Glimpses of spring linger in short snippets – cool evenings, spring vegetables, getting into a new routine. A new summer schedule – that is always a transition. From the busy homeschooling year to a flexible approach for the warmer months, creating and revamping a routine that flows presents its own set of challenges.
Raising Children Naturally
I am a fan of year round schooling. Getting kids to do their math again after taking a two month break is beyond stressful. I prefer to skip the drama and just keep going with math throughout the summer, when we are not traveling or entertaining. The older ones are finishing out their respective classes, while the elementary boys are enjoying a break from Saxon and using Khan Academy for some free math and programming classes.
Visiting our local libraries has been fun. We skipped these for many years while I had babies that just did not do well traveling or being away from home for long periods of time. I desire to see them develop interests in all the amazing things God has provided for us to study. We will continue to make trips there every couple weeks to hopefully create an appetite for reading and discover.
“If you cannot read all your books…fondle them — peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.” Winston Churchill
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Frederick Douglas
What spring season isn’t complete with someone getting stung or stepping on a stinger? “James stepped on a bumblebee,” Asher informed me. Soon, Hannah comes running in with the same information. Since I had literally just stepped in the shower, I instructed her to get the plantain from the yard, smash it up to get juices activated, and tape it to his wound. She did a great job. Within five minutes, James was merely commenting on his sting, barely limping, and un-traumatized. Such a simple, yet effective remedy God provided us in plenty!
This weekend I had the privilege of seeing clients who had been with me for a year or more. Seeing their progress has been amazing to watch. God is faithful to give us what we need. These people have come so far in their health journeys. With patience, perseverance, and dedication they have used herbs, diet, and nutrients to allow the God designed healing process flourish. Every client I see teaches me something new and amazing about our Father and the many ways He can work to make His children whole.
Favorites around this week:
- mung beans/black/red rice bowls with teriyaki vegetables (like greens, onions, kohlrabi, mushrooms, and garlic) – I make the bean/rice together in the InstaPot while sauteing the veggies in a large cast ion skillet;
- soaked granola with wild blueberries and raw milk
- sprouted chocolate cake with vanilla frosting – will post recipe soon – the frosting is super easy with just butter, vanilla, pinch pink salt, little raw cream, and powdered- in-my-bullet evaporated cane juice;
- baked French fries with baked Salmon and Orange Roughy – ran the potatoes through my food processor with the fries attachment, baked with avocado oil and seasonings;
- Sunny side up pastured eggs and duck eggs – speckled with cracked pepper and coarse pink salt, cooked in cast iron.
Just picked up my first box from my other CSA, Causey Bee Farm, delighted with beautiful flowers, fresh mint and raw honey! While I was there I snagged some homemade sunscreen. Super excited what’s in my box from Eco Farms today as well. I thank God for my farmers and pray for them daily. May God continue to give them wisdom on how to be good stewards of the earth. Many farmers have lost that wisdom.