Since Missey's passing last March and through one of her more memorable posts (out of many) http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/HeartSchooling/57915/ I had been thinking about how I wanted to spend this December with my children. I purposed early on in this year to take this month to just spend time being a family again. Not full of schedules and to-do lists. Being just a mom again, not Mom and Teacher. Because, truth be told, I spend more time in Teacher mode than I do in Mom mode.
I've compiled a list of things to do with my kids this month. My goal is to attempt to do (at least) one of these activities everyday for the entire month of December.. Some things will be small and others will be big. Either way the goal is to make a memory. I'm going to have a mixture of baking, handiwork, crafts, reading and serving others. I'll try to post a picture of what we've done every day.
As we closed our last book today for the remainder of the year it was with great excitement and anticipation of our month ahead. This will be our first big break since right before the baby was born last February. I think we all are ready to have fun just being a family again.
One of our daily activities will be working through Ann Voskamp's book The Glorious Coming A Jesse Tree Advent Celebration.
You can read more about The Glorious Coming and Ann here at her blog:
We read day 2 tonight and all pondered the consequences of sin entering the perfect world God created. My 5 year old said, in all her youthful wisdom, "I wish satan had never become jealous of God. Then we could be having fun with Jesus in the Garden right now." My 9 year old added, "Yeah, we wouldn't need this book then." Meaning, Jesus wouldn't of had to die for our sins if satan hadn't rebelled. Wouldn't that be a delight? Talking with Jesus in the beautiful Garden God made for us?
Today, well tonight really, we went to Toys R Us to buy gifts for the 5 children we picked off our Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree at the mall yesterday. We picked 5 children for each of our children. We had fun scurrying around the store looking for just the right gift for our Angel Tree children. I have one gift that is coming in the mail next week. Once that arrives we'll head back to the mall and drop our gifts off. I don't have any pictures of Toys R Us, but I think you all know what they look like on the inside.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow and all the adventures it will hold.