We went out on another family hike today and reflected together on Luella’s first half of the year homeschooling. It’s been far from perfect. We’ve missed days and had mornings where everyone was feeling off but we are just so incredibly proud of how hard she has worked on her nature lessons and reading and writing and helping around the house. Lue loves homeschool. She asks to do school almost everyday, which I don't think will last her whole life, so I'm soaking it up now.
We partnered with @Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments this holiday season on something so simple that brings so much joy. We sat on that moss log on a brisk Fall morning like we do often, and as she opened up the wrapped up gift we talked about how this small Hallmark Keepsake Ornament represents how proud we are of her and how every year she can hang it up on the tree and think back to the first year of homeschooling.
I love those holiday traditions and consistencies. The ornaments you pull out every single year and they just burst with an emotional attachment or sentiment. I still have some of those at my parents house that I see hung on their giant tree that, at almost thirty years old, make me feel warm and happy. They make me sit still even for a moment and think back to small, really good moments because we all have at least one of those. It seems like Thanksgiving comes and then the holiday season just blinks right by, and I want to incorporate more of these tiny, small ways to slow down and appreciate each other more. To view the good in all things and flood our home with a perspective of gratitude and thoughtfulness in small ways. I’m feeling sentimental, as always, because that’s just who I am, but I can’t wait to hang this up on our first Christmas tree in the new A-frame and celebrate a small tradition for years to come.
I’d love to integrate more keepsake, meaningful traditions during the holiday season and would love to hear if you have any? Little or big things that are so simple, mean so much. Share your imperfect memories using the hashtag #KeepsakeIt Together and find the perfect ornament to remember your story here!
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