There were wonderful submissions for October, and I'm excited to point out some of my favorites. But first, a bit about what we've been up to...
Starting the Discussion
We had a couple chilly, rainy weekends here and my body went into hibernation mode! I didn't feel like doing anything with my leisure time but lie on the sofa reading. That has meant lots of catching up in my commonplace book and lots less work in my nature journal. Is everyone else as seasonal in their keeping habits? This is actually why I schedule my keeping: I have small personal goals so that I'm always stretching myself, just a bit, encouraging myself to grow in understanding and in practice. But I absolutely do embrace those seasonal shifts beyond that!
This week I spent most of Sunday reading Willa Cather's The Shadows on the Rock, which is a beautiful novel that I highly recommend. (I stumbled upon this first edition hardcover in a bookstore years ago and it has been sitting on my shelf unread since then!)
I came across this relevant quote about the practice of keeping a Calendar of Firsts:
Another fun bit from our keeping this month: I did a progressive peek at my weekly nature journal entry over in my Insta-story...
I think I might do more like this now and then because it was kinda neat!
This Month's Round-Up
Some beautiful moments captured over on Instagram this month -- I especially love that fall leaves have nearly taken over the feed!
|aolander - jeffsjessie - italianfarmgirl19 - athena_amidstthereeds|
theycallmemommy618 - all.saints.academy - beuniqueheather - angelaboord
ambervanderpol - vlcjrogers - sarahjokim - dove_tania
Melanie shares bits of her keeping life: notebooks, posters, pressed flowers in the window, and a mother's snapshots of her time with her children -- because that's what we do as mothers, isn't it?
I found Nancy's suggestions toward a citizenship notebook to be tremendously inspiring. Even though I'll save the formal keeping of this nature until my kids are a tad older, her comments here affected our Plutarch discussions this past month very fruitfully. Don't miss it!
Looking for some fall fun? My Peace in the Puzzle is leaf stamping into nature notebooks with her littles. (Right alongside The Iliad and Til We Have Faces -- there's a lot going on in her home!)
Lisa notes some favorite Amy Carmichael passages that are both beautiful and convicting.
Carol is always drawing such interesting connections among books she's reading, and this month is no exception: peeks at heavy-hitting commonplace entries from Chesterton, Tozer, Wallace, and Chambers.
I cheered at Gina's post: I am a CM student too. (I am!)
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