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On Michaelmas, we started a fresh school year.  We started off slowly and have now fallen into a nice rhythm again.  It has been a welcome occupation for everyone.  In slackening off out of consideration of our two Bulgarians, we lost our direction, became rudderless.  In the end, the lack of routine wasn’t actually doing any good for the two we were trying to help.  Live and learn, I suppose. 

The night before, we prepared first day of school gifts and laid them out so that the children would find them in their places in the morning.  We filled some silver lunchboxes with school supplies and a couple of treats.

After breakfast, Brian gave a blessing for our school year, as he always does.  How lovely it is to have a resident deacon!

It was a bit disappointing to have to use the dining room as our learning space again this year,  It makes it so much more difficult to be ready to welcome guests.  Ah, well…  It’s authentically us, right where we are today.  Come on in anyway.

We start each day with the daily readings from the Mass and incense, then right on to our main lesson.  After twenty years of homeschooling, I have abandoned clever ‘circle time’ poems and embraced a style of gathering that is more in-keeping with our faith.  It has freed me, and relieved my anxiety. 

And this year, I think that I have finally settled into a (self-designed) curriculum that will see us through the next 15 years or so.  It was conceived in such a way that I can teach all of my kids, regardless of developmental level, using largely the same material and at the same time.  It is a huge time and sanity saver.  I’ll spend the next three years putting it to paper as we go, and then, perhaps, I’ll share it.

More than anything, I cherish watching my children work together, help each other, love each other.  What a magnificent gift to be the mother of so many. 

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

 

 How is your school year going?

Elder Brothers

Spending childhood with an elder brother is the best practice you can get to master the sport called life. – Unknown

©Nissa Gadbois

 

Growing

Our family is growing again!  This time to include a new son.  Our oldest daughter is engaged to be married to a wonderful young man whom we have known for many years.  We are so blessed to be granted the grace of watching them plan a holy marriage together.  We hope that it will also be one blessed with strength and joy.

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa GadboisBrian blesses the newly engaged couple.

October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – LM Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

©Nissa Gadbois

I have deactivated my FB account, and I am blissfully ignorant of the drama swirling around outside of my little world.  Here I am, teaching and cultivating love and peace right where I am.  The world can do what it will.

If you would like to join me here, you are most welcome.  Comments are moderated.  If you would like to email me, you may. If you want to leave a prayer request to be added to our prayer wall, there is a link there in the sidebar.

Here’s hoping that your October is as beautiful as ours is this year.  I wish you peace and all good things.

She Blooms

The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms – Angelus Silesius
Rosa Rugosa | ©Nissa Gadbois
 

This beauty was overlooked on our farm up until this year.  But the goats noticed her before I did.  I’m horrified at what they’ve done to the lower half of her.  She is a venerable shrub – rather enormous.  Once she has done blooming, I will make some cuttings and give her children pride of place in our gardens.  Not only is this Rosa Rugosa a beautiful thing, it is also a very useful culinary plant.  You can make so much from the petals, but also from the great big hips that come at the end of the season.  You can make everything from an elegant syrup to a luscious dressing for poultry.

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