Those summer haircuts have grown out and tomorrow begins a new school year. In Russia (and in our household) September 1st is known as Students' Day or Knowledge Day - День Знаний. Today marks the end of summer and tomorrow the beginning of fall in Russia as well as our little corner of the world. Though we won't have all the bell-ringing and ceremonies, it is a very big deal here as Luca begins 1st Grade.
Luca found this nest which had been blown out of our crabapple tree. We believe it had been used by White-breasted Nuthatch as the boys had found an egg casing under the tree earlier in the summer. Most exciting was that it was lined with the boys' hair from aforementioned haircuts!
One of the things that drew us to a Charlotte Mason education was the importance of Nature Study and all those hours in the fresh air. She tells us that It is infinitely well worth the mother's while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in the second place, to infuse into them, or rather, to cherish in them, the love of investigation. Vol. 1, p. 71
Quite honestly, the pains are mine alone to overcome when the pull is strong to stay indoors where I have the laundry to fold, the closets to organize or the computer work to attend or to distract. It is all cherishing as God has already given my children the love of investigation.
This is the necklace that hangs on the wall next to my computer screen. Inspired by some pony beads a friend had shown me I recently began making objects that visualize the importance of redeeming the time I have with my children (Ephesians 5: 14-17).
The silver box represents how my children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127). The blue beads are those first few precious years and the multi-colored beads show the school years. The multitude of brown beads represent the promise - that it may be well with my children for many years after they have left our nest (Ephesians 6:1-3).
No matter which hemisphere you are in, my prayer for you will be blessings and enjoyment of the new season and many, many hours in the out-of-doors!