Things have been hopping too quickly around here, in my little world, for me to read about what is happening in the big world. Even if I had kept up with reading news recently, who's to say I would understand what has happened? The economic world is complex.
Our friend over at Bruggie Tales has distilled and explained it all in terms even I can understand. Be sure to read Beware! There Be Rocks Ahead!
that with her ten children, accidents always happened in groups of threes. We've met the criteria. Nothing major but hopefully we're done. Kevin sprained his ankle playing basketball last weekend. (It's fine now but was sore and swollen for a few days.) Maria fell out of the tree and Regina fractured her thumb. I declare us done for this round.
Maria fell out of a low, ornamental tree she was climbing on Sunday. Many times yesterday she gasped as she noticed her scraped up leg. "Mom!", she would exclaim in shock, "what happened to me?!" I'd tell her she scraped her leg falling out of the tree. "Oh, poor, poor thing." she would croon sympathetically.
Years ago, on the old Catholic Charlotte Mason email loop, someone posted the idea of having tea times with your children. The idea was to have some kind of theme or planned reading to go with it. It sounded lovely but I figured there was no way my boys would go for tea time. I was wrong. They don't drink tea, but we bake a nice snack to go with it and they're all about tea time.
We tried it a few times last year and this year we plan to have tea time on Fridays when the big boys arrive home from Saint Augustine's classes. We will use the Program for Achieving Character Education as a framework for discussing a virtue each month. The program includes suggestions for Bible reading, stories that illustrate the virtue and discussion questions. We look up what the catechism has to say about it as well.
This month we are discussing self discipline. The children all quickly grasp the need for it and it's value, but like most of us, they find it difficult to implement. I tell them we're in this together and together we'll all move forward in the virtues.
It is horrifying to think that we live in a country that sees no value
in caring for the children who are born needing more. More attention,
more prayer, more time and more love. Abortion is horrible enough but
this practice of singling out specific people to exterminate is no less
than genocide and makes the proponents of such practices no better than
any mass murderer who has existed in history. Where will it end?