Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Mother's Heart

For the past few months I have been pondering the sorrows of our Blessed Mother.  Today I came across a response to why the Sacred Heart image of our Blessed Mother and Jesus are not crazy...there is rich symbolism there to draw you in to their immaculate hearts.

Currently there are several friends from college that are expecting a baby at any moment.  I am so happy for them and joyful that in a few weeks time they will all be welcoming a new baby into their families.  A year ago I probably would not have commented I was joyful.  My heart has been filled with sorrow after losing our son, Christopher in-utero due to a cord injury.  HE was perfect, beautiful, and we had so many hopes and dreams for him in our world.  I was in disbelief for days after breaking the news to his four adoring siblings and to witness his funeral mass and burial.  HE opened my heart to feel sorrow.  HE mended it with the help of our Mother in heaven.

Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love--- sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.


If you love entering blog giveaways...this is worthwhile the entry.  Montessori Print Shop is celebrating their birthday with many giveaways.  Check what I am trying to win (my lucky streak might allow me to win another fabulous prize).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I'm a winner!

Thank you to Jessie and Montessori Print Shop for the wonderful addition to our school shelves.

It has been too long that I haven't made Montessori materials. For the past five years I have collected, purchased, and made many works for our shelves. I am excited to have an easy out. Montessori Print Shop has a wonderful product line. I have downloaded many works to the iPad and use them with Trumpet instead of printing and laminating. Now we are getting some upgrades with this new and FREE set of miscellaneous materials.

Thank you for keeping me motivated on our Montessori journey, Trumpet is beginning the pink reading series and Sprout is just beginning many areas. Our girls always return to their Montessori lessons by leading their brothers. Tulip is using her shelf items during breaks from her school work and Daisy just began cursive...back to the salt tray. She requested coffee grinds, but I also use sand or salt to change out the texture of our trays.

New year for our sprouts

Its now 2012 and I have neglected to keep this blog going. Sorry, so much organization has taken place, schooling is in full swing and then...we were off to vacation and the holidays flew by.

This month Daisy started attending our local homeschool co-op for art. She is learning art history and how to use different mediums in her art works. This is a wonderful opportunity for her to explore art without my influence. She is beginning a Picasso study this week. Her teacher is well prepared and has handouts and questions for her to complete. Homework! Her first homework and a need for a folder and bag to carry things home. She is excited! I'll be heading to the library for support materials and she can 'study' the prints and really learn on her own (the IPad has been a useful tool for prints). We are moving on from Mommy it's a Renior series. She has already shared with me about Rousseau learning how to paint on his own. What a motivator for her to know that not everyone needs a teacher to learn...experimenting and learning independently using the talent God gave you.