Jan 23, 2015

Loving Living Books: Roger Duvoisin



Ages ago, my father bought a beautiful book that my brother and I read repeatedly.  It was an adorable story about a donkey who felt his ears were too big.  I remember reading it over and over again as a kid.  The story is beautifully written, sweet and simple, but also the artwork is so rustic and charming.

It went to some other sweet child eventually when my brother and I outgrew it, but it was something I remembered as a pleasant memory, along with some other cherished children’s books.  But of course, I didn’t expect it to come back into my life.

And then, I went to a secondhand store and found a copy of the same book.  I was thrilled!  I got to save it and share it with my own sweet darlings.  I have read it to them a dozen times since I got it and I will happily read it to them again, until I put it in a box with some other cherished stories for my future grandchildren.

The book was called Donkey-Donkey and it was written by Roger Duvoisin.  Roger’s artwork is so simplistic and warm, and his stories are worded in a way that they give a great lesson, but are also challenging and captivating.  They are delightful, wonderful stories.

Since I have rediscovered his works, I have also had a chance to pick up some of his other books.  Petunia is a funny little story about a proud little goose who gets the wrong impression about the value of books.  And Veronica is a sweet story about a hippo who learns the wrong way of being conspicuous.

The more I invest and learn about living books, the more I find myself reminising about the wonderful stories I grew up with and I am thrilled that I have the chances to share these stories with my children.  I love them and the sparkle in my daughter’s eyes when she hears me reading them to her.  I now know what my mother experienced reading our stories to us as children.

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Dec 9, 2014

Christmas Break

Just wanted to let you all know that I am going to take a brief break for a few weeks as I enjoy celebrating Christmas with my children and family.  I likely won’t be back to blogging til after January 6th (the last of the 12 days of Christmas).

Wishing you and your family all a wonder holiday season, and may God bless you and your families!


The Sheppard Family

Dec 2, 2014

The Kindness Elves Have Arrived!


We are so excited to be joined by the delightful Kindness Elves this holiday season!  I first heard about them on the brilliant blog, The Imagination Tree, last year and knew right away that I wanted to do it myself this year.  So, when I discovered these adorable little guys at my local Dollarama in early November (gah!  Christmas stuff in early November!), I immediately snatched them up.  They were soft, cute and cheap — perfect for my intended purpose.

We don’t teach “Santa” in our home — we have discussed it with Naomi and explained to her that Santa is another name for St. Nicholas.  So she knows that it’s just me playing a game with the elves.  Nevertheless, it’s been fun to wake up to their antics.  The first day of their arrival, she found them sitting on the stairs, with a little note asking that she give them names.  She named the Red one “Red” and the green one “Purple” (she does know he’s green, she doesn’t have any trouble with colors or naming them).

This morning, Red and Purple asked her to help them come up with a list of names of people she loved that she wanted to show kindness to, as well as some ideas.  It was fun to come up with names of all her friends and family, though she did specify the ones she was shy of and we discussed ways she could be kind to them that she would be comfortable with.

Are the Kindness Elves coming to your home this Advent season?  How are you sharing their fun and antics?  Tell us about it in our comments section!

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Nov 27, 2014

The Good Sheppard Homeschool: Circle Time

Good Sheppard Homeschool

Naomi turned 4 this past May and I was thrilled. This meant that in September of this year, I could begin “homeschooling” her, or rather, preschooling her. I was so excited. This had been my objective since before I met Michael. Finally, I was able to start the grand adventure of homeschooling my children.

Based on our beginning understanding of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy on education, I knew that preschool for us wouldn’t involve a lot of worksheets or readers, but rather a gentle routine that would allow us to grow and develop a passion and love of learning together. I did some research into what a Charlotte Mason preschool should look like, and created a general routine for our days, and I would love to share that routine with you in this new series.

Our homeschooling begins first thing in the morning, before we even get up.  Naomi usually comes into my bed after Michael leaves for work in the morning.  We cosleep with Jude, and she usually snuggles in beside me and we sleep for an hour or so longer after he leaves.  Once we do wake, it’s a wonderful snuggle and cuddle, and we discuss what the day holds — appointments, errands, visits, etcetera.

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The first thing we do in the morning is say our morning prayers.  I have a list of prayers I wanted Naomi to learn this year, although I think it will likely be fewer this year than I expected.  We began with the Hail Mary, as Naomi has a deep love for the Blessed Mother, and after she had that one pretty well mastered, we moved on to the Our Father.After we’ve receited our prayer, we discuss what else we should pray for — a special request, something we are grateful for, a sin we need to confess, etc.  We then pray together, my special girl and I.

After that, we read a story from our 365 Read-Aloud Bedtime Bible Stories book.  Because we only read these on school days, we are not getting through it as quickly as we might like, but to be honest, that’s okay.  I enjoy that this book gives a very basic version of the story, which allows me to elaborate, explain and discuss it in further depth as I see fit for Naomi to understand.  It also gives me the opportunity to bring in other resources, such as episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, as I did with the story of Esau and Jacob.  By the time this is over, we have discussed some very important topics in a fun, loving environment and we are ready to begin our day.  So we get up, make our beds, go get dressed and brush our teeth, and are ready to go downstairs to get the house straightened up and breakfast ready.

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miniMOMist is an account of Mike, Nada, Naomi and Jude's journey into realistic minimalism, with the goal centered around simple living, and enjoying each other rather than things. We are a faith-based family and blog about our belief in God regularly. Our love for one another and our passion for a simple, minimalist life brings us much joy and pleasure.

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