Welcome! I am so glad you are here. Full and Generous Life is a place where I hope you will find encouragement, rest, and inspiration for your life as a thoughtful homeschooling mom.
My name is Jill. My amazing husband, Dan, and I have been married for fifteen years. We have five awesome boys, ages 14, 12, 9, 6, and 2. As you might guess, there is seldom a "quiet" moment around our house, but we are all learning together to cultivate a home that is restful, nurturing, productive, and loving. Make sure to subscribe in the sidebar or at the bottom of the page so you don't miss anything!
It is my sincere hope that this blog will be just a little different than other places you might frequent around the web. This is reflected in my priorities:
I'm not going to lie to you here about what "real" life looks like. Minimal photo editing. You will see dirt and dust. There might be clutter in the background. My kids don't wear trendy matching, name-brand clothing to go play by the campfire...or really any time, for that matter. It seems my vacuum has been broken more that it works lately--we are real people, with real, busy lives. And while it's not necessary for me to reveal every grubby corner of our sin and brokenness, I will not airbrush our day-to-day activities to look like something they are not. And no stock photos. Ever. If you see it on here, it happened. To us. The last thing I want anyone to think after visiting here is, "There is no way I could ever do that."
I don't have everything figured out. Let's just get that out there right away. I believe that true education--true learning--can only take place when we realize just how much we don't know. When I consider the depth of the riches we have in Christ, I am reminded daily of my need for the light of his wisdom to shine on every aspect of our "school" experience.
I am a Christian. We homeschool from a Charlotte Mason perspective with a hearty dose of Christian classical thought. However, I absolutely welcome folks of other persuasions to enter the conversation. There may be times when I venture into topics that might be controversial. I encourage everyone to comment, even if you disagree! Just please remember to be kind and gracious with the words you choose.
4. Christ Centered
We pray Thomas Aquinas's "Prayer Before Study", or Ante Studium, before we formally begin every school day:
Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom,
have established three hierarchies of angels,
have arrayed them in marvelous order
above the fiery heavens,
and have marshaled the regions
of the universe with such artful skill,
You are proclaimed
the true font of light and wisdom,
and the primal origin
raised high beyond all things.
Pour forth a ray of Your brightness
into the darkened places of my mind;
disperse from my soul
the twofold darkness
into which I was born:
sin and ignorance.
You make eloquent the tongues of infants.
refine my speech
and pour forth upon my lips
The goodness of Your blessing.
Grant to me
keenness of mind,
capacity to remember,
skill in learning,
subtlety to interpret,
and eloquence in speech.
guide the beginning of my work,
direct its progress,
and bring it to completion.
You Who are true God and true Man,
who live and reign, world without end.