This is Mothering by "The Cheerio Trail"
Dear Parents of College Students by "The Cheerio Trail"
How to Overcome Overwhelm by "The Cheerio Trail"
Source: Open Bible
Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
John Milton. 1608–1674
318. On His Blindness
WHEN I consider how my light is spent
E're half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide,
Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, least he returning chide,
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny'd,
I fondly ask; But patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts, who best
Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best, his State
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o're Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and waite.
Staying Silent Says Nothing by "All Things Held Together"
Heal Our Land - Love Will Win by "All Things Held Together"
Harmony - Where Is It? - by "All Things Held Together"
Proof Doesn't Come From Me - by "All Things Held Together"
What To Do When Your Husband Isn't Your Spiritual Leader - by "All Things Held Together"
A Letter to My Husband - by "All Things Held Together"
A Lesson in Perspective - by "All Things Held Together"
A friend of ours lent me a book called "The One-Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukuoka. It is incredible. This is exactly "it" - our cultural problems, and our cultural solutions. (Oh, and also, maybe trusting the God that made us and our world?? But that's another post!) Mainly, this book refines my focus and purpose.
I love what is natural, because it is beautiful and simple, and each part works together in amazing, connected ways. I believe that God made everything to function together in just the right way - to be in balance, in harmony, and in peace. This book gives more detail on the 'hows' and 'whys' of this kind of philosophy, and how to actually put it into practice in an individual's life and local community. I think is is essential reading for anyone with this sort of interest.
On this same subject, our initial garden inspiration this year was the video "Back to Eden" by Paul Gautschi.
There are also some books by Ruth Stout, which I haven't read but seem to have the same philosophy.
Finally, the preface of "The One-Straw Revolution", written by Wendell Berry, mentions Sir Albert Howard as "the founder of the science of organic agriculture in the West".
We have spent the last year sorting and de-cluttering our home, trying to minimize what we have, and maximize the usefulness of what we keep. However, I feel like our baskets, shelves, and closets are so cluttered still! I feel like I spend so much time trying to organize and tidy up our things, and it is wearing me out. As we focus on our basement right now, I am beyond overwhelmed. We have worked so hard for so long, and it feels like we still have so far to go. We have so much that is neat, beautiful, useful, and good quality, both in our basement and throughout our home, and those are the hardest things to deal with.
I came across this blog today, Blonde on a Budget. It is very similar to our own values, and what we already do and/or strive to do. It is encouraging me to persevere and continue on.
Also, there is this blog: Becoming Minimalist
And this blog: The Minimalists
We are thankful to have three more or less dedicated homeschool rooms in our basement and I am working to set them up as an art room, a classroom, and a play room. Most of our home is set up for children anyway, with lots of toy shelves, small tables and chairs, accessible clothes drawers and hooks, and other accommodations to encourage the independence of small children. However, this year we are teaching grade three, preschool, and we have a crawling baby around, so instead of doing school work anywhere in the house, most of our time will be spent in those particular rooms. I'm sorting, rearranging, and organizing them into a more functional and efficient unit, so the little kids can be happily and independently occupied while I'm working with my daughter, and vice versa.
If you aren't familiar with Maria Montessori and her methods of working with young children, I recommend reading "A Montessori Mother" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. This book is a fairly quick read, and gives great ideas for applying Montessori principles to your home and family routines.
Here are some classrooms that I like from Pinterest.
Hi friends, and welcome to my new little blog. My main purpose is to record and share our humble life experience, as we homeschool, garden, and get to know God. As I research these things, I come across such interesting resources and wish I could keep track of them. I hope you enjoy them as well. <3
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:2-5