Sunday, September 20, 2009

Joy in Everyday Living

Let me introduce myself as a contributor to this new CM blog, a journey in which I am so excited to be part of with our dear friends. I am Johnna, a mama of two beautiful blessings, Julia and James. We use Ambleside Online curriculum and just last week started year 2 with our daughter. Our son is 3 and being richly blessed by living in a CM educational atmosphere.

Last year Mary Cassatt was one of three artists we studied. Actually, we really just enjoyed looking at her paintings and talking about them while nourishing our bodies at our kitchen nook. On our table a wrought iron cookbook holder displays the artwork I had printed out from Ambleside Online. Mary Cassatt depicts sweet tenderness in her paintings of mother and child. There is beauty to behold and joy to be felt in our everyday moments with our children. I am so thankful to the Lord Jesus for the little blessings He has given my husband and me to tenderly love and disciple everyday.

"It is wholly impossible to live according to Divine order, and to make a proper application of heavenly principles, as long as the necessary duties which each day brings seem only like a burden grievous to be borne. Not till we are ready to throw our very life's love into the troublesome little things can we be really faithful in that which is least and faithful also in much. Every day that dawns brings something to do, which can never be done as well again. We should, therefore, try to do it ungrudgingly and cheerfully. It is the Lord's own work, which He has given us as surely as He gives us daily bread. We should thank Him for it with all our hearts, as much as for any other gift. It was designed to be our life, our happiness. Instead of shirking it or hurrying over it, we should put our whole heart and soul into it."

by James Reed

A quote found in this classic devotional:


  1. I love the prints Johnna! I think they did Cassat for art study before we started, I may have to switch her in for another at some point. I love this: "It was designed to be our life, our happiness." Beautiful!

  2. I love these too, Johna. They are such a reminder of the simple beauty in our life that needs to be celebrated rather than looked over as unimportant, or seen even as distasteful. Thanks for sharing.