Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Traditional Catholic children play

Notice that the whole big family lives in a tiny cardboard box.  

the children are camped out for sleep in trundle beds in front of the stove

mom and dad with baby in between!

No matter how tiny the cabin, there is always room for Our Lady of Fatima!
(and more children)

And some good and wholesome, homecooked food waiting for the morning.

The rest of the family sleeps on the couch...nearby another devotional area for Our Lady.

when asked about her little make believe home, our 9 year old daughter replied simply
"it's fun."

Echinacea tincture, mid summer (before the root is added) an essay in pictures

Friday, July 25, 2014

July on the farm

Gathering wildflowers for the family altar.

Taking down baby burdock and thistle in the back pasture with a scythe.

My Zinnias. 


Harvesting Cilantro for our meatless friday soup.

Sacred Heart of Jesus garden.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Keeping it simple in the homeschool

I have homeschooled for 12 years and by the grace of God, this is ALL I have for school supplies!  I currently have 5 children in school and 1 baby "assistant" 
In the 3 big tubs are all of my "school books"..phonics, math, ect.  If I hate it, or if I will never use it, I give it away.
Most of what you see on the shelves is art supplies and tiny children "school toys"
The metal cart has a basket for each child.  It holds all the daily books and notebooks.  Mom is often heard saying, "If you can't find it, its not my problem!  I gave you a place to put it!"

We do like to use lots of living books, especially in literature, science and history.  I had a bunch more books, but a few years ago, ruthlessly gave most of them away to thrift shops.  The only ones I keep on my shelves are the Catholic ones, everything else I get from the library.  

Teacher desk.  
Thank you Father G.

The desk for the littles to do their daily work at.  They will use booster chairs.

Homeschooling is not always a joyous walk in the park.  Just following our bliss did not work for us.  We tried unschooling...hugely unsuccessful here.  This picture reminds me of my duty and my cross.  

Our school motto, from the Doctor of love.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Picture Essay in Fermenting Pickles

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Piggy piercing parlor

We have spent the last few days putting rings into our pigs snouts so when we move them to their new forest abode, they will be good pigs and stay in their place and not kill all the trees.  
The most striking thing about this process is how much I have learned that I do not want to go to hell.  This is why...  When you get that tool above around the piggies snout and pull it tight, the pig howls like demons let loose from the pits of hell.  As soon as you get the ring in and let the pig go, they are trotting around like nothing ever happened.  But while I have a hold of that tool and hubby is being the piggy piercing parlor expert, the noise is terrible.
Another way that piercing pig noses has changed my life forever.

Every time I see this

I will think of this.....

yep, judgemental...but its reality from the farm perspective folks!