Keep On, Keeping On

It’s a new day, a new year.  Each year I wonder if I should begin a New Year’s Resolution….or not.  Well, this year I have decided not.

Instead, I want to keep on, keeping on.  I want to keep on working on what I am already working on…which already feels like a lot.  I don’t want to loose my focus or the headway already made.  At my first Charlotte Mason conference, while walking through the halls from one workshop to another someone said, “What I do, I want to do well.”  I wish I could remember exactly who said it to me, because I have thought of this phrase repeatedly over the years.  I do not want to add more wonderful things to my life, my school, my plate without first thinking about what I am already doing that needs to move from simply doing, to doing well.  So I will refrain from adding a new diet, a new list of books to read, or new projects as my New Year’s Resolution. No, not this year.

So what will I keep on, keeping on?  I am already working on changing my thoughts, changing habits and character, doing what I ought vs. what I want, and learning not to procrastinate.  I am already reading Character is Destiny, CM’s volume two, and I am slowly moving through The Deadliest Monster.   We are working on implementing a Way of the Will chart weekly in our school week.  I would like to develop consistency.  We are discussing two chapters a month from Character is Destiny with four other families, hosted at my home.  We should be finished in May, and I want to see that I have not just read a book but established real change.  Add to this schooling from AO years 10, 7 and 4 and my plate is full.  What I am doing, I really just want to work on doing well.

So no New Year’s Resolutions this year!  My plan is to keep on, keeping on.

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1b


First Post

Well, it is my first post.  I feel I need to get it out of the way so I can get down to business.  I still don’t have the picture in the header I want, the widgets are not working right, and quite frankly, I have no idea what I am doing. 🙂  Despite all this, here goes.

This blog is intended to be a place for personal narration and musings, a place to keep track of stuff I want to remember, and a place to hopefully keep me somewhat on track.  It will be real, and thus littered with mistakes both small and large.  Have I mentioned the grammar errors that will be sure to abound?

I am a homeschooling mom of three who follows the educational principles of Charlotte Mason.  Dear Charlotte has influenced my home, school, and life and so will play a large role in this blog as I have found that indeed, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.”  I no longer homeschool my children only to provide them an education, instead it is about learning to live; in fact, learning to embrace the fullness of life through the science of relations.  But more about that another time.

This blog will contain information about our curriculum at Ambleside Online, our schedule, book discussions, CM’s volumes, my spiritual journey, Nature Study, probably gardening come spring, and whatever else I am pondering.  If I ever figure out how to upload pictures, I will post some science journal pictures.

Now more about these kiddos.  I have three children and we are in our sixth year of homeschooling.  We just finished our first term, which is twelve weeks, and I need to figure out our new artist and composer.   I have a 16 year old daughter we will call The Beauty, a 14 year old boy better known as Legoman, and an almost 10 year old son we will call The Shrimp.

Ok, so there is my first post.  Yeah!  It has taken me years to get here.