Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks;
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
~I Thessalonians 5:16-18
We have a tradition in our homeschool that we look forward to every spring: When we are blessed with our first sunny 60 degree day, we eat our lunch outside and then spread a blanket on the lawn for a leisurely afternoon enjoying our current read aloud and soaking up some vitamin D.
The kids and I were thrilled when we turned on the radio yesterday morning and heard that we were in for highs in the low 60s. :) We hurried through our morning chores and lessons and kept an eye on the thermometer in our kitchen window which, by lunch time, was reading 59 degrees.
Lunch, which was nachos (for the kids) and taco salad (for me), was enjoyed on the porch, and after quickly taking care of the afternoon animal chores, we spread our blanket and settled in for the afternoon...
Anna colored pictures of horses from one of her favorite Dover coloring books, and Daniel sketched a sword from LOTR (don't you love the shorts and sleeveless shirt -- eager for summer, I guess), while I started our latest history read aloud...
Not long after we'd begun our afternoon of basking in the warmth of the sunshine, a thin cloud cover moved in (which is why the sky is so white in the photo above -- there's a little patch of blue hiding behind the branches of the tree to the right of Daniel). We tried to tough it out but eventually decided the clouds had won the day. After moving ourselves indoors, we saw that the temperature hadn't risen above that 59 degree mark after all, so we fed our wood stove and settled in for a nice afternoon of reading by the fire. Where it was warm. As for keeping with tradition, we'll try again another day. :)
So what exactly am I thankful for then? The keeping of tradition. Spending an afternoon with my children (who are growing up far too quickly). Reading a good book and learning together. Conversation. My wood stove. And, yes, the promise of spring.
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About the book: Originally published in 1992--the 500 year anniversary of Columbus' famous voyage--The Last Crusader was included in our history curriculum; we are thankful for the opportunity to read and be enlightened by it. The six chapters of this volume explore the world as it was at the end of the fifteenth century, the primary motivations in Columbus's life including why he sailed west, his early years and family background, and the continuing heritage of Columbus in the West (where he is both revered and reviled). Tolle lege!