Monday, March 19, 2007
Feast Day of St. Joseph
Ah, the excitement was in the air early this morning. This, THIS was the day that Mommy made cream puffs!
I know there are so many moms out there that do a much better job incorporating the liturgical year into their home lives, but at our house, things tend to revolve around food and decorations. The way I view it, I'm creating little mental pegs that my children will be able to hang more information from as they get older.
If that means cream puffs, so be it.
Of course, during our homeschooling day we read about St. Joseph, and I had the children draw a picture of him and write something about him (appropriate to their ages). It is always a thrill for me to see exactly what they have retained, and what their mental images are of the saints we discuss. Sean (my oldest) did a great job writing a page on St. Joseph... although as he watched his sister Reilly draw a picture of the Nativity, a discussion ensued over the names of the wise men, which resulted in him turning Melchior into "Melt-ior," and drawing a mighty fine picture of a man melting (with an appropriate look of distress on his face) on the top of the paper.
I would love to be the picture-perfect model of what a Catholic homeschooling family should look like, but that just "ain't gonna happen." We learn, we joke around, and sometimes, we're only excited about the desserts that are associated with a certain feast day.
I don't feel too bad about that.
I went to a parochial school for a good part of my elementary/junior high years, and I got a healthy dose of catechesis mixed with the natural goofing around that comes from little kids. Was I the model of reverence at all times? Heck no. Did I take my faith seriously at that age? Again, I can't say I did. It was just a "given," but I didn't focus on it more than that.
But the Holy Spirit was at work, even then. The lessons sunk in deeply, and when He was ready, He brought it back up so that He could use it. I pray that He will do the same for my children.
In the meantime, enjoy another cream puff and watch out for Melt-ior!
UPDATE: for next year, I'm going here for some coloring pages!