We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle
When I think of Tradition two things come to mind. First, the crafts-rituals-experiences each family repeats on a given holiday. And Second, the daily habits a family performs (intentionally or otherwise) that shape and reflect values. If I value a literacy rich environment, for example, it’s important that our daily habits reflect that value and thus it becomes Family Culture. I want our family culture to be excellent.Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
These are things that I want our lives to be marked by and the habits I want to graft in each month for the year of 2016. In the spirit of the new year I guess you could call them resolutions!
- Prayerfulness: In the hard and good moments I want to model prayer in front of my children. I want to pray with them when they receive discipline and are heartbroken (or not). And pray in front of them for myself when I mess up and scream and need to ask the Lord and them for forgiveness. I want to rejoice in a joyful moment unabashed.
- Minds renewed by the washing of the word: I want to read the bible together each morning discussing the gospel, memorizing scriptures and recalling them in hard times, and listen to good teaching together during down time. I admit these are already solid daily habits in our homes. Nevertheless I’d like to keep them that way!
- Giving: I want to be a giver of time, money, resources. Adults and children easily giving up the things that we have been so graciously given.
- Soft words: This one is for me mostly. Soft words for each other and all people.
- Technology minimalism: I’d like less TV, less phone, less internet, less entertainment etc! Technology should support or crafts, pursuits, and interest not suck out all of our time in mindless entertainment.
- Discipline: I want to be people that chose to do what is right and good instead of what feels good.
- Daily Autonomy: The family unit is a great joy and responsibility for all. However, each day I like to carve out time for my children to play independently from my help or concern. It’s important for them to create their own ideas and to govern their own explorations. It’s also an important time for me too. I need to sit and read for pleasure or work on a craft guilt free.
- Music: My husband is a gifted musician. I wan to make music with our friends and family.
- Dance: My degree is in dance but I don’t do it often. I’d like to make time to dance myself but mostly together in our dining room (like in the middle of this post my middle and I had a dance party to Adele- more of that.
- Travel: We like to explore nature and social studies together in new places.
- Hand crafting: We love making gifts for others in a time of sorrow or celebrating; sewing, painting, felting, drawing, film, etc.
- Nature exploration: Entails collecting, examining, documenting, hypothesizing, pressing, and watercoloring encounters with nature.
- Art: Our focus is on outdoor large scale projects, watercolor, observational drawing, sensory/ open-ended art.
- Literacy rich: Some of the main portions of our day involves storytelling, tons of reading, authoring and illustrating books together.
- Meal making: I’d like to cook meals together a few times each week and sit down together and linger!
- Construction: We like to create small worlds with blocks, play dough, loose parts etc., for dramatic play!
- Ongoing in-depth projects: Each day we try to have workspace and time-slot dedicated to self-directed months long projects!
- Beer brewing: My husband brews amazing beer. Why don’t we do this more??
- Farm living: We want to get outside and tend to our chickens, ride horses at Papa Hays, and volunteer at local gardens/farms.
music with friends and family
dancetravel explorationhand crafting for those in sorrow and celebration
nature (pressing)art workbeer brewingfarm living
May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨