Appreciating the Homeschooling Dad

JMJ97  *Sometimes it is easy to overlook everything my husband has done to make our house a home, in the day-to-day stress of everyday life.  Here are some of the reminders to myself, of all the things he has done for us.  

Ring the School Bell 97/180 Days

As I was plowing through my school day, I reflected on the past weekend. John fixed a litany of things on Saturday, some in preparation for Superbowl Termini-style on Sunday.  A new dish box went into the den so we could have a second television for the less-serious Superbowl viewers, which John insisted upon.

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He also tightened a loose cable in the temperamental van’s engine, and presto, now it works.  What do you know.  Once, he fixed the stalled van by literally hitting the engine with a hammer, so now we keep a hammer in the van.

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Next, he installed a new router to get the computers working again for schoolwork and such.  I don’t think the kids missed the schoolwork, but we need to stay on track.  Now the phones work too because they are internet dependent.

Interesting how everything seems to fall apart at the same time.

Thank you John for saving us!

Appreciating the homeschooling dad

Sometimes it is easy to overlook everything my husband has done to make our house a home, in the day-to-day stress of everyday life.  Here are some of the reminders to myself, of all the things he has done for us.  I imagine some of these may apply to your situation also.  However, all spouses are obviously different,  so, of course, your list will vary from mine.  Every spouse has their strengths and weaknesses, as we all do.  Take time and make a list of your own spouse’s strengths.

  • John makes homeschooling a viable choice in our family.  He allows me to enjoy my calling to homeschool, and is happy for all of us.  He is there for moral support.
  • Often arriving when the dinner dishes have been put away and we are decked out in our pajamas, John works diligently to put food on the table.  Yet he hardly complains about it.
  • He is a strong spiritual role model, and shows it by reading scripture, praying with the family, and going to weekly Mass.
  • He reluctantly, but willingly, fixes things on his time off, usually on Saturdays, after a long week at work.  After being the handyman at home, he often goes back to the office to finish up yet more paperwork.
  • He doesn’t complain when the house looks less than stellar in appearance, which is often!
  • For special daddy/daughter time, he enjoys taking his daughters out for ice cream, lunch or a movie.
  • After all these years of homeschooling, he has logged in countless miles driving my daughters to piano, clubs, ballet, and later, community college.
  • He treats us all with respect.

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We found out that my own father will be visiting us soon this month, from Indiana.  Hurray!

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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