Some years ago, when we only had two kids, I was frustrated at not being able to find a Catholic prayer book for children that was illustrated with fine art. So Dom and I put together a prayer book for our kids using some of my favorite classic art and my favorite basic Catholic prayers. […]
It seems we’re on a homeschooling roll here at The Wine Dark Sea. It will probably settle down as we settle into our school year. But for now what we’re doing is at the top of my mind. This post, though, refers to books we were reading a couple of weeks ago. Things have just […]
Looking at a digital sign outside one of the museum cafes. The sign was some contemporary art piece that Sophie wanted me to read to her. I love the expressions on all the kids’ faces, captivated by the moving lights. On Thursday Mom and I took the kids to Boston for a visit to the […]
In the past year Bella and I had developed a pretty good habit of snuggling down in the afternoons while the boys were napping to read several chapters from the various read alouds that we have going. (Usually we have somewhere between 3 and 6 books in rotation at any given time and we read […]
Sophie loves to make pictures with her ketchup. Part of me—the part that worries about what other people think—wants to tell her not to play with her food; but the greater part wants to revel in her creativity. We went to Michaels and I let the kids each buy a package of stickers. Sophie chose […]
The soldier has a lance piercing Jesus’ side. You can see the nails in Jesus’ hands and feet. Bella says the rainbow, flowers, clouds, and wreath above Jesus’ head symbolize Heaven.
It’s really late now, after the feast of the Presentation so the Christmas season is gone no matter how you stretch the definition. But I wanted to write a bit about the books the kids got for Christmas and Epiphany. Perhaps it’s just as well that I’m only getting to it now because I can […]
Homeschooling has kind of stalled out for us since before Christmas. It’s not that Bella isn’t learning, I’m sure; but formal lessons of any kind have fallen by the wayside as I’ve not had much energy for gathering myself into a purposefulness. So today it was a wonderful surprise to find ourselves stumbling into a […]