By Heather Lee
(This post was originally written by Heather in October, 2014, and is used with permission. The original can be viewed on her website Bentleather.net.)
Monday is our nature study day. We usually go to a local park with our Ambleside friends and explore and paint together. But nature study can happen at any moment. Walking to our car after church we spotted flashes of red in the magnolia trees around the chapel. Growing up in southeast Texas, magnolia trees have been a common part of the landscape of my memory. When I was about my daughter's age, I remember climbing to the top of an enormous magnolia tree in Nora Burgeoux's front yard. I remember perching near the top, looking down on the top of Nora's house, into the crowns of neighboring trees, just moments before my perch snapped and I fell, grasping at branches, bruising and scraping arms, legs, and shins. I managed to wrap myself around a branch about halfway from the bottom.
By Dawn Rhymer
This week I was pondering the beautiful gift we as parents receive through our children’s narrations: the gift of listening. I believe it is only through the hundreds of hours I have spent listening to my children’s narrations over this past year and the thousands more I will, Lord willing, listen to in the future that I am slowly being transformed into a true listener.
Ms. Mason wisely knew the value of our listening to our children. She shared a poignant story of Bobbie which can cut to the quick of a parent’s heart who has patted her child on the back and shooed him away, a bit too busy to take seriously his silly, prattling stories.
Bobbie will come home with a heroic narrative of a fight he has seen between 'Duke' and a dog in the street. It is wonderful! He has seen everything, and he tells everything with splendid vigour in the true epic vein; but so ingrained is our contempt for children that we see nothing in this but Bobbie's foolish childish way! (Volume 1, Home Education, p. 231)
We have updated our Policies listed under Retreat Details to include our Snow Policy.
"Snow Policy: There are no refunds due to bad weather unless state or interstate highways between the point of origin for a guest and The Hideaway have been officially closed by the state patrol."
We understand some might have concerns with traveling in or to Colorado in February. We gave much prayer and consideration in choosing February for the CME Retreat. Ultimately, we chose February because it seems like a much needed time to get a boost in our motivation in educating our children yet has a dearth of conferences and retreats. We also took into consideration that Colorado is a prime skiing vacation destination in February. We have many and excellent plows. Most importantly, we are praying for the Lord to guard the weekend and trusting in his final plan.
The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.
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