Thursday, December 19, 2013
Lady of Guadeloupe and her apparition there. Most of the children were very familiar with the story so taking things a step further made for a great discussion. As a group, we prayed The Divine Mercy to remember the Lord's Passion and his unfathomable mercy toward us
Then we ate together and had a wonderful time visiting. Allison and I really enjoy the Cooking Club and have been privileged to spend time sharing our homes, skills and faith with these great kids.
For an early Christmas gift, Meg and Jon gave us "The Elf on the Shelf" Kit which contains the elf and a beautifully illustrated story to go with it. The Elf watches the family members during the day. At night he supposedly goes to the North pole to report to Santa how the children are behaving . It is during this time that he is hidden nightly somewhere in the house. In the morning, it is a lot of fun to find him and to see the creative ways he has been hidden.
Worth pondering is the marvelous good fortune some lucky family is experiencing after ingeniously marketing their very own family tradition. They must be millionaires because this fun game has really caught on with folks across the nation. It is a simple concept and a new tradition that can be enjoyed by each member of the family. The older ones hide him, a new and different place each night and the younger ones try to find him. I am wondering if there is anything fun that we do that could be worth a million bucks if marketed well!
Incidentally, The Sound of Music is based on a very true story and the book about "The Trapp Family Singers" ( something like that) is excellent. This family lived their Catholicism completely. Maria and the captain were blessed with more children to add to their brood and they all worked very hard to help the family. After touring the United States performing to earn their bread, they settled in Stowe, Vermont and bought hundreds of acres. The ski lodge has a fancy restaurant where we once had dinner with my parents, Grandma F. and my cousin, Geraldine.That evening, we met the very senior Maria von Trapp, perhaps an octogenarian by this time, as she walked around the dining room, introducing herself to each table. As a teen, we cross country skied at this resort with our neighbors and friends. The scenery was so beautiful! Larry and I have visited this rebuilt lodge ( a fire destroyed the original) when we went to Vermont a number of years ago.
Although, I think that only a small portion of this movie was actually filmed "Live", it was delightful to watch such an inspiring and heart-warming program with the kids as a special event.
I gave away only a few things that I had extras of or knew I would never need. With older kids in school, I thought that I might consider selling or donating many of my resources but I just am not ready to do that. I Love these books. I Love Homeschooling. "Do what you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." That's how I feel about Homeschooling. As I evaluate the results of homeschooling, I see young adults of fine character with excellent work ethics and a strong love for family.
I don't yet see folks who share my strong love for the Church, which was one of my goals, but I continue to pray about that and leave it all up to the Holy Spirit. The Lord's ways are far superior to our little plans and are a mystery. I don't know what the future holds, but I will continue to cherish these books which hold so many good memories for me.