Just slipping in a sneak peak into Abundance House during these first weeks of the new year. An internet fast is under way this first month. Don't over wonder about it. I intentionally chose not to do an absolute fast of the internet. Time and space was left for quick little blog visits, school research, and other "necessary" tasks. You know, like pinteresting ideas for Miss Mustard Seed's early Autumn graduation from high school.
Whoa! Wait a minute. Early Autumn? Yes. The girl wanted sunflowers and sunflowers are in bloom early Autumn. So...naturally we took advantage of home education's flexibility, doubled up on this year's classes, and made room for an unconventional graduation. All for the love of sunflowers. Even with an afternoon visit to Pinterest, the fast has still not been broken. Like I said, time and space were intentionally put in place. It's a necessary thing in a large agricultural family. Trust me on this. Flexibility is needed.
Mornings of the new year have looked different with the fast. Instead of Mama checking and sorting emails first thing after breakfast, two littles and I snuggle up on the sofa for school read alouds. We're reading Little Britches by Ralph Moody right now. We finished up Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder last week. Confessing that we usually end up reading more chapters than we intend, just because we want to know what comes next. This no internet, except for the ultra necessary, is turning out to be the redeemer of my favorite time of the day, morning. Not sure how our lives will be affected by this fast but knowing that if nothing else our morning rhythms are changing, and I like it alot.
Snuggling in for another read,
P.S. - There are a lot more hot chocolate, peppermint tea, and tall glasses of water being enjoyed all together too, sometimes with snacks. A natural relaxing rhythm that vaguely resembles the partaking of morning and evening tea has developed. It is a peaceful, homey rhythm that makes me smile.