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Karen Andreola talks about Mother Culture in her book, A Charlotte Mason Companion. I decided that I wanted to talk about Mother Culture, because as homeschooling mothers, it is so important that we take time to implement this habit into our lives. Mother Culture is taking time for ourselves ~ to follow our own interests and find inner peace, so that we can grow and expand ourselves. In this way, we become better mothers. John Ruskin said, "Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts, bright fancies, faithful sayings: treasure-houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb nor poverty take away from you, houses built without hands for your souls to live in." It is especially important for us, as homeschooling mothers, to fill ourselves with new knowledge and pleasant experiences, so that we can have much to offer our children. What we sow, we will later reap in our children.
Karen Andreola suggests that we keep three books that we are reading at any given time. One should be stiff, one easy to read, and one that is a novel. I admit I am not great at this task. My stiff book at the moment is Ourselves Vol. 4 by Charlotte Mason. I only get through 5 or 6 chapters a year and read it like a college textbook with lots of note taking. I will be reading this series forever. LOL! Can I count the latest Homeschooling Today magazine as my easy reading? As for a novel, I need to pick out a new one. It has been a while. I have been reading classics with my big teen that I never read in school. We just finished the Old Man and the Sea.
Besides quiet time and expanding our minds through reading, we are encouraged to follow our own personal interests. My interests are scrapbooking, listening/singing to music, teaching myself a few simple songs on the piano and maintaining this blog. I find all of these rewarding and they help fill me up, so that I can in turn give generously to my family. I never thought that I would get so much out of blogging. I have found that you, my sister bloggers, have a vast wealth of knowledge to share and help me stretch myself so I do not become stagnant in one way of teaching or thinking. It also has provided a diary of sorts of my family history. I do hope someday to take up needlepoint and quilting but have found that thus far these do not fit into this season in my life. I've thought about starting something on a much smaller scale.
I will leave you with this last quote by Billy Graham, "Mothers should cultivate their souls, that in turn they may cultivate the souls of their children."
DawnShe also suggests that we find time in the day for quiet meditation or prayer ... if only for a few minutes. That is very challenging since my house is rarely quiet, but it is much calmer at night. Although I have to work on this, I understand its importance. I was raised a Quaker, so I love this quote from William Penn, "In the rush and noise of life, as you have intervals, be still. Wait upon God and feel his good presence." I love thunderstorms, and find sitting on the back porch watching God's Glory to be very fulfilling and a tender reminder that there is far more going on in this world than my sometimes hectic life would suggest. My children are welcome to join me on the porch --if they will sit quietly.