Anchor: a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay: Hope was his only anchor.
When we work to become the author of own family life, we take on the authority to provide our spouse and children and ourselves stability. An effective way to do this is through the use of rhythm. If you have small children, it takes time to build a family rhythm that encompasses the year. If you are homeschooling older children and also have younger children not yet ready for formal learning, the cycle of the year through the seasons and through your religious year becomes the number one tool you have for family unity, for family identity, for stability.
June is the month with the longest amount of daylight hours for the Northern Hemisphere (and the shortest days for the Southern Hemisphere – how are all my Down Under readers faring?)
These are the festivals that will anchor my month:
21 – Father’s Day
24 – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
29- The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul
Famous Saints I will be taking to my inner work this month –
9- St. Columba
10- St. Ephrem of Syria (lots of great reading to do here)
14 – St. Basil the Great
22 – St. Alban of Britian
Aside Note – I have had a few folks ask me about the Calendar of Saints in the Episcopal Church…The Episcopal Church USA is part of the Anglican Communion, which is an international association of churches composed of the Church of England and national (such as Canada, Japan, Uganda, for example) and regional (collections of nations) Anglican churches. Each province, as it is called, is autonomous and independent with its own primate and governing structure. So, different feast calendars within the Anglican Communion share the Feast Days and Fast Days listed in the Book of Common Prayer, but there may be “lesser feasts and fasts” as well. The Archbishop of Canterbury is our “primus inter parus” (first among equals) but holds no direct authority outside of the England, but is instead a force of unity, vision, persuasion, for the entire Communion. We don’t really govern off of creeds, for example such as the Westminster Catechism in Presbyterianism, but find “the law of praying is the law of believing and therefore The Book of Common Prayer is our way. The Anglican Communion has in it elements of the Reformation and Anglo-Catholicism, depending upon the individual parish, but it is not “Catholic Lite”. We pray for the unity of the Church (the whole of Christendom) and therefore “Anglicans have preferred to look for guidance to the undivided church, the church before it was divided by the Reformation and especially to the first centuries of the church’s life….to “tradition”, the worship, teaching and life of the church in its early days.” (page 65, Welcome to the Episcopal Church by Christopher Webber))
Ideas for Celebrating June:
- Here we are tubing down rivers, camping, going to water and splash parks
- Blueberry Picking – Strawberries are about done, but blueberries are coming soon
- Try out different popsicle and cold drink recipes
- Gardening – especially with an eye to our friend the bee
- Hunt fireflies at night
- Stay up and gaze at the stars
- Have bonfires and camp fires and make s’mores
- Summer theater outside!
The Domestic Life: I love June for going through and re-organizing the school room, throwing out papers that have accumulated, going through closets and drawers, re-vamping meal plans with cooling foods in mind.
Homeschooling: We ended this week, (week thirty-five), as everyone’s concentration was down (rightfully so for our geographic region and climate). The children are outgrowing clothing at a rapid pace, and I could tell their forces needed to be directed to growth and rest. I will be writing a post soon detailing a binder I put together for seventh grade to wrap up the year from a teacher perspective, and what I am doing differently in planning fifth and eighth grades than I have in previous years.
I would love to hear what you are up to this ending of May and looking ahead to June!
I think you already have this, but just in case. I wish there were more communities who celebrate St. John’s Day. Unfortunately, most schools finish the year, then the families scatter. Unless there is a Christian Community, there is usually no focal point. It’s too bad, because it is the “reflection” in a way, of the Christmas Festival and if fully understood it could be just as much fun! When we do the Advent Spiral, we bring the stars inside, as it were. At St. John’s, we should be outside, sending our inner stars back out into the night sky. The threads of tradition are there – we need to re-awaken and re-enliven them! Happy Midsummer’s Eve to you and yours, Carrie!
Thank you Christine! I do have that link but I hope to highlight it again when I write a post about St. John’s Day. There definitely needs to be a re-vitalization of this festival!
We are looking at possibly moving so I have been sorting through our things. Big job. Also looking at how to end our lesson season for a summer break. I will be looking forward to your grade seven binder information.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this series and the weekly wrap-ups. They have been invaluable and so encouraging. A tremendous gift.
We are wearing warm woollens up here in Ontario today and hoping to pick strawberries in a couple weeks. 🙂
Enjoy your summer break.