The Beginning of Holy Week

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.  (Mattheew 11.28-30)

The homeschooling world is speeding ahead toward Easter.  Pinterest is awash in pastels + bunnies!  And if we’re going to be ready when the day arrives, we need to plan ahead, we need to prepare.  But maybe what we need more is just to linger here a few more days.  Maybe your Lenten disciplines have fallen away.  Maybe the business of school + home are pressing in.

Rest and reflect before Easter

Here are a few ways to begin even now to remember, to observe this season:

April’s coming soon enough.  There’s an amazing bundle sale on books for virtual assistants happening during Easter Week.  And I’ll be posting next week with resources for Poetry Month–a whole month of poems!  There will even be a giveaway at the end of the month!

But for these next few days keep company with Jesus.

 

Celebrating the Annunciation

I feel like I say this quite often, but the Feast of the Annunciation really is one of my favorite feasts of the year.  It’s a celebration of the Incarnation–God coming right down into time and becoming human.  This feast roots the wonder of Christmas in tangible terms.  The Annunciation is the beginning of Mary’s pregnancy.  The word is made flesh.

easter egg

Here are a few links to coloring pages.  Maybe for a few moments today you and your children can sit together and work on these, to remember with our bodies the glory of time and redemption.

Be My Neighbor Day!

Today is March 20 and it’s time to celebrate Mister Rogers’ birthday! I don’t know if there is another person who has so influenced my life and my way of caring for children.  And there’s no better way to honor Mister Rogers than by being a caring neighbor.  Here are some ideas:

Share Your Photos

  • Smile
  • Plant a tree
  • Say “Thank You”
  • Sort and recycle glass, newspapers, plastic and cardboard
  • Give the gift of laughter: clip cartoons, share funny stories
  • Offer to take the shopping cart back for someone
  • Shop with reusable bags
  • Make a donation to your favorite non-profit
  • Save throw-aways (egg cartons, ribbons, etc.) for art projects
  • Share a hug
  • Be a good friend by just listening
  • Reuse cardboard boxes to store toys and supplies
  • Volunteer at a senior center
  • Pay someone a compliment
  • Visit your local library for story time, crafts, songs and games

So, put on your favorite sweater, the one that has a zipper, and sing my favorite song from the Neighborhood, “I’m Taking Care of You” to get you inspired.

p.s.  PBS finally made good on it’s promise to make more episodes available online…you can now enjoy 26 full episodes!

Lenten Prayers with Children

Simple prayers and responses from The Divine Hours in celebration of St Joseph’s Day!

Lenten Prayers with Children

Let us make a vow to the Lord our God and keep it; let all around him bring gifts to him who is worthy to be feared.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commandments.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come!  It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.  Be on your guard!”

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commandments.

You have put gladness in my heart, more than when grain and wine and oil increase.  I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commandments.

Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your heart.

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not stray from your commandments.

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring us again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever.  Amen