Ray and I came to North Carolina to teach and encourage. As so often happens, the student became the teacher. Yesterday we were in Raleigh at a homeschool bookstore called the Homeschool Gathering Place. Chris Howard, a handsome, well-spoken, and enthusiastic homeschooled high schooler, took many photos. Here’s one from the afternoon session.
Chris became my teacher as he gave me great photography tips. Now, if someone could just teach me to keep my eyes open.
After the evening session, a mother lingered to talk about some of her homeschooling concerns. I’ll call her Natalie. Again I became the student as Natalie shared her heart with me. She told me that her husband works twelve hours a day, six days a week and that she wants to be sure she is honoring him by the job she is doing while he is away, because he trusts her with their children.
Natalie went on to tell me about her grandmother, “God rest her blessed soul.” She was the mother of fifteen and had forty grandchildren. Natalie said that her grandmother knew all their names and they all knew that they would receive a Christmas present from their grandmother: panties for the girls; socks for the boys. When Natalie visited her grandmother, she would look at her watch after a couple of hours and tell Natalie that she should go home to her husband. By words and life, this grandmother taught Natalie the importance of her own marriage and the importance of Natalie’s.
Natalie wants to honor her husband. She learned that from her grandmother. I learned it again from Natalie.
The heart of her husband trusts in her.