Cultivating Traditions: April

With all the rain showers I can’t help but feel God’s grace pouring out over me. Maybe it’s because storms are my favorite weather or maybe because it’s a cleansing environment allotting depth in thought.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-6 (On dry days we can gather and fellowship with friends)

Either way, I’m energized and blessed by the time to slow down and examine our family life. We have a TWO new babies on the way (number 4 and 5!!! TWINS) so many aspects of our family life are slowing down as I get through the first part of pregnancy. And that’s OK! Really, busyness is not equal to success contrary to the push in our culture for more, more, MORE!
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I admit I struggle with guilt when I don’t function at my normal level. I hate myself when we watch movies for weeks on end instead of read/project/play because I can’t stand up without feeling queasy. The momma guilt is strong during this season. I desire to do all of these beautiful things with my family but just cant for a while. The guilt I have reveals my heart. But with each pregnancy the Lord is teaching me more and more about how to lean on him, that my worth is in Him not my performance, and that a fulfilling family life is slow and meaningful. I “know” these things in my head but each passing year I am learning them at the heart level.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-17(The children are engaging mostly in independent play. And that’s O.K.)

It’s hard to admit to myself and others that I’m not awesome and that any good thing I do is because of His work in me. But admitting this and living this is the freedom of the gospel.

the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-12SO! All that being said this month I am focusing on my own relationship with the Lord. I am asking my children for forgiveness often as they see me at the weakest and crankiest time of life.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-24 We are watching movies as I try to work through morning sickness and guilt.the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-15We are getting outside some to hop around in puddles and pet animals with friends. Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetWe aren’t doing much “school”. But that’s the beauty of homeschool. Ebbing and flowing with the needs of the unit as it grows and changes. Nothing formal about it.

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨

Cultivating Traditions: March

Spring has sprung! What a truly special season it is! We can’t help but be outside. I can just feel our little school swelling with Charlotte Mason influence or maybe even a little forest school vibes?the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-3We’ve got two things on our mind as the simplicity and beauty of spring unfurls. Nature and books!

Outdoor Art:

Creating beautiful works under the warm sun.

chaMudlicious  mud-kitchen pies:
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the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-8 The best part of spring in Texas is the wild storms. Mud is in abundance and the bounty of mud play is unmatched!

mudTo see more on our mud-kitchen click here!

Parks and outings:

During this season we try to frequent as many parks as we can with friends and sack lunches on hand.

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the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-14And we try to pet as many little critters as we can while nature is booming!

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Ok this will always be a theme in our homeschool (check out building our family culture around books)

the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-3But spring is an especially rich season for book lovers! We love to linger over them outside under a tree with the breeze in our hair. We take them to the park with us. We read about creatures in nature that come to life as we imagine them all around us.

the humming room reggio inspired charlotte mason influenced nature and outdoor idea-21It’s hard not to romanticize spring! It’s effortless actually.

What’s your favorite family tradition when it comes to spring?

May we do all things to connect with and learn from each other ✨