|Panoramic Picture of Crater Lake taken from the Observation Station with my iPhone|
The first week of our 2013-2014 school year may not have included our usual "back-to-school traditions," (perhaps we will get to those this week) but it sure was nice to spend Tuesday-Sunday with dear friends who happened to be visiting from the midwest!
We may not have celebrated Our Blessed Mother's birthday this past weekend with our usual birthday cake, but we did visit the breathtakingly beautiful Crater Lake (the cleanest and bluest lake in the world) and pray the rosary for peace!
With a little planning ahead last Saturday and Monday (Labor Day), after hearing that our friends might be visiting, our older children got a jump start on their studies and they were still able to write their first papers for the year and checked nearly all the little boxes on last week's checklists! It might not have looked
anything exactly like I usually would have planned, but it ended up being the perfect start to our school year!
Today we have been enjoying some much needed downtime and tomorrow will be our "official" first day of school for the new school year, even though the children are really learning all the time... One of the many benefits of homeschooling!
What a blessing it is to be able to home educate our children!
I hope your school year is off to a wonderful and blessed start as well.
Prayer to Our Lady for Homeschooling Parents
Blessed Mother, as you so humbly and graciously accepted God's will to bear and raise His only son, and to guide him in wisdom and virtue, help me in the instruction and education of my children. Pray to your Heavenly Son to grant me the grace and strength to assist in their learning, overcoming tiredness and discouragement. Assist me in the management of my home, so that I may be able to keep order and peace, despite the challenges of schooling within it. Intercede for me, imploring Our Heavenly Father to bestow upon me wisdom, not for my own sake, but so that I may form my children's minds and hearts, so that they may grow into strong adults, helping to shape the world for His glory, and ultimately inheriting the kingdom of heaven. Call upon your heavenly angels to stand by my side, with their great intelligence, to help me understand that which I am instructing, and assist my children in learning of same. We humbly ask this through your beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.