We had a playdate with a new homeschooling family this week.
I liked Kathleen, the mother, and her two girls (her older boys stayed at home). She has one biological child and three adopted children, two of whom came from Guatemala three years ago. Her children range in age from 6 to 14. She is 48 and her husband is 54. I am 44 and my husband is 52.
A rare picture of our full family, minus Daddy.
Kathleen lives in a neighborhood where the average income is probably $400,000/year. My neighborhood's average is roughly $45,000/yr.
Kathleen sends her kids to an exclusive school twice a week, for $8,000/yr total. I struggle to buy 3rd grade lined writing paper.
She is wife to a doctor. I am wife to a custodian.
She has stylish clothes and a great haircut. My hair is four months behind on a trim and I wear thrift-store clothes.
The differences are many. Striking.
But they didn't matter.
What could we have possibly had in common? And how did we manage to understand each other?
We are both mothers, struggling with our own sin as we strive to love, encourage and teach our children. We both imperfectly, but passionately, love the Savior. We both imperfectly, but passionately, love our children.
Motherhood and the Savior. What better to bind new friends?
Kathleen and her husband have their home up for sale. They are downsizing and paying off all debt, and ending frivolous spending. All this was from the Lord. They are also overseeing the building of a children's home in Guatemala.
It's one thing to downsize because you lost your job, but quite another to do it voluntarily, when you already use every inch of your home. I admire their obedience so much! Goodbye materialism!
The children are looking for a good place to let some salamanders go. Peter found them last weekend and observed/enjoyed them at home for four days. This was the appointed day to let them go. The new friends, two girls ages 6 and 9, were thrilled with Peter's salamanders. Their mom, on the other hand, was not. Not a creepy crawly kind of gal. :)
Praise God for the way new friends cross our paths! Amazing, isn't it? I sent out Ann Voskamp's posts about Guatemala to my homeschool group, and Kathleen (who is on the e-mail list) sent an e-mail introducing herself to me, and asking if we wanted to get together.
Psalm 119:63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.