When you've had deep sorrow to suffer in life, I have found that faith always, always, leads to deeper gratitude and grace. This is where I am in my stage of celebrating life, not to mention having an older child who left home for college last year! I have come to appreciate my littles at home all the more:)
The bread of life continues to sustain me through good times and bad...
Soooo, it is my deepest desire for my children to realize this reliance on God alone. Serving and receiving Him as much as possible is the goal... But most certainly on the first day of school. We share in Jesus, the breakfast of champions and then head out for a rare treat...breakfast "out"...
With the Principal:)
Our 9th grader no longer schools at home with us so he missed out on breakfast, bummer for him:( Thankfully, Mass is early enough so he got to altar serve with the younger sibs on their first day and still "gets the honor", as I say, to altar serve a couple of days a week.
I had fun making these cute signs for the "home crew!" These clever (and free) chalk board printables can be found at Everyday Party, through Pinterest. My friend Patty will be so proud of me:) Did I mention that Pinterest is my newest friend? I just clipped them onto clipboards that I had on hand!
I don't homeschool that many children, compared to some families I know, but I think this table display would be a good way to make a large group of kids feel special. Sometimes it's hard to make individual treats since it can be very time consuming for busy Mamas.
Love these pencil tags found at eighteen25!
One Charming Party offers these clever tags for highlighters!
These Pencil holders made from Pringles cans. Genius idea, right?
You could fill them with school supplies, anything. I filled ours with little fruit snacks and treats. To add a little faith, I printed out the Patron Saint of student tags that Jessica created at Catholic Cuisine. Then I added this little prayer on the back.
I was really thrilled with how they turned out! A big thank you to Not Just A Mommy who gives excellent and detailed instructions!
*It was a fantastic first day, indeed*
Here's our group back-to-school photo with the older boys. The world is our classroom from Rome to home.
(Big brother recently departed for his Rome semester)
Darn, he wouldn't let me steal away in his suitcase!
Happy New School Year to all of our family and friends!
Don't forget to keep it real:)