i'm on day 18 of vlogsgiving and just getting around to posting day NINE. trying to manage so much as a mommy, a wife, a business woman, a friend and falling "short" far too often than not can be SO frustrating. it can also be an incredible reminder of the GRACE we have been GIVEN and the importance of patience with ourselves and with others. it is crazy hard to practice patience with others when you have none with yourself. 

i've yelled at you (my babies) and attempted to dismiss you far too often lately. and, while it makes me feel incredibly guilty and like the world's worst homeschool mom the guilt fixes NOTHING. the reality is that i have been stretched, tested and under a lot of pressure but i ALWAYS have a choice. 

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i can choose to do whatever is nessasary to regain/restore/maitain the peace in my life and in our homeschool. so, while MATH has felt like our enemy lately and reading is starting to feel like a chore, i get to choose to refuse the pressures that you elect to leave behind when you make the decision to homeschool in the first place. 

today, i chose to SLOW DOWN, because there is NO NEED TO RUSH...

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it was as simple as grabbing our coats and hats and stepping right outside the front door. 

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^^^ this smile, thou^^^

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we took the time to watch the lady bug walk, we played in the mounds of leaves that are covering our front lawn, we collected sticks and had make pretend sword fights and then headed inside for hot chocolate and warm apple cider. it was a good choice!

from syreena, with love