September feels like new beginnings and fresh starts, even here in the South where the temperatures are still sweltering, everything is still green at this moment, school already started in August – but it still holds that harvest promise and the intimate feeling that the autumnal equinox is coming soon.
What my family is celebrating this month in great gratitude:
Labor Day – September 7 I have talked about attending parades on this day in the past, and of course, this year I imagine most will be canceled with COVID19. Perhaps you have had builders or workers in your family that made important contributions to tell your children.
The Nativity of St. Mary – September 8
Holy Cross Day – September 14
Autumn Equinox – September 22 – You can see my Autumn Pinterest Board for ideas!
The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels – September 29. This is one of my favorite celebrations in the church and at home! You can see my MIchaelmas Pinterest Board for some ideas!
The Home Mood:
To me, the fall becomes a time of turning inward; a time of gratitude and reflection. How do my words, my actions, reflect my gratitude toward my Creator and toward my life? How do I interact with others in order to show this? There is a quote I often think about from Dr. Rudolf Steiner that talks about this. He says;
The cultivation of this universal gratitude toward the world is of paramount importance. It does not always need to be in one’s consciousness, but may simply live in the background of the feeling life, so that, at the end of a strenuous day, one can experience gratitude, for example, when entering a beautiful meadow full of flowers……And if we only act properly in front of the children, a corresponding increase in gratitude will develop within them for all that comes to them from the people living around them, from the way they speak or smile, or the way such people treat them.” Rudolf Steiner from “A Child’s Changing Consciousness As The Basis of Pedagogical Practice”
Gratitude is such an important mood to create in the home. I think this creation can be tangible, like those gratitude jars or going around the table at night and sharing something we have gratitude for…those are wonderful in their own way, but I think creating a true mood of gratitude in the home actually is a much harder and deeper task. How to really permeate this mood and carry it, even when things are overwhelming, is for this season of overcoming and courage as we head toward the longer nights of Winter.
Menu planning: we are warming up to oatmeal, chilis, stews, soups, fresh baked bread.
- Our oldest graduated in May and is off to an out of state college!
- Tenth Grader – Our tenth grader is in a hybrid school (four days a week, modified schedule) so by law we are homeschooling, but I honestly don’t feel as if I have much to do other than help with homework and organizing assignments.
- Fifth Grader – our fifth grader is still traditionally homeschooling. We began with Ancient India and will be moving into Ancient Persia this week. We are busy with math and spelling practice, main lesson, some physical fitness activities, chores, and barn life with our horses. Our days at home look like reading aloud, math practice, main lesson, a break, art, spelling practice, chores, and in the later afternoons physical movement. On the two days I work at a clinic, our fifth grader attends an outdoor homeschool enrichment program that is for boys only and involves a lot of work, team building, and physical fitness.
- Me – I am still working on my clinical doctorate and working two days a week at a clinic and seeing some private patients. It is a juggle some weeks and can be overwhelming but honestly I really enjoy my patients and am glad to be working a little in my field.
I would love to hear what and how you are celebrating in September!