Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesdays with Words: Able to Contend




“Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.”
Francis Bacon, The Collected Works of Sir Francis Bacon

I don't remember where I read this one. I don't think I've shared it before for WwW. Someone reminded me of it because it was on GoodReads.

wise, witty, subtle, deep, grave, able to contend.

I like that.






Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesdays with Words: Again


It may be break week, but swamped ... some day I'll have a quote. I still want to read yours. Love ya'll!





Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Wednesdays with Words: Placeholder








Monday, April 03, 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook for April 3, 2017

For Today...



Looking out my window ... the grass is turning that lush springtime green.


I am thinking ... about too many things at once.


I am thankful ... for the Youth Rally that was held over the weekend at church. M-girl had a wonderful time and learned so much. She's really dragging today, though.


One of my favorite things ... luncheons at church - we at really well yesterday.


I am wearing ... jeans and the top in my profile picture. We're going to a play this afternoon: Anne of Green Gables.


I am creating ... soccer schedule charts. Always fun.


I am watching ... a play this afternoon. So exciting.


I am hoping ... I stay awake for the play. I chaperoned Friday night so I'm not at my best, either.

I took this full bag of work and did none of it! 

I am learning ... about consistent homeschooling.


In my kitchen ... let's not think about this, please.


In the school room ... we are finishing the last year of AmblesideOnline Year 5. Next week is Break Week.  Woo-hoo!


A moment from my day ... Saturday Night dinner was grilled burgers ... yum!


Closing Notes ... I'm so excited about the new Homeschool Consistency Boot Camp that's ramping up this week from Pam Barnhill. We ran the Beta in the fall and have added a ton of help and resources this spring. I get to work behind the scenes and with our participants via Facebook. It's such an exciting and helpful program. We'd love to have you join us!! (Full disclosure: I'm not an affiliate, but Pam pays me for work I do for her, so I get some benefit if you decide to purchase. Generally, that income pays for my kids' music classes and other extra curriculars.)




Linking up with The Simple Woman.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesdays with Words: For the Fruit


I chose this quote from the Kindred Conference because in many ways it summed up the overarching theme I heard there.


Both Cindy and Angelina presented this idea, although in very different ways.

The idea of a philosophy fits well with education - and with mothering as well.  Cindy's talks were about realistic family life and homeschooling. She talked about the pitfalls and beauties of this crazy, busy, overfilled life of the homeschool mom. She talked about rhythms and rests. At one point, she had us read one minute in the Bible. I read 16 verses in one minute. Then she talked about how on a daily basis, simply reading the Bible is better than worrying if we are doing it all right with pens and highlighters and Instagram. That daily steeping is so much more important in the life of a Christian.

Angelina, on the other hand, spoke of fairy tales and mythology and how both, in their own way, lay a groundwork for understanding the Gospel. Maybe not in the particulars, or the stories themselves, but in their structure and the atmosphere they create. These stories sink deeply into our souls, and as they do so, they give us a taste for the True Story: the Gospel that Jesus sacrificed himself for our sins, redeemed us from death, and will take us home to be with him.

Cindy made the statement, "Get philosophy straight, be faithful, trust in the Lord for the fruit." We don't have to explain all of these things to our children. We don't have to show how fairy tales exhibit either a princely redemption of his bride or a father reunited with his children. We don't have to force our children to submit to the gospel. These things are not our work. Our work is to tell the stories over and over, to present the types and the truth. We don't have to analyze to death. We have to read the Bible every day and let it wash over us.

Let the stories, and ultimately the Holy Spirit, do the work. Our work is small, we must be faithful in the small things.

I left so encouraged. I'm not building some sort of Utopia. I'm not building Dawn's kingdom. I'm a person, made in God's image, doing the tasks he has set before me. I don't have to do His work - I cannot, it is too heavy for me. His burden is easy and his yoke is light. He is the vine, I am a branch - just a connector for nourishment to pass to the fruit He is making. I can trust Him.

Get philosophy straight, be faithful, trust in the Lord for the fruit.






Monday, March 27, 2017

The Simple Woman's Daybook for March 27, 2017

For Today...



Looking out my window ... it's a dark night.


I am thinking ... about all the things from the weekend. There were a lot of them.


I am thankful ... that I got to go to the Kindred Conference with Cindy Rollins and Angelina Stanford. They were amazing. I got to drive with two wonderful ladies from church and that time was invaluable. That my dear friend, Heather, was able to come was icing on the cake.







One of my favorite things people ... Cindy Rollins. I needed to hear so many things she had to say. And, I got to hug her neck.



I am wearing ... black sweat pants, Buckeye shirt. Comfy day.


I am creating ... blog posts interviewing moms about hobbies.  The first is on Wednesday coming soon over at pambarnhill.com ... check it out!



I am reading ... Notes from a Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson. Can I just say that it is hitting me in the exact right spot.


I am hoping ... to work on disciplining myself when it comes to reading the word and getting my steps.


I am learning ... to take the small steps ... the ones I can handle and leave God's work to Him. I wish it weren't so hard.


In my kitchen ... my wonderful husband stopped and picked up makings for dinner, grilled it, and served it. I feel like I won the husband lottery for sure.


In the school room ... we muddled through a day when I hadn't pre-read and it went just fine. Here's to tomorrow.

Post Script ... Pam's post last week about why homeschool moms are inconsistent resonated with me, did you read it? What about you?

Shared Quote ... "Get philosophy straight, be faithful, trust in the Lord for the fruit." Cindy Rollins at the Kindred Conference.


A moment from my day ... soccer season has begun


Closing Notes: if you're on Instagram, have you seen the new @charlottemasonirl community? I'm honored to be a contributor and we've had some seriously helpful and motivating posts. Won't you consider following us and joining our weekly challenges? Tag your posts with #charlottemasonirl

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesdays with Words: Hedges and Fields


"Fields and hedges, hedges and fields? Peace and plenty, plenty and peace. However, it may seem dull, now that the grass is cut; but you would not have said so two months ago, when the fields were all golden-green with buttercups, and the whitethorn hedges like crested waves of snow."

Charles Kingsley, Madam How, Lady Why


Like last week, authority and boundaries lead to peace.

I wish I weren't so dense or incapable of putting that into practice.

I don't expect there will be an Our Weekly Amble post this week because I get to meet Cindy Rollins this weekend at CiRCE's Kindred Conference. If you didn't know, this linkup started on Cindy's old Ordo-Amoris blog and she kindly allowed me to take it over when she retired. I've longed to meet Cindy for years and years and am so excited to finally have the opportunity!!  I'll be traveling with two friends there all day Friday and home Saturday evening after the conference, so I won't be able to bemoan how this week has gone.  Not that you want to hear that anyway.

I hope to have some good Wednesdays with Words out of the weekend ... and I'm sure there'll be some overgramming as well. I'm very excited to visit with my friend Heather and meet a number of other virtual friends for the first time. I bought a new outfit so selfies won't be such anathema ;)