We just had such wonderful visitors over the last two days that I am looking at our little homestead and family through different lenses.
I am also realizing that families weren't meant to do this whole parenting thing on their own. I mean it really seems that we were meant to live in a community - even a small one that might be comprised of multi-generations with grandparents, an aunt and uncle. Or maybe with some other families (with whatever make-up that may be - single, couples, with or without children).
Each of us has been given such a unique set of gifts. You may not even realize what those gifts are. It could be as simple as reading books to a child, sharing stories of one's life, a gentle voice of support, a home baked pie - or more tangible gifts such as music, knowledge, or a specific skill. We each have something to share. These gifts are not meant to be kept to ourselves.
God has blessed each of us and as human beings I think we have an innate desire to interact with one another, to commune with each other - to form community.
This is a challenge and one that I want to embrace and develop in our family's life, right here on our remote little homestead.