Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A warm day and tradition... {Gratituesday}

 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.

Join me for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers :)

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!

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  1. Oh yes! The sun was out yesterday! I whish we could have spent our day outside as well, but it was shopping day. :( Looks like you guys had a blast. It looked like a nice, relaxing afternoon.

  2. Oh when my first four were little we loved reading on blankets at the first of spring...and usually ate lunch also...I know do the same with my little one...one of the many treasures of home schooling

    1. One of the treasures, indeed! Thanks for dropping in, Janette. :)

      Blessings to you and yours! ~Lisa

  3. I really enjoyed reading this post. I love traditions like that, and what a lovely photograph of your children! The Last Crusader sounds like a seriously interesting read too!

    Blessings, April

  4. April and I both enjoyed this both and your tradition. We would like to feature your post on the Gallery of Favorites tomorrow. I couldn't find your email to ask your permission to use a photo from this post. I hope it is okay, if not please let me know at aleasleftovers@sbcglobal.net.

  5. April & Alea, Thanks for honoring us by featuring our post! Many blessings to you both, ~Lisa & family :)


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