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Finishing school

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About Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

As you start this week, and if your kids are now officially done with school for the season, may you remember what it’s like to relax. Soon enough, there will be time to rev up that Summer Bucket List a la Pinterest, but for the next week or two? Just… be. Be with those kids you love. Slow things down a bit. Sleep a bit more. Let them stay up a bit later. Eat some ice cream sandwiches.

And if you’ve still got a few more weeks of school, like my family, may you gather every ounce of energy you can muster to finish strong. May you resist the urge to let your kids skip their homework or stay up and infuse sugar in their veins. May you find the wherewithal to be an example of finishing well what was started.

But also? Go with the flow and admit that it is, in fact, almost summer, and that it’s okay to be oh-so-ready for it. Make the most of your readiness and prop up your feet a bit. Start a novel. Maybe let your kids stay up 30 minutes later. Play a peppy playlist and pretend it’s warm out.

Because “summer” will come soon enough, no matter what season it actually is in your neck of the woods. There is a time for every season.

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  1. I am really loving your Monday posts, they give me a kick to start my week off right.

  2. Thank you for this! Both my husband and I work at home (and I’ll be on deadline in a few weeks with a new book), but I’m really going to try to be intentional with our summer this year. I think it’s important my boys know how to entertain themselves, but I also want to be sure to throw in some special things (outside our planned vacation). Today it’s indoor mini golf.

    Here’s to everyone having the time they need to work, rest, and make memories!

    • I’m with you! It’s hard to juggle working from home and being “all there” with your kids during the summer.

  3. Ha, I’m the opposite. Normally I have a chattery 3 year old stalking my every move; but this week our church does “Preschool Day Camp” and she’s gone for 3 hours each morning! I’m all excited about the time to myself – but thinking encouraging thoughts for those of you finishing out the school year!

  4. I’m with you on this one! We picked up extra library books this week so we could all enjoy extra-long quiet times in the afternoons.

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    Sarah Westphal says:

    Thought of you when I read this:

    http://jenhatmaker.com/blog/2013/05/30/worst-end-of-school-year-mom-ever

    Although I am sure you already read it, and laughed so hard you were crying!

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