April can be such a lovely month in the Deep South. We have tulips blooming, everything is turning green, and the weather, whilst at times unpredictable, is generally heading toward warm. It is also a lovely time to explore the mountains and the seaside and to revel in all of nature awakening.
This month, we are celebrating Eastertide in its fullest glory. The calendar of the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church include an amazing array of Saints this month; so many wonderful people. Our main festival dates in our family this month include:
23- St. George
25- St. Mark
29- St. Catherine of Siena
and I am looking ahead to Ascension Day (Thursday, May 5th) and the Rogation Days that precede Ascension Day ( the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to Ascension Day). There is also a Novena of 9 days that begins on Ascension Day and ends on the Eve of Pentecost. So I am really thinking about how to mark that.
These are a few of my favorite things this month for my family:
- Since we are still in Eastertide here, dyeing of eggs, thinking of the Paschal candle and light in our home, indoor dish Easter gardens, Easter carols (yes, they are real!) and attending church are in my heart
- Gardens outside as well – especially leading up to Rogation Days which is a wonderful time to have seeds, gardening tools and homesteads blessed.
- Spring cleaning, decluttering, and moving ahead with some simple decorating I have wanted to do in our home.
These are a few of my favorite things for small children:
- Ramping up all kinds of physical activity since the weather is generally nice…hiking, kayaking, roller blading, walking, playing in the yard never disappeared these past months, but I feel so drawn to these activities now.
- Incorporating more and more loose parts play and re-arranging indoor and outdoor play areas.
P.S. — For those of you who are using any form of screens with your small children, how about looking at rhythm, play and outside time in preparation for Screen Free Week? Screen Free Week 2016 is coming May 2-8! You can see http://www.screenfree.org for more details. 🙂
These are a few of my favorite things for grades-age children:
- Spring handwork – wet felting, making beautiful spring crafts
- Movement outside and exploring nature
- Adjusting our rhythm to the seasons, but sticking to strong awake, rest and bedtimes, along with regular nourishing whole foods mealtimes.
These are a few of my favorite things for teens:
- Exploring local history through geological and nature study, and also through local historical events of significance. There are so many National Park sites and museums to explore!
- Letting teens sleep. Spring is a time when a lot of physical growth occurs, and teens need their sleep!
These are a few of my favorite things for my own inner work:
- I am in the midst of creating a Sacred Hour – half to be spent in personal study, and half to be spent with our children in sharing the Saints, the Bible and Anglican traditions. I am feeling very happy about this.
- I have been looking closely at boundaries on my own time and what truly makes me feel comfortable and happy in the way I use time
These are a few of my favorite things for my own self-care and health:
- Continuing to get up and work out before my day starts with the family.
- Drinking water.
These are a few of my favorite things for homeschooling:
- Well, I had started planning and got most of sixth grade planned and two blocks of ninth grade (first year of high school), and then stopped..so I need to get back to planning again.
Please share with me what is inspiring you this month!