Nature Journals for Children

Nature Journaling with AuthenticVirtue.com

They [children] must be let alone, left to themselves a great deal, to take in what they can of the beauty of earth and heavens; for of the evils of modern education few are worse than this––that the perpetual cackle of his elders leaves the poor child not a moment of time, nor an inch of space, wherein to wonder––and grow. At the same time, here is the mother’s opportunity to train the seeing eye, the hearing ear, and to drop seeds of truth into the open soul of the child, which shall germinate, blossom, and bear fruit, without further help or knowledge of hers.” – Charlotte Mason

Oh, the joys of being able to create lovely things. My library students have recently finished the read-alouds we began long ago. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and White Fang were excellent winter season activities but the warming weather is calling for something more active.

Our school is preparing a small, square-foot style garden for the students. They’ll dig in soil, sow seeds, transplant sprouts and create compost.

It’s really quite delightful.

To add to the fun, the library classes will spend time each week in their individual nature journals. We’ll ask questions, make observations, collect specimens, and draw sketches of the life we find.

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I found these inspiring questions from The Minimalist Guide to Nature Journals.

Needless to say I think this is the best thing ever.

What creative task is keeping you busy? Do you keep a nature journal?

Love, blessings and a lot of coffee,

Frannie

Chalkboards + Pep Talks

Chalkboard Love

Hello, sweet people and welcome.

Have you ever found that you just love something? A style, color or texture that, no matter its current popularity, you find yourself drawn to?

Sweet friend, indulge that love. Whether its a fascination with gingham, chickens or hand lettering, do what you enjoy. Often, we’re tempted to decorate, dress or behave in ways that are contrary to our God-fashioned nature. I can’t count the times I’ve bought something or dressed in a way simply because it’s what a darling friend does or magazine cover prints.

Confidence in being at peace with your love for chickens, English garden roses or quirky style is a sign of maturity and grace.

Chalkboard love

My style? Maryjane shoes, feminine, calf-length skirts, big headscarves, and peacoats. My hobbies? Handlettering, decorating, writing, and reading. My favorites? Sunshine, chalkboards, lattes, gifts, and country landscapes. My décor style? Cottage, Hobbit-home, Shabby, Home-y, Warm.

Chalkboard loveChalkboard loveWhen we learn to be okay with our unique personalities and enjoyments we learn to smile more, worry less and blossom right where we are at.

It’s lovely.

Be you, sweet person. Tell me, what are your favorites? I would love to know.

Love, blessings, coffee (and a whole lotta chalkboards! 😉 )

Frannie

A Monday Moment // Blogging Break

Autumn

Things will be quiet around here — the leaves, cold evenings and desire for country-side are calling me and I cannot say no. As I spend evenings playing games, mornings drinking coffee and moments relaxing in the presence of loved ones I’ll also be dreaming of new posts, new adventures and new challenges.

In the mean time I hope you can find a cozy, old blanket, a cup of hot something and enjoy these few fall time favorites of mine.  These beautiful links lead to a lot of refreshment and Autumn relaxation for me — and for you I wish the same.

For the Musical Folk

For the Cottage-loving Souls

For the Readers

For the Pinterest-People

For the Nostalgic

With much love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

 

June’s Favorite Things

Hello, sweet readers!

June.

Can you believe that it is already June?

Our last month was full of good things: kissing sweet nephews, visiting with family (on all sides!), early morning coffee visits with my mom, special date days together, essential oil fun, meeting new friends  and celebrating birthdays with loved ones.

I felt like I was growing more into an adult woman when I (one) invested in a good pair of shoes (not my traditional Target spree :), (two) started pursuing small but meaningful steps to healthy living and pre-pregnancy health, (three) volunteered at a church function …  while not really knowing anyone, (four) went to a neighbor’s bbq all by myself as hubby was hard at work (not something this shy introvert normally does ;), (five) wrote an article on the Duggar family’s recent events (I normally stay away from controversial subjects), (six) made big, grownup decisions that involved saying some no’s, a lot of yes’s and working with a busy schedule. Overall, I feel a little more woman-ly … which seems to be a funny thing for a twenty-five year old to say.

My most favorite thing this month?

When the Heart Calls

Ah! If you haven’t seen this series but love all things quirky, romantic, old-fashioned and wholesome please check hop on Netflix and enjoy!

The lovely, original story (filled with Christian values) has me falling in love with Elizabeth Thatcher, her students, miner towns and all things homey. I mean, I’ve been lighting candles, baking, and wearing aprons far more then usual (although, guilty, I do do those things … a lot).

Womanhood by Bethany

This article.

It is the epitome of all that I am and have been. Each sentence describes the feelings I have been unable to phrase since I began dating Dalton, became engaged, married and now try to live the grown-up life with my beloved (which is such a special treat, ya’ll).

Do read this.

If you are one of my fellow awkward, change-dreading readers (like myself) who has found the adjustment into adulthood crazy enjoy knowing that you are not alone and someone has put all your thoughts into well-formed paragraphs and that it is okay to feel the way you do.

Eggless Cooking’s Gluten-Free Applesauce Banana Muffins

Yum.

These works-of-wonder just came out of the oven and I am practicing the greatest restraint not eating more.  They are simply delicious and for being gluten-free, eggless, dairy-free and refined sugar free they are divine.

With love, coffee and a muffin in hand,

Frannie

Strawberrys, Boats and JJ Heller // Favorite Things Series

 
I am a *big* fan of JJ Heller.
 
Her music is as fun as wildflowers in a clean, clear jar and as sweet as strawberry shortcake. And her work is my favorite thing of the week.
 
 
“When I’m with You”
 
“The Boat Song”
 
“Meant to Be”
 
“Your Hands”
 
“If You Fall”
 
 
If you listen closely enough, you’ll learn a lot about love, faith and life.
 
Who have you been listening to lately?
 
With love, hugs and coffee!