Despite the rain, our stawberries and garlic are doing nicely, no doubt because my mother-in-law planted them together in the same beds this year. Companion planting is not a new concept -- many people know of the Native Americans' "Three Sisters," combining squash, beans and corn -- by relying on an interconnected system of plants, beneficial insects and animals are attracted, the soil is enriched and pests are deterred. In the same way, with whom we are planted, or who our companions are, can greatly affect our own growth in life.
Such is the case with our wonderful Australian friends at A Peaceful Day. Max delights in having a friend that has read many of the same books, as he and Jemimah share a Charlotte Mason - Ambleside education. We have learned much while exploring life in Australia, "traveling" with them to Bhutan, and praying for their beautiful family.
So, you can imagine the excitement of receiving a letter and package marked International Air Mail bearing exotic stamps and a set of Colin Buchanan Aussie kids' praise cd's. As I write, the boys are learning the books of the Old Testament to the tune of Waltzing Matilda!
Max was so impressed with Jemimah's penmanship, a great example of the "why" compared to the "how" of what we learn in school. Our friends' kindness also provided Max with what Charlotte Mason calls "a meaningful handwriting experience" as he sat down write a thank you letter.
As a mom, it has been encouraging to have a companion just two terms ahead in the Ambleside curriculum as we compare notes, offering one another support and ideas. We share a love of the CM method, chocolate, used book sales, and -- most importantly -- a love of the Lord. She has seen my fleshly moments but hasn't turned away, and in an age where women can be deceived into trying to feed their emotional needs via the internet, Jeanne always points to the One who fulfills every need.
Thus, it was an especially touching surprise then when my friend awarded me this:
Those who receive this award are of the sweetest nature. They are kind, friendly, funny, loving, eager to share their love for Jesus with others, and brave in their efforts to reflect Him to this darkened world. They are the kind of folks you're blessed to know, even if it's only in the bloggy-sphere.
I guess I'm not permitted to hand the award back to her but must pass it on. It's with great pleasure that I give the True Heart Award to Trinity Mommy at A Homeschool Adventure, Erin at The Finer Neiners, and Laura at Wasted Textbooks - three Titus 2 women with whom I am blessed to have in my own companion garden!