I am Arielle, wife to Paul and mama to James, Miriam, Sophia and baby Elisabeth (Elsa). We live in Portland, Oregon after a four year sojourn in Philadelphia. We are all SAHers (I am a stay-at-home mother, my husband is a stay-at-home breadwinner, and my kids are beginning stay-at-home learners) and we worship God in the Orthodox church. I am a knitter, a gardener, and a hopeful DIYer as we embark on making our first house a home.
About our Homeschool
After a few early years of mixing the ideals of Waldorf, Montessori, and Charlotte Mason early childhood pedagogy, we have planted ourselves firmly at Miss Mason’s feet. We started following the curriculum of Ambleside Online from our oldest’s first grade year and haven’t looked back! I still love the early childhood that the Waldorf philosophy provides, so we try and keep that in the mix for the little ones. An unexpected benefit of following a Charlotte Mason education for my children is that it has inspired me to follow right along and re-educate myself using her methods. Miss Mason’s methods are not methods for a certain age – they are for humans. I truly feel like my children and I are on a grand adventure together.
About cill dara
I named this space in honor of St. Brigid of Kildare. Kildare is spelled cill dara in the Irish language and means “church of the oak.” It was the name of the monastery St. Brigid established in Ireland, and reminds me that each Christian home is to be a “little church.” For years I dreamed of having a farm and naming it Cill Dara, but real life turned out to be much better suited to our lovely house in the suburbs. In a bit of serendipity, we chose a house under an enormous oak tree, so this is our domestic church of the oak. St. Brigid, in addition to being a saintly, generous woman and abbess, was accomplished in all domestic arts, including spinning and weaving and for a time managed a large household. Her creativity and diligence in service of Christ is an inspiration to me.