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 Read more...
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.
I was asked to share our morning mealtime routine over at Simple Kids! I love reading about others’ rhythms and routines, and was honored to be asked to share ours.
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: Read more...
Lord my God,
I have risen form the prayer of death, from my sleep,
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 Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...