Back in January I had a wild hare (SIDE NOTE: there’s a saying with an interesting history) and came home from my biweekly marketing with a betta fish and a little glass bowl. Much excitement ensued. My children have been begging for a pet for years, and my stock answer has always been “we don’t have pets, we have children.” Despite their offers to ditch a sibling, I held firm. I’m not sure why I changed my mind that day, but the tiny little fish in the plastic container was met with gladness and delight.

OK, these aren’t the best pictures ever, but would you believe I got all this for only $25?!?!??! I stopped at a rummage sale and there was a wonderful woman there who had adopted 14 children, homeschooled for a bit, and then taught in a local Christian school that recently closed down. She gave me the best bargain I will ever get.

Here we have, from the top down:
Calendar pocket chart

Magnetic patterning kit, a small pile of file folder games, and a family meeting agenda

Make-Your-Own calendar from Lakeshore, Handwriting Without Tears slate, whisper tube

O March that blusters and March that blows,
What color under your footstep glows?
Beauty you summon from winter’s snow
And you are the pathway that leads to the rose.

It’s not a rose, but it will do for now.

The first to come is cherry red,
Then orange like a fruit,
Yellow’s like May’s curly head,
And green, like the moss by the big tree’s root.
Blue like water, the sky, the flowers,
And baby’s eyes so tender.
While purple reminds us of pansy beds,
And the sunset’s royal splendor.

I’ve mentioned before that I like to wake up about an hour before everyone else and do some praying and spiritual reading. (ETA: Actually, looking back for a post to link, I’ve never mentioned this. But I do. Consider it mentioned.)  These are the books I am working from right now:

The Holy Bible

Prayers for the Domestic Church

The Apostolate of Holy Motherhood (Complete with thrift store sticker still on the  cover, LOL!)

On this particular Tuesday morning, I began with the following:

Lord my God,
I have risen form the prayer of death, from my sleep,

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~Adrienne Cook

Rainbow hats made by cutting strips of construction paper– great for small motor skills!– and then attaching
them to a light blue “cloud” band.
Leprechaun seasonal display, with a leprechaun house made by Katie Grace and yellow beeswax “gold”
made by Nicholas and Mama, activity from Spring Seasons of Joy.
Clover suncatcher, made with a construction paper frame, tissue paper, and contact paper.

I had a very happy shopping day today. Well, tonight actually. I saved $55.38 on a $77. 78 bill, spending only $22.40 plus tax on a whole bunch o’ food. Yay! What did I get, you ask? Well, besides this absolutely horrid photo, we got…

4 boxes of spaghetti, on sale for $1.29 each, with 2 $1 off/2 coupons

6 two-packs of soap, marked down to $1.38 each, with $1 coupon for each pack– these are either going to be donated to Family Promise or Shepherd of the Streets

Packaged salad for 99 cents with a store coupon

There were some sure signs of spring today, and I’d like to add one more… a Spring Seasons of Joy giveaway!

Spring Seasons of Joy is a Waldorf-inspired activity guide featuring ten weeks of circle times, fairy tales and story extensions, handwork projects, nature tables, watercolor stories, coloring and modeling activities, playtime ideas, outings and group activities, ideas for you and your baby, and much more. Aimed at families in the early childhood years, I can honestly say that my older children still enjoy many of the activities.


In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of this book for free from Book Sneeze in exchange for this review.

“This is not another self-help book.”

So proclaims the back cover of The Vertical Self: How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in an Age of Self Obsession by Mark Sayers. And truthfully, it’s not. It has elements of a self-help book, including study guides, discussion questions, and some nifty little charts and line drawings, but it’s a call to action, not just to introspection. It is, as the back cover also states, a call to radical holiness.