Category Archives: Encouragement
A Word of Encouragement
It’s January. Christmas has come and gone. Epiphany is in its Octave but will soon pass and while we will still be in Christmastide until Candlemas, the weeks of winter can drag slow and dreary for mothers and children alike. … Continue reading
Thoughts on Many Things
I’ve been thinking a good deal about the Latin word discipulus these last few days. It means student and is where the words disciple and discipline come from. In no particular order: If students are also disciples then they are supposed to imitate the teacher. What … Continue reading
Take Heed That Ye Offend Not
As we think about parenting and the formation of the children, it is helpful to look at the places where Christ interacts with children and speaks about them in the Gospels. Really we find only a little bit here but … Continue reading
Persons or Collections?
In considering the concept that “Children are born persons” we naturally have to consider the ways in which we perceive the children in our lives. There is a natural tendency to see the them as a groups: the big kids, … Continue reading
Growth: Hard Work, Holding On, Letting Go
‘Tis the season of growth! Everywhere new plants are pushing up through the soil and people are changing what they did before to accommodate a life that is different than what they had planned. Children are growing and changing too … Continue reading
A Sense of Place
Where are your places? Where do you find yourself most firmly rooted? Where do you go when life is too much and you need to breathe? Lately, I have found myself at sea, and without a fixed place or … Continue reading
Spontaneous Action Is Not Irresponsible!
This morning I was very tempted to cancel lessons and chores and let everyone go their separate and very whiny ways! Our priest came over last night to bless the gardens since it was Rogation Monday and stayed to supper. … Continue reading
Summer Lessons: Combining Masterly Inactivity and Structure
Oh Summer! How we love your long, lazy days and lack of agenda and how we grieve over the quarrels and claims of “I’m booooored”. It is certainly true that idleness breeds mischief eventually and while a holiday can refresh, … Continue reading
Who Feeds The Teacher? Mother Culture Is An Essential.
“Do not let the endless succession of small things crowd great ideals out of sight and out of mind.” Charlotte Mason I have been thinking about this issue of renewing ourselves this week, as a succession of small things have … Continue reading
Saturday Morning Musing
What a week! Last week we were mostly home but still seeing some friends occasionally and getting out to parking lot Adoration at our parish where we could kneel out of doors and see our friends from a safe distance. … Continue reading