can visit Familyman Ministries at www.familymanweb.com
It’s coming . . . the reward for all those messed up plans, ugly memories, chaotic
homeschool days, lousy vacations, and botched memory makers.