Week in Review
I highly recommend taking a week off from homeschooling in February. It makes the longest-shortest month of the year much more endurable! Even though we've been seeing signs of spring all around, the days have been all winter and filled with rain or fog.
My husband and I spent a couple of nights in Tahoe for our anniversary and it snowed and snowed and snowed on our way up and through the first night.
Brrr! The next morning, we woke up to snow covered trees and a gorgeous sunrise. We had a snowmobile tour planned for the day of our anniversary and it was gorgeous until we hit the peak of the mountain we were climbing at 9000 ft. By then, it had begun to storm again and all I could think of was the insanely cold weather that was so vividly depicted in many of the Jack London stories I had read in high school. On the ride home my husband heard all about To Build a Fire. Good stories stick with you over the decades!
At home, the kids and I are thrilled about the signs of spring that we are seeing and the increasingly warmer days. Almonds, apricots, and plums are blooming all around us and birds are stopping by our yard to pick up sticks for nest building. On a whim, we made a small resurrection garden and I wrote about it here.
Last week, I wrote about how westudy art history in our homeschool. It's amazing how in just a few minutes a week, we cover so much beautiful art! This week, I wrote about homeschooling on autopilot and I shared how we built a resurrection garden.
My kids have been obsessed with these DK Smithsonian visual encyclopedias that I picked up from Costco last year. They are trying to figure out the body language of our cat from the Picturepedia and they are wondering at the animals in the Animal Book. These books kept my nonreader busy during a 90+ minute wedding mass last week!
I just finished Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. (It's free as an eBook!) I know a lot of readers don't love Fanny Price or the resolution of the story, but I think she is believable and I have to admire how she stuck to her convictions in a situation where the people that she admired the most were encouraging her to compromise.
Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with ever fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
--CS Lewis Mere Christianity
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