Lovely Things Vol. 1: Convention Edition, AND a Giveaway!

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Happy spring!  You know what springtime means for us homeschool mamas, right?  It's Convention Season!  So this month seemed like a perfect time to introduce this new post format that I will be publishing from time to time: the Lovely Things collection.

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

Lovely Things will be exactly what it sounds like: a collection of resources, images, ideas, and musings that are inspiring me at the present moment, and that I believe could be of inspiration to you too.  S. D. Smith (author of The Green Ember series!) spoke at the Great Homeschool Convention on the idea of being curators of those things which are good, true, and beautiful, rather than constant critics of everything around us.  In a way that has been one of my goals with Full and Generous Life as a whole, but the Lovely Things collections will be created specifically for that end.  I have found that it is all too easy, on those long, crazy, busy, messy, homeschool, preschool, teenager, baseball, yard work-filled days, to not notice all the lovely things going on in my world.  Or worse yet, to complain about the inconveniences, minor disappointments, and unmet expectations.  These posts will be, if nothing else, an exercise in noticing.  I hope you enjoy it!

"The world is so full of a number of things,

I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."

-RL Stevenson

Top left: I actually WON a giveaway!  My husband and I were talking one night about how somebody really needed to write a real-food cookbook with big, busy families in mind.  And then the very next day I saw this giveaway from Mamasana!  I'm eager to try out many of these recipes!

Top right: Melty bead projects.  My 6 year old loves these.  He got this set for Easter.  This is his first attempt at 3-D melty bead-ing (so they can stand up on their own!), and I think it's going to be a game-changer.  The boys already have plans for a live action/stop motion movie in which they are out exploring, discover a secret portal, and are transformed into melty bead knight men. 

Bottom right: Came across my old book of Rachmaninoff.  Boy, is that stuff ever fun.  Even though I have to play it about 7 times slower than it should be.  Interestingly though, even after not playing any of these for years, I am finding it easier to read my way through all the super thick, accidental-laden chord passages.  It's almost like my mind is getting better at making connections and seeing relationships or something.  Charlotte Mason education anyone?

Bottom left: A cute cat picture, because I needed a 4th image to fill the frame.  This is our sweet boy, Homer.  He went on a little odyssey of his own last week and disappeared for a few days.  He returned with an injured hind foot, but he seems to be on the mend.

Top left: I got the pleasure of meeting Sam (S. D.!) Smith, author of the Green Ember series.  Levi drew him a picture illustrating a scene from the first book and I delivered it to him at the convention.  He sent me home with a signed poster for Levi, which is now hanging in their room.  They were super excited.

Top right: Judah got his first Little Passports delivery for his birthday!  He loves his own "suitcase".  And stickers are always a big hit with him.

Bottom right: I finally splurged and bought the A Year of Playing Skillfully preschool curriculum.  I've been drooling over it since convention last year.  Even my big kids are excited about this - the projects look so fun!  If you are not familiar with this, you need to go check it out.  It is SO different from any other preschool program I've ever seen!

Bottom left: So I bought convention.  Turns out it's called an armillary sphere.  This was my "surprise" purchase.  I try not to go crazy buying stuff, but I just couldn't pass this up.  This device makes it super easy to explain astronomical concepts that are otherwise very difficult to visualize, like the changing of the seasons, where constellations appear in the sky at different times, moon phases, planetary movements, etc.  Every time I see it I think of the "harmony of the spheres", and I feel like I have a slighty better understanding of the ancient/medieval idea of astronomy and its place in the quadrivium.  I can't wait to get the full guide in the mail and start using this in our morning times.  You can check them out at Horizon Globe.

And finally...I get to offer you all a GIVEAWAY, thanks to the CiRCE Institute!  (Happy dance for you and for me!)  I pre-ordered the conference audio recordings from the Kindred Conference last month, and they sent me 2 copies by mistake.  So, I get to give one of them away to one happy subscriber!  I have been blessed beyond words by all of the resources from CiRCE that I have used so far, and I am sure this will be no exception...which is why I am so pleased to be able to share it with you all!  I'm going to run this giveaway a little bit differently.  Here's what you need to do to enter:

1.  [Required] Join the Full and Generous Life Fellowship by subscribing in the sidebar or the bottom of the page.  If you're already a subscriber, you can skip this step.

2.  [Required] Shoot me an email at with your response to this question: What has been your biggest challenge in implementing a classical/Charlotte Mason home education?  No need to go into great detail; a one sentence answer will do.  If you are new here and have no idea what that even means, no worries.  Just say so in your email!  Your responses will help me tremendously with a project I've had "cooking" for a little while now!

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This giveaway will run from now until midnight, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  The winner will be notified by Thursday, May 11 via email, and I will get your Kindred Audio Disc sent out to you as soon as possible once I receive your confirmation and your address!

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