I was surprised with the gift of this book. I knew I was going to like it, but I happened to love it. Cindy offers us this book written with her heart. I appreciate her transparency, how she tells us all how it is, no filters, and how she respects and honors everybody involved in her story.
I remember Cindy from her blog, Ordo Amoris. I even participated bumped myself in the middle of some book clubs through her blog and the blogs of other homeschooling moms. Cindy intimidated me a bit, or maybe it was the books I was attempting to read along with her, the English language, the other participants… I was clearly chewing more than I could bite and digest. I have never had the privilege of meeting her in person, but if I ever do, I’d thank her for the friends I’ve met through her, the dead ones and the living ones too! I would love to give her a big hug, but knowing how introvert she is, I may simply smile big, and probably shed some tears.
Cindy Rollins is a gift to all of us who want to serve God, homeschool, stay real, and survive it with grace and humor. Her company is invaluable.
Cindy gave shape to ideas that float in many of our scattered mom brains, and left us with principles we need to remember, and real advice weaved through the story of her life.
Point number one: PERSPECTIVE. I readily acknowledge how little perspective my girls or children, young adults, have, while failing to see how little of it I have myself! Just today, I ended up a conversation with a friend exhorting her and myself to remember not to panic and to keep perspective. If I were a tattoo kind of person, that’d be a good candidate for my forehead. It’d make others laugh when they saw me, I’m sure, and I’d get a much needed reminder.
Perspective is a bit like patience or any other virtue we may be praying for. After so long praying for patience, it donged on me I needed to pray for patience in others, to be thankful for the patience they have had to cultivate just by living with me.
A bit earlier than my reading of this book, an article was published at the Charlotte Mason Educational Retreat Blog by Karen Canon. You MUST read it. Consider reading it. If you are convinced that there’d be dragons, know that there’s also a dragon slayer.
18 “Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.