a homeschool life conversation with brandi mcintosh

With some difficulty (not a morning person) I rise around 7 each morning and get started on breakfast.  This morning Ellie surprised me with eggs ready.  She's my early bird and frequently helps in this way, knowing how much it helps her morning zombie of a mama out.  (Mamas of young children - easier days - they are coming)!  By the time breakfast is ready, the younger kids are up and Gavin (15) joins us with a little help. ;) We've all agreed we prefer to get going somewhat early so that we can move through our day at an unhurried pace and have time for what matters. 

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a tribute to dad

Sunday was a beautiful Father's Day at our house. Jeremiah arose early to attend an early morning church meeting, so the boys and I used that bonus time to get cards ready for him when he returned home. They giggled with delight as they put their best artistic skills to work to show their dad just how very much they love and appreciate him. (sidenote: I've got to go snap a photo of said cards!)

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park city

We had a wonderful Memorial day! We are still very much in the moving-in-and-fixing-up process, and everyday I feel like there's so much I need to get done around here in order for us to be settled, so I planned to clean and work the day away. But my husband said no, we need to go do something fun! So we did. As I was out I got thinking about how I have such a tendency to work and work and work and am sometimes too practical with the to-dos that I miss out on fun! And on memory-making. Certainly balance in all things is important. But I had no idea how much I needed a break from house to-dos in general!

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mothering is a joy

We are getting ready to head out of town, but I wanted to briefly share about the United Nations CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) conference, documents are being produced that refer to children as “burdens;” with the expressed desire to have the efforts (unpaid care and domestic work) usually performed by mothers “reduced and redistributed” to “national care systems” (the government). Please see the link here. This cannot be! I wish I were able to hug mothers everywhere who struggle, because the truth is, it's hard work! But I cannot think of a greater work that I could be doing. It makes me cringe to hear children referred to as "burdens," and I want to stand up and shout in support of home and family!

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