(First Day of School Photo)!
We like to begin our new cycle of learning on this very special Feast of the Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary. It's such a special day to celebrate the passing of Our Lady from her perfect earthly domain to that of perfection in heaven with her son and Our Lord, and God the Father Almighty.
I had many special things planned for our first day of the year and it all went pretty much as planned. In the morning after Prayers and Devotions and reading from Mary Mother of God by Tomie de Paola, we worked on our long-awaited Rosary Shelf Crafts so beautifully showcased at Alice's Cottage and by Dawn of By Sun and Candlelight. We were unable to do these beautiful shelves during Mary's Month of May as we were moving, however, I think they were just as special for a day like the Assumption!
This is the top of Seamus's shelf. He painted special crosses on it!
Here is the top of Matthias's. We found some lovely religious stickers at JoAnn fabrics of all places!
And this is Violet's! We sealed them with Mod Podge and then an Acrylic Clear Coating over the top and here are the finished shelves with l their special things on them. As a Special gift for the Assumption the Head Master and I gave each of the dear children a new Marian Statue and (thanks to Dawn) they each have their own Holy Water Bottles atop as well!
In order again Seamus's, Matthias's and then Violet's! You'll notice on hers there is also a beautiful yarn God's Eye which we also made after we finished the shelves!
After our morning of crafts we went to a lovely 12:15pm Mass for the Solemnity and then had lunch with the Head Master, that was a real treat for us all!! We were invited to dinner at some wonderful new home schooling friends and so we celebrated with them as well! The kids took their God's Eyes as gifts and I made Sour Cream Cheesecakes for dessert with fresh raspberries and blueberries! It was a beautiful day of celebration in honor of Our Dear Lady!