A small Compte Rendu

Compte Rendu is (correctly or incorrectly spelt) an explanation – and I want to offer a small explanation of where the blog has been lurking these last months.

  • Move to Paris
  • Clean (and clean some more) the new flat and put everything in place
  • Set up a new-and-improved Home Ed routine (which had been so badly damaged by learning French at a school, holidays back in Scotland and then preparing to move)
  • A month’s worth of visitors in the house in December and beginning of January
  • Yet another interview with social services (no nice mayor this time, but neither was is a horrendous experience – a post for another occasion)
  • Not forgetting to mention Christmas and New Year (hey, we’re Scots.  Hogmanay counts as important 🙂 too)

I’ve been checking emails and mostly skimming blogs, but have nonetheless come across a couple of things that have kept me from pushing myself to blog.

One is a prayer that I stumbled across at a Holy Experience.  It spoke volumes to me.

The other is knowing that I’m home educating for my girls, and their growth, and their future, and their relationship with the Lord, and our relationship with each other.  And that means that just now, they need me, all of me, present with them,  undistracted by plotting words in my head or potential post titles or any of the other nonsense that my goal-orientated self wishes to push between them and me.

There is enough separation already: through the French administration, the need to plan a meal or two, my own desire for sanity (and hence a little space from small people).  We have intentionally chosen to remain close to our offspring through the means of Home Ed.

I’m sorry, dear Reader, that places you in second position for the moment.

When it all comes together (soon, Lord, please… I do like writing), Iwill have much more to share.


One Lovely Blog Award

Gosh! I’m surprised and delighted that Chelle from Last in Line has thought of this wee blog for a One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you, Chelle, you’ve given me a boost of encouragement 🙂

Chelle has a blog that points us in an eclectic Charlotte Mason direction, with a twist of down-under and lots of ideas. I personally like the lapnotes that she has created. Check her out at Last in Line.

Here are the rules for the awards presentation:
1. Post a thank you from the person who awarded you and include their blog link.
2. Pay it forward to several other bloggers.
3. Comment the blog owners and award them.

I’m going to pay it forward in no particular order to:

Silvia at Homeschooling In a Bilingual School – a bilingual home-edding mamma, in English and Spanish. It is a wonderful thing to have found someone in a similar position to me, who shares her journey beautifully and is liberal in her finds on this website full of free resources.

I’ve also appreciated following Nancy’s journey at La Joie d’Apprendre ie the Joy of Learning, and seeing the beautiful images and ideas for learning. It’s in French, but fear not, there is a lovely little widget that will translate the page for you!

There are two blogs that I keep going back to. One is written by Barb at Harmony Art Mom. A mum with experience and gentle thoughts and words. She also hosts Sketch Tuesday, such a fab idea and a great favourite with my girls.

The second source of encouragement and help has been Nadene’s Practical Pages. The little extra that I particularly appreciate when I receive the updates from her site, is that Nadene reminds me to look to the Lord and not my own strength. This post is an example that I frequently bring to mind when I’m off on one of my self-sufficient excursions.

And in a slightly different direction, Heather writes about life in Haiti at The Story of One Family in Haiti. She has a lovely way of writing and paints thoughtful and thought-provoking posts about her life and family.

Thank you to all of you who generously share a part of your real life with us, here, in the virtual world.