sickness, weather, lenten quietude

March 24, 2017

In February, an awful cold virus was going around and took us all out one by one (perhaps it was going around where you live, too? The one with the residual cough that lasted for like three or four weeks). Ephraim had it the worst, making my gradual night-weaning attempts fly out the window (hello all night nursing sessions!) Poor baby. 

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Children and Beauty

January 18, 2017

Charlotte Mason says,

About the child hangs, as the atmosphere around a planet, the thought-environment he lives in. And here he derives those enduring ideas which express themselves as a life-long kinship towards things sordid or things lovely, things earthly or divine.

I think that “atmosphere” is made up of everything that surrounds the child: the actions, moods, routines, words, and yes, even the physical things. It’s easy to assume that the only material things that matter in the raising of our children is that their basic needs are met, and to think that their spiritual formation is somehow divorced from their surroundings. If we suffer from such thinking, we must admit to our Gnosticism! As persons, we are embodied; we are physical beings. 

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