Monday, May 23, 2016

Cloudy & Sring Rains

Maybe it's just a day for puddle pouncing and perhaps a balloon...

"That, Piglet, is a very good idea.  It is just what Eeyore wants to cheer him up.  Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon." ~ Winnie-the-Pooh, pg. 79

But it's true, right?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Joy in Learning Retreat

Wendy W.'s Trees & theme photo
The Joy in Learning Retreat in upper Wisconsin this past weekend was so encouraging!  We spent time learning and discussing many ideas about the Charlotte Mason Educational Philosophy.  I hope everyone is able to set aside some processing time this week. Read through that 'Short Synopsis' at the beginning of Mason's Volume 6, Towards a Philosophy of Education.  Notice again how the principles are cumulative and that it starts with Truth and ends with Truth.  The implications of that, as well as the the promise of grace that holds, is great.

It was such a lovely retreat! Wendy did a marvelous job bringing it all together didn't she? Thank you all for your presence and efforts toward a joyful weekend of learning. I hope you were all as encouraged and blessed as I was! Remember to keep studying together in your groups. Read those Principles & learn how to utilize those instruments of education: Atmosphere, Discipline & Life. Learning is progressive; we can only apply what we know - so keep going and you will begin to see differences in the Atmosphere of respectful learning, the Discipline of habits of the heart, the Life of meaningful relations & ideas - all underpinned by God's grace!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Monday Medittions

Rebellion to Grace ~ Hosea 11-14

Eyes turned
Toward distractions, fixed upon idols
Away from love unrecognized.

Healer, Provider, Protector
Affection, compassion - long suffering.
'For I am God and not man'
Eyes turned
Toward pride of self, contemptuous
Blind, the cry of guilt unheard.

Return, Strive, Speak
Hear the voices sent - for blessing.
'Judah is unruly against God'
Walk rightly
Return, acknowledge no other God
Discern, fashioned gods are unanswered.

Healing, Providing, Protecting
Grace, blessing and forgiveness - freely giving
'I will answer him and care for him'