March 6, 2013
(The pictures are from our papacy lapbook, which is going very well. I'm so glad we're doing it! )
Outside My Window
We had two and a quarter inches of rain last night and another quarter inch during the day. We also had hail, sleet and a little bit of snow. Sometimes we’d look at the window and say, “wow, look at that... precipitation!” because it was hard to tell what was falling from the sky.
I am Listening to
The crackling of the wood burning stove as the metal cools. I like having fires in the evening.
I am so Grateful for
Oh, many things! The chance to visit with a friend and pray the Stations of the Cross with them on Friday, the kids’ opportunity to spend some time with their grandmother up in the snow over the weekend, being able to watch Pope Emeritus Benedict’s last day as Pope over the internet, getting together with family for dinner on Saturday, celebrating my father-in-law’s birthday tonight... really, there is so much I am grateful for in my life!
I am Pondering
“I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth. But I would still—with my heart, with my love, with my prayers, with my reflection, and with all my inner strength—like to work for the common good and the Good of the Church and of humanity. “ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, from the balcony of Castel Gandolfo on February 28th.
Still reading lots of books, but I thought I would mention one in particular. Yesterday evening I read Habemus Papam! A graphic novel written in the Manga style about the life of Joseph Ratzinger. I’ve never read a graphic novel before, and I’m not particularly attracted to that format, but this one was wonderful. The book is engaging, gently humorous, and makes good use of the format to tell the story. I was so impressed.
I am Thinking
There has got to be at least on other family in this county who doesn’t think it is crazy/unnecessary/downright strange to read Shakespeare with their children. Right? Maybe? And if there is, how do I go about finding them? How would someone find me?
I am Creating
Hmm... not much progress on anything. I have worked on my knitted headband, but the pace is rather glacial. I think I managed to knot one decade on my Rosary...
Towards a Real Education
The kids are really enjoying Much Ado About Nothing. The boys have (affectionately, I assure you) nicknamed it, “Nothin’ to do about Mutton”. We have been listening to the two scenes where Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into thinking each is in love with the other, then we watched that scene in Kenneth Branagh’s version of the play. The whole thing isn’t appropriate for children, but some scenes are perfectly acceptable. I love the joyous exultation the actors show as they decide to love one another. The two older kids understood the language, laughed at the jokes, and greatly enjoyed the experience. Emma acted out the scene with Beatrice, Ursula and Hero in Lego this evening - quite amusing. Children can love the language of Shakespeare and they can “get it”! And why would I want to save this for high school, when they can enjoy and savor it now? And in high school they can take their familiarity with the stories and run with it, diving deeper into the language and all the allusions and poetry Shakespeare has to offer.
Towards Rhythm and Beauty
Ah, starting at 8 am is a challenge. Some days are better than others. But all in all, we’re doing well and making good adjustments when we need to start a little later. I’m skipping singing too often though. That’s always the first thing that goes in my schedule.
To Live the Liturgical Year
Ah, Lent. We’re still moving right along in our various observances.
I am Hoping and Praying
For the Cardinals, as they gather in Rome.
From the Kitchen
I was thinking about Sarah’s comment about oatmeal on my last post, and it made me thing about why we eat oatmeal so often during Lent. We don’t pick oatmeal for breakfast as a sort of “ok, lets make ourselves suffer by having to eat something we don’t like much more frequently”. Instead we eat oatmeal because it is cheap, filling, and easy. It gives me more time in the morning for prayer, and gives us some money that we save to donate at Easter to the charity of our choice. Every oatmeal day sees another dollar in the box, and every simple supper puts in two more dollars. We had seventy some-odd dollars last year, and I think we’ll have more this year. There is a discipline in eating something more frequently though, even if it is something I like. I think it is excellent training for my will, to help me to as I ought and not just as I feel in all manner of things.
A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week
Yesterday was our marathon out of the house day - science lab class, dentist appointments, and religious education. I taught a class too, and the sum total of that day made me want to hide in a cave for the rest of the evening. Instead I made it through dinner and prayer and read-alouds and bedtime then immersed myself in Habemus Papam. Today was a little birthday celebration for my father-in-law, and on Friday we’ll be heading to my parents’ so they can take care of the kids while Matt and I celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. This will be the first night I’ve spent away from Justin, and only the second time I’ve been away overnight from the other kids (excluding births!) We’re looking forward to it, but I’m also wondering how Justin will do overnight. At least I won’t be too far away if it really isn’t working!