If you've been with me awhile you know that I'm a seasonal blogger and the warmer the weather the fewer the posts. This winter seems to have been an especially long one, making it even harder to contain us indoors. We hope you are enjoying your new season as well. Here's a bit of what we've been up...
What's on My Mind: Charlotte Mason, discussing how the knowledge gathering of children illuminates their knowledge of God, shares with us her experience of listening to a group of thirteen-year-old girls narrate after hearing an essay on and a number of poems by George Herbert for the first time:
I felt humbled before the children knowing myself incapable of such immediate and rapid apprehension of several pages of new matter including poems whose intention is by no means obvious.
If you've ever turned to your eight-year-old while puzzling over the Sunday crossword or rescued by a four-year-old as you flounder with tree identification, that quote might make you happy, too. Even better, because it really isn't about me (or her) Charlotte continues:
In such ways the great thoughts of great thinkers illuminate children and they grow in knowledge, chiefly the knowledge of God.
What's on the project table: Building a hot air balloon from The American Boy's Handy Book by Daniel Carter Beard. We hope she'll make her maiden voyage soon.
What we're listening to: "Hot Cross Buns" on violin and "Day Tripper" on guitar. Not at the same time, thankfully. Really, it's all sweet to a mom's ears.
What we're reading: Chick Days - An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatchlings to Laying Hens by Jenna Woginrich. Why stop at eggs - even our books are locally grown as Storey Publishing is just up the road (they published Clare Walker Leslie's Keeping a Nature Journal as well as her others which we adore). A fun and practical book that gives us the information we need with brilliant photographs from people that really love their chickens and know you will love yours as well.