What is Mason à la Maison?
Translated from French to English, it means Mason at Home.
The Mason referred to is, of course, Charlotte Mason and the “à la Maison” is the fact that I am a homeschooling mom living in northern France.
More than this, Mason à la Maison is a lifestyle. I am Christian, American, mama to 4 beautiful children and wife to a wonderful French man. When we decided to homeschool our children, our research led us to Charlotte Mason and we went no further. It was the perfect fit for our God-fearing, nature-loving beliefs. We believe in Jesus as our Savior. We love exploring nature. Children are born persons. Books are the main tool of learning. And not just any books, living books.
But it is also a journey. I am constantly learning more about God, faith and our world. And this fits in, as well, to the Charlotte Mason philosophy. We are to be ever learning, even as parents. As the good lady so eloquently states, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” (Charlotte Mason (2013). “School Education”, p.144, Simon and Schuster)
And this is what I try to recreate in my home. Sometimes I am successful; but just as often I fail. And fail spectacularly. But there is a beauty in failure (though I rarely see this at the time). God, himself, has told us this is good. One of my favorite passages is from Romans 5:3-5(KJV): “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
Charlotte Mason’s philosophy on nature has also guided me to my current interests in herbal study. My children and I have a newfound love of being outdoors, far from the city, around the very nature God has created. We have even been learning how to use God’s own creation to heal ourselves of minor ailments, the way our ancestors did so many years ago.
In this blog, I will be exploring everything from faith to home management to nature to French and everything in between. I will be sharing my personal journey in order to encourage, support, and even commiserate with you.
I invite you to partake in this journey. Please share in my successes and failures; I want to encourage you as we learn together how to navigate this life given so graciously to us by our Father. I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter (though rarely).
My story is unusual and I know that many people have questions of what brought me to France, what its like, do I miss the US, etc. This is why I welcome all questions. I hope to answer many of them in future posts but also respond promptly to all emails. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.