Childlike Joy and Beauty in the Mundane

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


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Peter has his own little garden, right by the downspout, carefully cultivated and occasionally mulched. He originally planted dandelions and feathers, but added a marigold, tomato, zinnias, and cosmos after he saw the success of his siblings' gardens.

That feather plant, though. It was beautiful in his eyes. Just like the wonder with which Selina Peake describes the simple, jewel-like fields of cabbages upon viewing the countryside for the first time, we encourage the childlike joy that accompanies each discovery of beauty in the mundane.

I'd like to say that we've raised our children to appreciate beauty, but I don't think we've had anything to do with it. I think that any child seeing a flower, an interesting bug, a majestic tree, is so enchanted by these new experiences that he or she can't contain the joy that such beauty evokes. It bubbles over and must be shared. The parents are only the most obvious recipients.


So while I don't think I caused this intense interest in natural beauty, I do what I can to cultivate it.

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How we make the world more beautiful.

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24/52: Going on a Trip

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ten on Tuesday

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I have to warn you, this post is inspired by alliteration. Because I had a few things I wanted to share and I thought I should up it to ten solely for the purposes of this title!



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1. I've been looking for a pretty, not-too-terribly-expensive, embroidered top since *Peter* was a baby. Just found this one and I think it's going to be a winner!

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Friday Night Musings {7QT}

Friday, June 8, 2018

Well, the kids are in bed, Andrew and John Paul are at a baseball game, and I've done all the gardening I can manage for the night... How about some quick takes?


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The Rosary We Couldn't Break

Friday, June 1, 2018

Here's the thing: I can't manage to keep a rosary without breaking it. Fancy ones, cheap ones, anything but knotted ones (we haven't broken ANY of those but sometimes you want beads)... They're in pieces, or in one LONG piece but no longer shaped like a rosary. Or tangled together in our rosary basket, left in a giant clump every time we pray a family rosary. Mostly I just use my fingers.

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