Monday, March 10
I spend a little time each week looking for interesting things for my children to write in their copybooks, usually based upon a theme. I will post them here each week as a record for myself and as a help to any other family that wishes to use them.
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead."
Has come to town
With a yellow petticoat
And a pretty green gown
Saturday, March 8
Take delight in all things that surround us. All things teach us and lead us to God. All things around us are droplets of the love of God- both things animate and inanimate, the plants and the animals, the birds and the mountains, the sea and the sunset and the starry sky. They are little loves though which we attain to the great Love that is Christ. Flowers, for example, have their own grace: they teach us with their fragrance and with their magnificence. They speak to us of the love of God. They scatter their fragrance and their beauty on sinners and on the righteous. For a person to become a Christian he must have a poetic soul. He must become a poet. Christ does not wish insensitive souls in his company. A Christian, albeit only when he loves. is a poet and lives amid poetry. Poetic hearts embrace love and sense it deeply.
Make the most of beautiful moments. Beautiful moments predispose the soul to prayer; they make it refined, noble, and poetic. Wake up in the morning to see the sun rising from out of the sea as a king robed in regal purple. When a lovely landscape, a picturesque chapel, or something beautiful inspires you, don't leave things at that, but go beyond this to give glory for all beautiful things so that you experience Him who alone is comely in beauty. All things are holy- the sea, swimming, and eating. take delight in them all. All things enrich us, all lead us to the great Love, all lead us to Christ."
Wounded By Love
With thanks to Kyrie for sharing this quote!
Tuesday, March 4
I bought everyone a new box of watercolors and that has been a huge lifesaver this week. I have a million paintings drying on the playroom floor as I type this. I think that I will try a fresh batch of play dough next week and hope that it has the same soothing effect that painting has had. Other activities that have been helpful have been: cleaning out the game and puzzle cupboard together, listening to audio books, reading aloud, doing puzzles, playing outside (we had about three inches of snow on Monday!!), and receiving a box of new books from Button's godmother (what a good idea for Clean Week!).
I've been in a root vegetable mood the past two days. Sugar Plum and I baked sweet potatoes yesterday and today we roasted potatoes, carrots, and onions. These vegetables have been so good and filling. I want to start some 5 minute artisan bread dough soon and I have a lot of frozen bananas waiting for banana bread. I have to keep the oven going in this cold house!
Tomorrow I turn thirty-four. I am going to celebrate by cancelling school and wearing new shoes!
Monday, March 3
On last year's post, Great Lent for Children, I mentioned a pretty Lenten calendar that I spotted on Rhythm of the Home. I wanted to implement it last year but it never happened. Fortunately, I remembered it in the nick of time for this year and made it on Sunday afternoon just before Forgiveness Vespers. I basically copied Bley Hack's Lenten Path using watercolor paper, Prang watercolors, and watercolor pencils. While the calendar was drying, I took a little butterfly from the craft store and glued a round magnet to the back. When everything was dry, I place it on the first stone on the Lenten path and put another magnet under the paper. Now the butterfly can easily move from stone to stone. Here's a video I took to show you how it works:
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