Classical Quest is one year old today!
|My mom showed up with this cake for my kids out of the blue the other day. "It was on special!" :) So I stuck a candle in it and dubbed it my blogoversary cake!|
This past year of my quest has absolutely been a dream come true.
I'm not exaggerating. Not at all.
I've long dreamed of continuing my education, but there's only so far a person can go on her own without a network of challenging friends to bounce ideas off of! I have been abundantly blessed this year with witty, encouraging, intelligent blog-friends from all over the world. I love you people. Seriously, I do. You keep me on my toes. You propel me forward. You make me think harder, dig deeper, laugh louder. I wish I could give each of you a big hug in person.
Started this blog when my fifth baby was one month old. I had been crawling through the autobiography list from The Well Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had for years. At the rate I was going, it was unlikely that I would have been able to finish the five recommended WEM reading lists in my lifetime.
When I started this blog I was reading The Essays of Montaigne and I was positively aching to find people to discuss my reading with.
I had one faithful follower, my friend Christine, who used to blog at The Good, The Pure and The Lovely. She wasn't interested in reading through the WEM lists with me, but she was interested in encouraging me. I soaked up her praise like a flower in the sun.
I did a Google search for The Well-Educated Mind and discovered three blogs whose authors were reading through the WEM lists too!
A Classic Case of Madness
An Experiment with the Well Educated Mind
The Sunny Patch
|What bliss to find kindred spirits!|
I made the decision to switch from the autobiography list to the fiction list. (It was probably the best decision I've made on this journey so far.)
Read The Scarlet Letter along with my new pals.
Read Moby Dick. Enjoyed it way more than I ever imagined I would.
Read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller Loved the idea of taking an active role as co-author (with God) in writing my own life story.
Joined The Classics Club. Though I haven't participated in many of their events, I have connected with some wonderful blog-friends through the club.
Read Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Participated in Anne Bogel's Blog Carnival at The Modern Mrs. Darcy, "The Book That Changed My Life".
|Writing the post for the blog carnival helped me define the purpose of my quest.|
|My kids conspired with my husband to surprise me with this new bike. I've always wanted a bike with a basket!|
I wrote two posts about Uncle Tom's Cabin which helped me define the way I wanted to use my photography on my blog. After this post and this post I decided to use my own pictures as much as possible.
|Peonies -- my favorites.|
Took a road trip to Ripley, Ohio to visit the Rankin House where Harriet Beecher Stowe received inspiration for Eliza, a main character in Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Read Madame Bovary.
Read Crime and Punishment.
Struggled to write. I had high personal standards for the kind of posts I wanted to create and my active lifestyle with five lively children was not blending well. I see now that I was lacking in two areas: sleep and overall time management.
|As I relaxed on the front porch, my 2yr old brought me daisies.|
|My husband is a master at cooking over an open fire.|
|One of my favorite pictures. I took this while on our family camping adventure last July.|
At the end of July two great things happened that helped propel me forward on my quest: I read an ebook called What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam; and I got a prescription for antibiotics.
In my next post I'll revisit highlights from August to January (including how I handled my first heckler). Thanks for stopping by for my blogoversary! Enjoy a piece of cyber cake. Zero calories!