Samuel and I have been learning Latin this year as part of our dive into classical education. It has been a highlight of my day to share something new with my smart 8 year old. Thankfully, he doesn't seem to mind drilling the flash cards with me.
One of my favorite words we've memorized is the word silva meaning woods or forest. Our home in Michigan has plenty of silva between the house and small canal which leads to Sandy Bottom Lake. It's beautiful here and someday I'm going to come up with a wonderful Latin name for our home incorporating silva.
For now, though, I'm enjoying our first year here observing how the silva changes with each season. Today, it has a fresh layer of snow on every branch big and small. The kids explore; tracking deer, building forts, watching for owls and even ice skating on the frozen water! Driving around the area with several small lakes to see, I feel downright Canadian looking at the ice fishing huts and cleared off hockey rinks.
It's a new world, but I love it.