Good March friends! It has been a while! This month the Dow family moved into another house! Talk about a busy three weeks! I am so grateful to be back with you all and back into a normal schedule. Getting back to calm makes me realize how much the routine and the same things every day actually bring peace. At times, I crave an out-of-the-blue, out-of-the-normal-routine, an exciting adventure, but honestly, it is not sustainable. The older I get the more I relish in the beauty of the dailiness of life.
I remember hearing a woman talk about this one time. She is a homeschooling mom, musician, and business owner. She told us about a day where was having a HARD time. Everything seemed to be in opposition to her and she was tiring of the daily grind. So, she went on a walk and prayed. She asked God “why did you create a world where we have to wash the dishes, sweep the floors, eat, and then sleep, every day, over and over again? As she walked, reflected, and listened she felt an answer in her spirit that said “because I thought you would love it.” Wow! I had never even considered such a notion. Was I supposed to be enjoying the dailiness of life? Are the day-to-day things that must be done something I ought to love? This stuck with me and I have often thought about it. The truth is I have not loved it and I still do not love it very much, but I am beginning to see that as a defect within myself, one that needs the redeeming touch of my Lord. This move has helped me see this even more clearly. It s the ebb and flow of normal life that is so invigorating. Sometimes that includes an over the top exciting adventure, but most of the time homeschooling, blogging, connecting with others, thinking, reading, studying, and keeping house is the real adventure. What about you? What part of your daily life needs to be celebrated?
I need to celebrate our move. It was exhausting! The biggest adjustment has been going from a schoolroom that was a redone 2 car garage to a no-school room house. Wow, we feel a bit on top of each other. Let’s just say there have been many opportunities for repentance. 😉 By the end of the first week I had sent my husband to reinstate our YMCA membership! Recess at the Y! All in all I love the house, I love being surrounded by nature, having a dishwasher, and a real fireplace. I love having my kids closer to me and the security of having a place to call home.
Here is what the family thinks of the new house.
And a few of my favorite spots around the house.
In other News…
We are still in the middle of our ‘Contemplating the Liberal Arts Series’ Our next post will focus on the liberal art of grammar. If you haven’t seen the series, here is a run down of the posts we have published so far.
Posts in the Series
And here are the posts coming up.
Logic & Rhetoric
How we Live & Teach the Trivium
Arithmetic & Geometry
Astronomy & Harmonics
A Super Simple Plan for Teaching Beginning Harmonics
I love learning with you all. Thank you for reading and being part of this community.
Expanding wisdom, extending grace,