Feed Thy Self

As we come to the end of January I am certain that everyone is feeling that weariness for everything settling into our bones. Motivation and inspiration are on short supply so I thought I would write to you some wonderful quotes/thoughts from different authors and peoples to bring you a little spring to these long winter days. As our children need feeding on beautiful things that we so readily offer them so to do we ourselves need regular feeding on that which brings us joy and feasting. Do not deny yourself, feed thy self.

                                                  Education is the science of relations.
                                                                                                   - Charlotte Mason
Quick explanation: Children will come to form relationships with the things they are exposed to thus it is important that we are careful what they see and hear. A lovely selection from truth, goodness, and beauty will ensure that they are spending time with good friends and good thoughts. A great example of this is forming a relationship with a character in a book or a bird that they have come to watch at the feeder. The more time they spend with a lovely companion the more they will come to recognize what is truly good and beautiful.

             If you have much, give of your wealth, if you have little, give of your heart.
                                                                                                      - Proverb
            Some one planted trees for me before I was born, and I have eaten the fruit. I 
            now plant others that the memorial of my gratitude may exist when I am dead
            and gone. 
                                                                                                       - John Van Dyke 

            Recall it as often as you wish, a happy memory never wears out. 
                                                                                                          - Libbie Fudim

            To love Him is life, to lose Him, death; to live in Him and for Him, delight. He
            is mine by gift, I am His by debt.  
                                                                                                           - St Robert Southwell

            Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
                                                                                                           - 16th Century Poet

           I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish                    small tasks as if they were great and noble. 
                                                                                                        - Helen Keller
          O Lord, that lends me life lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
                                                                                                       - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2

          A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
                                                                                                          - Ralph Waldo Emerson

          Give your child a single valuable idea, and you have done more for his education
          than if you had laid upon his mind the burden of bushels of information.
                                                                                                     - Charlotte Mason