I am a new year’s resolution maker- have been since I was a young teen. I love the idea of a theme or focus for the year! This year, my theme is “Remember!” I have so many blessing for which I am thankful! I must remember every one of them, and from whom they come! I have a purpose, which I need to remember. I need to remember who I am, the ideals for which I stand, and so much more. My remembering assists me in retaining my focus, keeping a positive attitude and my faith, performing challenging tasks, and fighting off boredom in mundane and routine situations. My remembrance of the important, sometimes simple and precious, sometimes complex and intricate aspects of my life holds a critical place in my experiencing joy, appreciation, and gratitude. So, this year, I will focus on remembering, speaking, witnessing, studying, searching scriptures, and living in a way that promotes and manifests my remembrance. I will teach my children to remember what they have learned and assist them each in building their perspective of “the whys”- why they should learn, and why they should remember.
My younger children, Simon, Grace, Abigail, Sonnet, and I are working our way through C.S.Lewis‘ Chronicles of Narnia. (Side note:I love the Chronicles of Narnia! I am a firm believer in reading the entire series and I think that those who read or watch the movies of only the three most popular books are really missing out! The movies are wonderful, yet the series is wonderful when read in its proper order, and full of wonderful imagery and Christian symbolism -for those who are ready- and an awesome adventure for those who just want a good read. Digital versions of the series are inexpensive, and one printing was a paperback 7-in-1 deal, yet I love the illustrations in my paperback copies, which were the 50th Anniversary printing with Illustrations by Pauline Baynes, from 1955, which we’ve read over and over during the past 13 years. If you’re experiencing on your own or want to listen during a commute, the books on disk are available in a set (more expensive, yet fun in its own way), each book touting a wonderful artist/actor (such as Kenneth Branagh or Jeremy North as its reader.)
Today, we began The Silver Chair, which is the sixth installment in the series. The children in the story, Eustace Scrubbs and Jill Pole, learn some key signs, which they must remember, recognize, and to which they must respond to fulfill their “mission.” I found a quiet, yet powerful teaching moment within our literature lesson, which I will remember and reference this year as we study, grow, and progress.
I am so excited for this new year, for my children’s potential and my own. About what areas of your life are you particularly excited or passionate this year?