Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Creation's Classroom

We walked home on a new and exciting mission!
To pack up our school stuff and head back to the lake!
Excited chatter!

I asked the girls to head to the garden and find some flowers -
they were happy to oblige!

Meanwhile, I ransacked the pantry for little bits of things
and tossed them in a jar and stirred tart and sweet together to make some yummy lemonade.

Always one to grab an opportunity for beauty -
I gathered a cloth, tea kettle, cups, a garland for serendipity and books!

Snacks made a great teaching moment for patterns!

Little feet made contact with the flower jar several times -
then I admired the little feet and hands!

Samuel enjoyed his "coffee" - as he put it! Thinking of seeing my Dad drinking coffee!

These moments are sweet and heady - this is the stuff wonderful memories are made of.
I hope and pray - these are the things that make up a sweet and happy childhood.
This is the precious side of life.

A morning in Creation's classroom - it was wonderful!


Julie said...

This is so beautiful I'm left speechless. Thank you for making my day.

Tasha said...

Perfect! What great memories you are making for your sweet children. I am so loving your blog!

*carrie* said...


Your efforts always amaze me!

Those flowers are gorgeous!

Wendi said...

How great that you can embrace the moment. You are certainly making great memories.

Teri Selbher said...

Such a sweet posting. Thank you for the reminder to find and create beauty every day.

Where do you find your speckled dinnerware?

Flannel Jammies Farm said...

So inspiring! A little blessing sprinkled in my path today... thank you!

Simple Life said...

What great memories you create for your family! Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

wonderfully inspiring. I'm homeschooling children of similar ages. Now I'm thinking we should go do school at a park!

Mom said...

Absolutely lovely! This looks like something from a magazine! I love how you use your resources to create beautiful and special moments with your family! What special memories :) Love you, Mom

Elise said...

Love it, Monica!!

~katie~ said...

Just lovely, Monica!!

Carrie said...

I love it!

LynnMarie said...

OH MAN I wish you had been my mother! I would have loved to have school by the lake and had such a lovery snack. What a great memory.

Blissful & Domestic said...

what a fun day to spend learning by the water. how beautiful and fun that must have been for your little ones.

Angelia said...

Lovely! I pray that everyday will be as lovely as this day.

Unknown said...

I love it! You always make each moment special for your kiddos and it inspires me ;-)

Pioneer Beauty said...

Dear Monica,

What a beautiful post..I have to say in picture #3 the Chubby Little Toes..Out-shined the Flowers in the Jar.. :) Now who wouldn't want to Homeschool On the Water front...Very Beautiful and Sweet..may that be one of the Everlasting memories in your Children's Hearts and Minds..
In Christ

Jill said...

What wonderful pics! I love this! Can't believe how fast your "baby" boy is growing!

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Tommie Jo said...

Such cute babies! Sounds like y'all had a great time!

angie said...

Oh, to have a lovely lake within walking distance of your home.
When do you think more learning took place--
during your littles exploration of the lake and surrounding nature
during the more formal instructional time??
I bet it is a close tie. So much to be learned from God's amazing creations.

petrii said...

I love all the sweet moments that you share with us here. It helps to calm and bring peace to chaotic situations, and it also brings sweet memories to my heart. I remember moments that this with my "baby", who is now a Senior in High School.

Thank you for sharing such precious times and tiny feet with us =)

Have a Blessed day,

flyonthewall said...

Okay, Mom, pull out that grade book and give yourself a big gold star! What a wonderful way to educate your children... with creativity, patience, and love, love, love! This is a wonderful reminder to me to "eat up" every moment of these last four years remaining in our own homeschooling experience before my youngest graduates - all too soon! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Monica, for sharing these lovely photos. What a gift to enjoy everyday moments with your kids. How wonderful that you make the "everyday" special. I'm sure your children will remember these happy advenutes when they grow up!

Kim from Philadelphia

sherry said...

what a perfectly lovely spot for school! i remember when my daughter was young - we'd pack up her school books and such, heading for the park (her favorite place). at home, independent reading was best done up in the big front tree. she was a regular little monkey, effortlessly climbing to her favored place. :o)

she graduated 3 years ago. wish i could do it all over again. your pictures offered sweet memories. thank you.