Friday, December 08, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Preparing

Our Lady amidst the mess (complete with pen graffiti on the wall). One of those rare moments of beauty when they read together!  

I've been listening to some great podcasts by Patrick Coffin and one of them was with Anthony Esolen. Another one was this one about parenting experts. I wrote down this quote from the Anthony Esolen interview at about 37:20 minutes: 

"It might be healthy for our young people, all of them, to regularly do difficult, physical work with the parent of the same sex. It's good for us all."

I almost always feel like I am preparing for something in the future. Starting some project and finishing it three years later, imagining some project that will take three years but preparing for it now, etc. I dream of the kids doing chores and knowing how to work as well as play, but that is definitely a distant, far-off dream. That I am starting to work toward now. Building a family culture, one tiny step at a time. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wild and free... and kind and responsive

I've been reading the farmhouseschoolhouse.com blog recently and her posts about nature walks (and all posts in general! and her house!) have been making me feel pretty terrible. So we went on an impromptu, quick (hour-long) hike last week. And even though it was short, and even though it was just us, it was worth it.

I also subscribe to her Charlotte Mason-classical education mixed philosophy and would love my kids to be more "fed" in terms of brain and to be outdoors a lot more. I feel incredible mommy guilt most of the time and try to NOT PAY ATTENTION TO IT and take it to prayer and all that, but I especially feel mommy guilt when I think about the amount of time they spend cooped up in an apartment, are bored while I cook or clean, have to tag along for grocery store or other errands, or even worse (gasp!) have to stay with babysitters while I take care of my spiritual life or other such important things. 

But then there are those small moments that are so incredibly beautiful and that I know are only possible with the long moments of boredom, hard work or prioritizing. Because life can't be fun 24 hours a day, or happy 24 hours a day, or entertaining 24 hours a day. It's an uphill battle with great views. And having my kids at home fits in with what I want for them: to have a strong bond and be responsive to us parents, to learn virtues like kindness in the family environment, to not be spoiled, to work at home, to do wholesome recreational activities (like reading a book, playing a game, playing an instrument) at home. And most importantly love. They have a mother and father who really, really love them and that is the most important. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

Halloween All Saints Party

Saint-O-Lantern, some games, our costumes: Saint Faustina, Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint John Paul II

I am not particularly against Halloween, but I definitely don't think it makes any sense outside of the US. And I am in favor of saints. So I organized an All Saints party with my neighbor at a local parish. And when I say organized I mean coughed up a few ideas from showerofroses.blogspot.com and aknottedlife.com and she did all the work. And I managed to make us some costumes the night before, barely slept, got really stressed out and was incredibly exausted the next day at the party. And when I say "make costumes" I mean buying some fabric, cutting with scissors and pinning together with safety pins. 

But it was so much fun and so worth it. It was a "family environment", as my husband put it, just a few families that became friends through our church play group last year.