Wow! Can I roll one visit into these categories? Art of Blogging, Friends, Fieldtrips, Catholic Living, Homeschooling, Hospitality, etc.??
This week we took a much-planned for trip to Pinewood Castle. This trip has been cancelled in the past, so I was glad to finally make it. What an inspiring time I had (not to mention the kids, too!).
I'm still trying to put into words how I felt after leaving. (Well, actually I felt horrible and just found out that I have strep throat, so I'm still feeling guilt about exposing Tracy's family to strep!). Anyway, being around Tracy really gave me some motivation and incentive to live out my vocation in a fuller and richer context, especially with homeschooling and family life. Their family is so kind to one another, they speak softly and live very purposely.
I think the main blessing I received from my time with Tracy is the awareness of establishing a routine in the day and week. Their family really embraces the "learning as living" concept (with regards to the Alphabet Path, nature walks, weekly Saints study, etc.). I am so excited to get back into a learning routine here. Yesterday I wrote a new scripture on the chalkboard for us all to learn (especially the youngers ones):
Pay attention, my child, to what I say. Listen carefully. -Proverbs 4:20-21 (We seem to have the need to concentrate on listening skills around here lately).
And the nature walk! Wow, I learned so much and so did the kids! I took some amazing pictures. Tracy shared with me how since leaving the big city she and the kids have been forced to concentrate on the smaller (richer?) things... like the wildflowers on a their neighborhood path.
Speaking of building good habits, I need to spend more time developing them with the kids. Today looks like a rainy day, so there's no time like the present! Here are some pictures before I leave:
Eating a delicious lunch... complete with fresh-picked strawberries and blueberries!
Babies having fun!
Our lunch- is this straight out of a magazine or what? She had salads sprinkled with toasted almonds, blueberries, mozzarella cheese and a homemade vinaigrette. We also feasted on bowls of berries and the famous backup sandwich, PB&J!
(Notice the Mary garden in the background?)
I have more pictures from our nature walk, but will post those later.
Thanks again for the visit Tracy, it was heavenly!