Living Lovely With Family

I had never visited Mt.Hope Chronicles, but I found this lovely meme today thanks to a friend's blog. Family time is very important to us. These last two years as Jason has been in school, we have found ourselves working extra hard to make it a priority on the weekends when he is home. I am so thankful that our older children are starting to see the value and prefer to choose time at home as a family over anything else!

Here is the description of the meme: Everyone is invited to join in. Simply share on your own blog what you do (hope to do in the future, have done in the past, or remember from your childhood) to make daily connections and memories with your family.

So, what do we do daily to make connections? We have many routines that build connections as a family. The children and I go over the day together every morning and talk about what we are doing for the day. On Mondays, we also share prayer requests and pray for a missionary family for the week.

Throughout the day, we do lots of reading together. We read for school and for pleasure, and I have noticed over the years that this is something that definitely builds connections.

I try to take the kids to eat lunch with Jason once a week or so. This has been especially important these last two years as they don't see him much during the week.

Bedtimes are another opportunity for connections. We read together, talk together and pray together.

Friday night and Saturdays are family times because Daddy is home! The kids have started calling Saturday, Dadderday over the last two years! They love it that Daddy is home on Saturday mornings. They often watch cartoons or play the Wii with him, and then we will sometimes have a pancake breakfast together.

For us, it has been the little things that build connections: the traditions shared, the time taken to just be together.


  1. Dadderday! Oh, my goodness, I love it! My middle son in particular cannot wait for Saturdays and immediately gets on his 'dirty jobs' clothes so he can work around the house or in the shop with Daddy. I also like the idea of meeting him for lunch once a week. We might have to try that. Thanks for participating!

  2. Leah, thanks for stopping by my blog. You posted recently about dreaming of the yellow school bus and I have to tell you...I have so been there this year. I actually researched schools a few weeks ago. That workbox system gave me something new to be excited about, which I needed. JUst wanted to let you know that I added some links to other blogs of folks that are using the system in case you want to look at those as well. They may be more helpful than my posts.

    And by the way, love your perspective on making connections and building, so important and worth the time we are spending with our kids and husbands!

  3. I love Dadderday! That is adorable! I wish we could meet our daddy for lunch, but parking on or near campus is brutal!

  4. Hey Leah -
    I can't find your email address and I don't know how often you check your homeschoolblogger blog so I didn't want to message you there. We have to get our septic tank cleaned out, hopefully Friday, since everything is backing up (eww!) and well, that means I have no extra money to travel to SC with this weekend. Plus, Eagle can't get Friday off due to somethings going on at work that day. Sooo, I had to cancel the trip for this weekend but am aiming for April 3rd/4th. Just waiting to make sure that weekend works for my SIL. I have all your numbers in my phone and so can't wait to get together. I think that I will be bringing my girls along, so that will be fun for your girls, too. Anyway - I had to let you know because I know you had it on your calendar for Saturday. I am ready to cry now... I was really excited about this weekend.

  5. "Dadderday" is too adorable! Isn't it amazing how important those connections are? I love the idea of the kids having lunch with daddy once a week. That is a great idea and I am sure that Jason looks forward to it as much as the kids do. :)


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