Gratitude & Glories: {April & May}

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Hello dear friends! I certainly had no idea I’d take TWO months off from this little corner. Having friends over, house guests, a family wedding, graduating my FIRST baby *waaa!, and just trying to finish out our homeschool year strong lent for quiet on the blog front. I’m back, though, and inspired by my friend, Kim, and just refreshed from the first month or so of my summer Instagram break, I feel up to the challenge to share here a bit more. Here is a post to record and share what we’ve been up to this spring!

For April/May 2021

Looking out my window… despite one fluke night of freezing temperatures (where my procrastination on the garden came in handy…*wink,wink*), our weather has been GLORIOUS. Low humidity, 70’s & 80’s, sunshine, blue & white fluffy skies, and enough rain for a brilliant green carpet. Wisconsin is a delightful state, minus February. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am thinking…ย about a lovely generous gift from an online friend. I was able to attend Art History classes and discussions via Zoom the last four weeks. We finished last night and I really enjoyed them! Check out Rachel Magdalen Drennen’s site here to enjoy her beautiful work and look at her upcoming classes.

I am thankful…ย for the anticipation each night as I lay my head on my pillow for my morning prayer time with coffee, Bible, journal, and books.

One of my favorite things… our “teepee” trellis that we are attempting this year. My oldest son and I made it out of tree branches, beans, morning glories, and cucumber plants. Hopefully, the plants will grow up the strings and branches to create a fun canopy for my children to play in! ๐Ÿ™‚ I keep you updated on it’s progress.

I am wearing… I’ve been wearing gardening clothing for this past week, but I’m so excited to wear my a new black & white striped skirt and soft black t-shirt I picked up thrifting as well as my other skirts (I’m not much of a shorts gal). Also my new copper colored Carhartt overalls which I used some gift money to finally get. I just roll up the bottoms and wear with a fun shirt, different shoes, and earrings.

I am creating…ย I’ve been writing some cards for pen pals, writing faithfully in my gratitude/prayer journal, and I started a new project inspired by Celeste from Joyous Lessons and The CMEC. I was delighted in April to get away with some other Charlotte Mason moms and I got to listen to some of these sessions. Anyway, I was so inspired, I’ve started a combo journal for pre-reading my older children’s school books this summer, quotes, and nature sketches. I’ve already begun and I’m loving it SO much. It makes me a wee bit nervous to see how much reading I’ve set up for myself, but I really think it will help narrations and discussions in the autumn when school starts up. I may share some photos of this journal. I didn’t write ANYTHING on my fiction project in May. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I did get some words down in April, but my goal would be to hit 20,000 words by the end of June. Hold me to it, would you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am watching…some Youtube random things. I hope to watch the new Little Women movie soon with my daughters. Have you seen it? Is it good? Anything fantastic you’ve watched recently? I honestly don’t watch a ton, because my gigantic bookstacks call me so loudly!

I am reading… I read a lot in April and May, to my kids and for myself! We loved reading Petook together for Easter and a favorite around Mother’s Day is My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. The Enola Holmes Series was a fun Middle Grade read for me, albeit a letter in the last book irritated me so much! HA! I reread Emily Climbs and Jane of Lantern Hill by dear L.M. Montgomery and sigh. LOVE. My favorite non-fiction reads were Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson, and Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now by Greg Boyd. All three are full of lovely ideas and encouragement! I started a Middle Grade Harry Potter-ish series called Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo. So far, the second book has been my favorite! Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer is a very lovely, creative fantasy for my fellow speculative fiction readers. In the Holy Bible, I’ve worked through the end of Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Luke, John, and now into Acts, too. I’m attempting a Charles Dickens Project and I’m hoping to read all 15 of his novels. I’ve only read Bleak House as A Christmas Carol is considered a novella. No time frame, just to keep up constantly till I’m finished. So far I’m reading Great Expectations with my oldest two over the summer, slowly Martin Chuzzlewit, and I have to read David Copperfield for our Charlotte Mason Highschool Literature class I’m facilitating this autumn.

I am listening to… not much! I do listen to BTS kpop HA! when doing dishes occasionally and I’ve loved this song lately to meditate on.

I am hoping…to write more this month. I’m planning weekly word count goals. Just to keep moving forward. I have two writing friends who I check in with on Voxer and I have a monthly Zoom writing group to help. I have quite a few things to do for my daughter’s graduation party in August, so need to keep moving on those plans. I was so inspired by this post by Kourtney here and am thinking of incorporating this with my writing and journaling.

In the garden…ย hoping to go to an Amish greenhouse soon to round out some things I’d like to add. I have some seeds to get in the ground, too. I’m definitely moving slow getting things in, but am excited! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am learning…ย to rest when I need too and not to hide or binge on things when I’m feeling misunderstood, exhausted, or overwhelmed. I tend to overeat, over consume media, or spend money INSTEAD of dealing with things or just getting sleep. I really need to grow in this area.

Wood Anemone – early spring nature adventures!

In the homeschool room…ย we’ve officially closed the books on 2020/2021 Willow Tree Academy! WOOHOO! My first graduate, too! Overall, it was a great year. I’m starting planning already for next because I’m more realistic right after we’ve finished. We have two read alouds to finish this summer and we will be continuing The Chronicles of Narnia reread.

Shared Quote

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This is the road of self-indulgence, and whenever we have to justify anything we do to ourselves by saying, ‘There’s no harm in it,’ we may be pretty sure we are on the downward grade.

Charlotte Mason, Volume 6, Book 1, p. 194

Some moments from my day {month}...

We made maple syrup this year for the first time!
My oldest son worked so hard! It was a long process, but a lot of fun.

19 thoughts on “Gratitude & Glories: {April & May}

  1. Hey there. Iโ€™m so glad to find your โ€œlittle space.โ€ We also graduated a son this May, our 4th!! These graduation years always have so many breathtaking changes.
    Anyway, I saw where you were facilitating a CM high school lit class. I am super curious about this and would love to know more about what you are doing. I would like to do this with my rising 9th grader

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    1. Hi Angelina! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for chatting. I’m apart of a Charlotte Mason community group and basically, I assign readings to the HS/Jr.Highers and then we discuss when we meet. They share a commonplace entry (just a quote or two) that they loved from the readings, too. That’s it! Simple and sweet. It’s been AMAZING. We did Twain’s Prince & The Pauper this past year and I so enjoyed it.

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  2. Such joy! Graduations are bittersweet…Iโ€™m so not ready. ๐Ÿ˜ญ What I love about blogging about our days is how we see clearly see the beauty as we look back even if we donโ€™t always realize it in the moment. We see how full we are and have been living.

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  3. Happy to hear how you’re doing, Amy. Congratulations on all the recent accomplishments! I look forward to checking in throughout the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Love the maple syrup making , your reading intake, your overalls๐Ÿ˜ On my list!๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ
    It was wonderful hearing your comments in the Art History class. Thanks for your investment of time; I hope it pays off. The content seemed very pertinent to writing!

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    1. Yes, it was so fun to FINALLY try maple syrup! Of course, Noah did most of the work ;), I just kept the fire going occasionally. And YES, the class was SUCH a blessing! And you’re right about so inspiring for writing! โค I wish we could chat more about that!

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  5. Congratulations on your graduate! What an accomplishment! ๐Ÿ™‚

    There are so many delicious things in this post and it’s hard to know where to start. But I’ve also been wearing mostly gardening clothes, ha! Your trellis sounds awesome, I hope it works out beautifully. I’m glad you got to get away with some other CM moms – what a delight!

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  6. Such a great feeling when your first graduates. I think I stopped worrying about a lot of things after that; having the perspective of looking back and seeing that we got there after all!
    Now I’m onto my last it’s a different kind of worry – that’s not a good word but I can’t think of how else to put it – thinking about keeping up the momentum and giving her the best. I don’t want to get too relaxed!!
    Love your book lists and thoughts here, Amy. X

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