- Father’s Day
These girls have such a great dad. And I have such an amazing partner to parent them with. We kept things pretty simple with cinnamon buns for breakfast, church, some play in the little forest down the street, and (at Peter’s request) buffet dinner at the local Chinese-Canadian restaurant.
- Flowers and food.
Rose and I had an at-home day that I basically spent baking and food prepping which I find very satisfying. Prepped some meals, made a big batch of granola, and made oatmeal cookies for school lunches. The sun is finally sticking around and the temperature is rising so after a very wet spring, things are starting to really grow around here. This week we also picked up our first Farm Box for the year.
- Just…these girls. I love them.
I told Pearl I was going to sit outside and read and she asked if she could join me. Then Rose wanted to join too and so the three of us sat and read our books (for a few minutes at least). Pearl’s reading is really taking off and it’s so cool to see.
Speaking of education…this week marked the end of the school year for Pearl and Peter. Pearl is officially on to grade two in the fall! This also marks a bit of an “end of an era” as next school year we will have two kids in school. I’ll admit, I felt sentimental this past week, thinking about how the ordinary ways I fill my days with Rose will be changing. Running errands, going to the library, taking her to music class – it will all be a little different.
At the same time, I’m so thankful for these past two years that Pearl has had at school and how much she loves it. There is a lot she is looking forward to about summer holidays but she has been sad at the thought of not going to school. I reminded her that we can still get together with her friends and she told me that she will miss learning at school.
I can admit that I have sometimes felt lonely among Christians, as a parent who deliberately sends my kid to public school. Homeschooling is a popular choice for many Christian families I know and while I can see the ways that it fits their families, there can also be this idea that Christians need to “protect” their children from the “dangers” of the public school system. We don’t sound our kids to the local school simply because I have no desire to homeschool or because I long for time away from them. As a family, we are trying to be thoughtful about how we engage with and live with our community and our neighbours. I see public school as a simple but wonderful way to do so. My kids get to meet people and families from all walks of life, some of whom live very different lives than ours. Something as simple as waiting outside the school to pick Pearl up has helped me meet new friends. If we stay at this school, by the time both girls are finished elementary, we’ll have been there as a family for ten years. That’s a decade of my life! As a Christian, I don’t believe that we’re called to seclude ourselves from the rest of the world (and I’m not saying that this is what all homeschooling families are doing but I do see some of this too). Engaging with our neighbours by sending our kids to public school is one way our family chooses to be “in the world but not of it”.
As I was mulling some of these thoughts over, I read this article from Relevant magazine which expresses some of my own ideas too.
And the Dresses: