January 1 - 10
We started out the new year with strawberry shortcake for breakfast and have been filling our January unschooling days with lots of games, books, science experiments and related YouTube videos, snowy adventures, music playing, art, knitting, play dates, sleepovers, and volunteering. Below are some of the moments of our days that I remembered to catch on camera.
Rather than any sort of New Year's resolutions, I like to choose a word or phrase to guide my year. My chosen word for 2016 is grace. For me this conjures up a feeling of inspiration and flow, a softening and expanding heart, a forgiving and loving nature, an awareness of beauty and awe, and an attitude of acceptance and gratitude.
We all have struggles, and I hope to face my difficult moments as well as my peaceful ones by allowing myself, my family, and those around me as much grace as I can muster this year. Blessed be.
physics kit, finding the area of gravity
shoveling our long driveway
12-year-olds, building an extensive blanket fort
5-year-olds, living room music performance
You can have the other words -- chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it.
~Mary Oliver, from Sand Dabs, Five