The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Growing Strong Roots

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Laura Bruno Lilly, nominated me for The 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you for the nomination, I feel honored. This is day three in the challenge.

The rules for the challenge are:

– Thank the person who nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day.
I guess I kind of slightly bend, the 1 quote a day rule. I’ve never been good at following rules.)
– Share why this quote appeals to you so much
– Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

Today I’m bringing you into our classroom. My daughter and I, have been working on a “Tree Theme” project, for a couple weeks. We learned to identify local trees, learned about their place in the eco system, planted trees, propagated trees, and learned about what a tree needs to thrive. Yesterday we finished the theme (for this time,) by painting a tree, showcasing some of the things we learned.

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. – Hal Borland

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Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.

– Joyce Meyer

I see my opportunity to be an active part of my daughter’s education as a great blessing. I take my responsibility very seriously. I have a background as a teacher, and I have a BA in Early Childhood Education, still I spent a lot of time thinking of different aspects of her education. It’s less routine, and more feel, when it’s your own child. I can build our school days around her interests, but I have to make sure I cover everything she needs to live a successful life. I think about this a lot.

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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. – Marcus Garvey

I believe a good education needs to include all of this, which is without a limit, when you think about it. So much to consider. Time, a lot of time, with my daughter, is my best help in achieving this. The best opportunities to learn is seldom in the classroom, which I realized when I started to work as a teacher years ago.

A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity. – Alexander Smith

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A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. – Saint Basil

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When you draw or paint a tree, you do not imitate the tree; you do not copy it exactly as it is, which would be mere photography. To be free to paint a tree or a flower or a sunset, you have to feel what it conveys to you: the significance, the meaning of it.

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

I believe a tree, and a child, have many things in common. They obviously have to grow strong roots. They have to be given room to grow, enough space to drink the rays of the sun. They also have to be watered, encouraged, and fed proper nutrients. I think both these processes, the tree growing, and the child growing, are beautiful, worth dedicating a lifetime to.

My next blog post is going to be about an experiment that my daughter and I did, as a part of our Tree Theme. To be continued about that…


My three nominees for this last part of the quote challenge is;

Cindy, the beauty she shares, has served as a source of inspiration, for a few years now.

Kathleen, a relatively new blogging friend, who’s interesting thoughts, and life,  captivates me.

Last, but not least, Terri. Her fascinating posts are school examples of a great blog post. Every single one of them. Her photography, and content, are so well balanced, fun, and interesting. I have a lot to learn from her.

I hope you’ll accept the challenge, because I would love to see what you come up with, and I’m sure I’m not alone 🙂



Ms Zen


Art Prints

22815571_10210458802530697_1411943058950566734_nA Sagittarius like myself, loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. You will find the results of my explorations, offered as art prints in my gallery. I’m adding new photos to the gallery as I take them. Enjoy!

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