This week’s feasts and festivals, plans and projects

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I haven’t done one of these for a while, but I’ve found that I’ve been missing it. It helps me feel more centered as I begin my week. I don’t know if it’s having to be conscious about what we’re doing this week or if it’s the fact that it forces me to have to actually look at my calendar.

Here’s what we have going on this week.

Sunday, February 10
St. Scholastica

Today is Molly’s bonus saint’s day! I felt kind of bad that the twins had to share birthdays and baptismal anniversaries, so I decided to celebrate the feast days of the Holy Twins, Saint Benedict and Saint Scholastica with them. Believe me—with them both in the throes of the Terrible Twos, we could definitely use some twinly holiness around here! I don’t have too much planned since we have other things going on, but we’ll definitely read Tomie dePaolo’s book The Holy Twins with them.

We have church, of course, and then a big potluck—one last feast before Lent begins. I’m making pretzel salad to take. Yummy!

Monday, February 11
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
I’m not sure what we’ll do today beyond telling the story. I have a few ideas for celebrating Marian feast days pinned here but I don’t think those crispy rice treat grottos I’ve always wanted to make are going to happen this year. We may just ending up taking a trip to church to pick up more Holy Water. I’m toying with the idea of taking Katie Grace to try out American Heritage Girls, but it’s all the way across town. 9 regular miles is like 30 Pittsburgh minutes, depending on the time of day. We’ll see…

Tuesday, February 12
Shrove Tuesday
Lincoln’s Birthday

I think today we will bring in a little of Our Lady of Lourdes and have crepes for dinner. I’ll try to pull in a little bit of Lincoln during the school day but don’t really foresee doing a whole lot with it. As usual, we have piano today as well. And as usual, Michael has piano.

Wednesday, February 13
Ash Wednesday

Church and quiet and fasting. And getting ready for Lent of course—we make some sort of chart to mark the days–I have an idea for this year that I’ll share in another post—and shroud the statues and crosses. And then church, of course.

Thursday, February 14
St. Valentine’s Day

How strange to have such a festive holiday the day after Ash Wednesday! We have an opportunity to go ice skating with the homeschoolers, but it honestly just doesn’t quite feel right. I think this year we’ll focus on using Valentine’s Day to show our love through acts of service.

Friday, February 15
Homeschool co-op today! I’m having so much fun this semester. I am teaching two classes: The Daring Class for Girls, which is based on The Daring Book for Girls and is full of the most spirited young ladies I have ever met, including my own daughter, and a class on dystopian literature. The kids is this class are absolutely brilliant and in just one class have already made amazing connections between books and real life. I can’t wait for our next class.

Saturday February 16
The usual—orchestra and ballet and church! And of course getting ready for Michael’s 14th birthday tomorrow.

This week in our homeschool…
Michael
is learning about the judicial branch of government and will be working through a book called “You Be the Judge”.

Katie Grace is leaving ancient Greece and moving on to ancient Rome.

Nicholas is still working on drawing and reading maps.

Daniel is learning to recognize the letter L.

Mostly, we’re just focusing on moving into the season of Lent. Around here, Lent tends to be a quieter and simpler time. We like to focus on the instruction to “fast, pray, and give alms” and tend to stick pretty close to home. Our eating patterns change as well, focusing on good, simple, filling food. We eat a lot of soups and stews.