Thursday, June 16
Wednesday, June 15
Oh, there are no words to express the goodness of this earth that nourishes growing things. The fact that dry seeds come to life and produce food and beauty that sustain us is truly good. I've been pondering the miracle of growth often lately as I wonder through my garden and watch my four boys who are growing like weeds.
Yes, this creation is very good.
Posted by Watkins at 2:30 AM
Monday, June 13
Yesterday was St. Barnabas' feast day. We didn't celebrate last night as I simply didn't have time to think it through. But today I made some marscapone brownies and Jonah read to us about St. Barnabas while the rest of us drew cupcake toppers of St. Barnabas after dinner. Isaac and Rowan really liked that he is often depicted on or beside a small stack of stones and there ended up being stones everywhere. If nothing else, I don't think they'll forget how he was martyred anytime soon. Here's hoping we all remember to be follow his example in building the kingdom and encouraging others as well!
Posted by Watkins at 2:21 AM
Friday, May 20
I was so excited to be part of the Pentecost celebration at church Sunday. I had made white clay doves (cookie cutter type) and written the fruits of the spirit on them. They had a hole to string red balloons through. Someone else made red hand kites for the kids and we bought a couple cakes. It was the first time these things had been done at our church (as far as I know) and I was really excited to celebrate together. But alas, we ended up with a nasty little virus and decided it was best for everyone to stay home on Sunday.
So I'm grateful for a week of red at home. I hung banners Monday and got out our shoe box of decorations and we will enjoy them through the week. Here is a glimpse of our Pentecost celebration. How are you celebrating?
|The boys painted the red paper like flames on the banner across the door. The banner hanging behind it is from my mom's stash of Red fabrics.|
|This banner was our Saints and Seasons group project earlier in the month. We each brought a yard of red fabric and cut it into strips. We then tossed all the fabrics in a pile and tied them on twine to make banners.|
|While Isaac and I drew the other day I made lunch box notes for the older boys.|
|And we had Red Velvet cheesecake cupcakes. My boys insist on calling them Pentecost muffins, but there is nothing muffiny about them - they are definitely dessert! The cupcakes are from this recipe and have my very favorite frosting - a whipped cream cheese frosting, which is so light and delicious (I half the sugar).|
Friday, May 6
|The sheep skin is for a reading nook that I hope to make more inviting over time. Our rugs are under the 'observer chair' and need a box or basket to live in. Yes, still more to be done.|
|This is the view of the other side of the room.|
|This is the hallway outside the classroom.|
|We use the hallway space as storage for feast items, extra matzo, teacher books, extra supplies, seasonal items, etc. It saves space and decreases clutter in the room.|
And here is the room in action. It always feels a bit lonely without the children. There is such a sense of joy sitting and being present while they go about their work.
|The yellow lantern is for our birthday song, which I'd love to share at some point.|
Posted by Watkins at 3:07 AM
Tuesday, March 29
Happy Easter! We told our boys (who were super excited to look for their Easter baskets) that they could wake every one in the morning by yelling "Alleluia!" What a lovely way to wake up in Easter morn! I'm hoping this is a new tradition (though I wouldn't complain if they wanted to sleep in a bit later.)
Posted by Watkins at 6:06 PM
Saturday, March 26
Some young moms in our church have started a group called "Saints and Seasons." We met once in the fall to make a circle of the church year. We're now meeting each month to talk about another Saint or season in the church year and make something to inspire our celebrations at home. In February we met to talk about Saint Valentine and made heart garlands. And in March we wanted to do something for Holy Week. We decided to focus on the passover meal.
After some serious browsing of pinterest we settled on making story rocks of the symbolic foods of the passover meal. We had found this pin on pinterest and I relied heavily on these images for my rocks. Some of us used paint pens and spray fixative; others cut out and mod podged images found online.
Here are the foods we put on the rocks and a simple explanation for each one.
The shank bone reminds us of the slain lamb whose blood painted the door frames of the Israelite people.
The bitter leaf reminds us of how life in bondage is bitter.
Charoset (mixture of apple, nuts and cinnamon) reminds us of the mortar used by the Israelite slaves.
Parsley reminds us of hope. It is dipped in salt water to remind us of the bitterness of slavery.
The Bitter Herb (horseradish) reminds us of the bitterness of slavery.
The egg reminds us of new life.
The wine is toasted at the passover meal to remind us of Joy.
The matzo is unleavened bread to remind us of the Isrealites hurry as they left Egypt.
|Isaac wanted to match the rocks to the foods on the passover plate in the book Company's Coming.|
Here are some rocks others made to inspire you should you want to make some. Thank you to my dear friends for letting me photograph their stones and share them here!
Posted by Watkins at 7:34 PM