Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Thankfully, I pulled an old volume of Miss Mason’s from my bookshelf just in time for her to impart much needed snippets of wisdom into my days…

People who live in the country know the value of fresh air very well,

and their children live out of doors,

with intervals within for sleeping and eating.

~Charlotte Mason, Home Education, Vol 1, p.42

We have enjoyed an especially Spring-like winter here in the South. It was quite a joy for us to avoid the usual lull of being cooped up indoors during cold temps. I realize that all of the seasons have something special to offer and that many people enjoy the cozy-ness of winter. However, in our house, it only takes a couple of rainy days or a week or two of winter weather to leave us feeling quite cooped up! I love it when things allow for ‘living out of doors’ again…

Charlotte goes on to say…

In the first place, do not send them;

if it is any way possible, take them…

Despite the delightful, sunny days, I had found myself in a rut.

A pattern had developed of the children heading outside after our lessons were over to play for hours…most days until supper time (or until a passionate, brotherly disagreement disrupted things!). I found myself inside working on this or that. I would do some laundry or dust or look over bills or other paperwork. Our doors and windows were wide open so I could keep a close eye on the boys while I toiled away. They are 9 and 10 now, and they are not at a loss to find things to do together whether I am out or not. Still, I quickly found myself struggling between longing to be out with them and needing to tend to things indoors. While certain things do require my attention and are necessary to be done, I had forgotten about how necessary the habit of being out of doors was to my well-being and to my relationship with my boys.

Leave it to Charlotte to gently remind me…

In recent days, you can find me out with them for half hour increments or so pushing them on the tire swing…slipping away for an hour to walk down to the creek and hide in the woods…simply sitting at the picnic table with a book or notebook…or maybe just digging leaves out of flower beds…some of my most beloved things with two of my favorite people!

With the help of Miss Mason’s timely reminders, I’m back to not just ‘sending’ my sweet boys out, but ‘taking’ them out. It’s important. It has always been a priority…when they were babies, toddlers, preschoolers, as well as now…and really, it always will be for us.


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Bird-Lovin’ Bug


I have an absolute adulation for birds.

I love to sit outside and watch them.

I love to capture them with my camera.

I love to put seed near the window so that I can observe them more closely.

I love to hear them.

I love to *try* and draw them.

I love reading about them.

I love their personalities.



I’m often up to somethin’ related to birds

(thankfully my family enjoys them too!)

…so, I was excited to see my grandparents had the

most recent issue of

(I “borrowed” it from them:)

I found some great ideas on types of flowers

to plant this Spring in order to provide seed in a more natural way.

Yes, I’ve already bought my seed packets!

Birds+Flowers=Giddy Momma!



The ‘bird thing’ all started for me about 2 and half years ago.

Birds was a topic one week in an old homeschool curriculum we had used.

My oldest son and I got hooked.

I’ve never been the same.

I’ve become the biggest bird-nerd of all in our house.


I notice them everywhere I go.

I stop everything (even when it’s not the most convenient time in the world) to catch a glimpse of one of these babies!

I mean, for goodness sake…LOOK at em’!

Birds are just one of countless exhibitions in nature that feature the artistry of The Creator.

When I read this today, I thought of birds:

“God adds distinct and beautiful touches to each thing He makes.

His energy and creativity are without measure.”

~Bob Schultz


Go ahead…catch the Bird-Lovin’-Bug! I dare ya!



High From the Earth I Heard A Bird

by: Emily Dickinson


High from the earth I heard a bird;
He trod upon the trees
As he esteemed them trifles,
And then he spied a breeze,
And situated softly
Upon a pile of wind
Which in a perturbation
Nature had left behind.
A joyous-going fellow
I gathered from his talk,
Which both of benediction
And badinage partook,
Without apparent burden,
I learned, in leafy wood
He was the faithful father
Of a dependent brood;
And this untoward transport
His remedy for care, —
A contrast to our respites.
How different we are!


What’s your favorite outdoor treasure????


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