Brothers playing on the beach

From Instagram: One last trip to the beach.

We spent the first half of this past week at a Classical Conversations practicum in Boynton Beach, Florida, and the south Florida communities were so kind and welcoming. As we talk about moving to a new area within a couple of years, it gave me hope for being able to connect and make friends as a family because of the community nature of CC!

On Wednesday afternoon we headed down to the beach for one last visit before starting our journey home early Thursday afternoon. While I’m happy to be back in my mountains, I could definitely get used to having the beach just 20-30 minutes away! That said, it’s been fun to see how the kids have adjusted to being back home. I always expect them to be disappointed about returning to normal (and picking up their extra chores), but they took the baby so Sean and I could sleep in this morning, have been unpacking and cleaning without a complaint, and just seem happy to be home!

What I’m readingA Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille (this is so, so good!), How to Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years by Julie A. Ross, M.A., and Find the Good by Heather Lende

What I’m thinking about:

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When health becomes an idol

Because you matter too

Parenting for the future

Have a great weekend!

P.S. This story is a heartbreaking reminder of what Memorial Day is all about.