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SAINT BRIGID, KEEPER OF THE HEARTH

PRAYER OF SAINT BRIGID Brigid of the Mantle, encompass us, Lady of the Lambs, protect us, Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us. Beneath your mantle, gather us, And restore us to memory. Mothers of our mother, Foremothers strong. Guide our … Continue reading

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BEING MADE WHOLE

From time to time we are asked to face something unexpected. When this happens, we are often made to look at uncomfortable realities. Last week I was told that my grandmother may not live more than a few days.  If … Continue reading

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PROMISE OF THE RAINBOW

My children come to me each day and hand me a rainbow. They beckon me to come. The path has been paved, they know the way. We can choose to go. The chasm of popular culture, the badlands of everything-at-our-fingertips right … Continue reading

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FIRST GRADE HOMESCHOOL

Well, we officially started first grade homeschool today.  What fun!  “Big” kid circle time games include clapping, stomping and using beanbags to learn numbers, letters and poems.  Learning verses and songs through movement.  Beginning our year with form drawing, an … Continue reading

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SIGNS OF SPRING

Finally, after a long winter, signs of spring are popping up through the leafy remains of last autumn. Grass baskets have been planted with our homeschool group. Following my Mom’s tradition, the Easter Tree has been decorated, with freshly dyed … Continue reading

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STAR CHILDREN

Upon a recent trip to a nursing home to visit family in Oklahoma, I was struck by the very visceral memory of experiencing a nursing home as a child.  The fragility and hopelessness.  The masses of elderly souls in the hallways, … Continue reading

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PUTTING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE

I have not ever forwarded someone else’s blog post, but this story is too amazing to not share.  For all you ultra sensitive parents (like myself), brace yourself, then go and give each of your children a big hug: http://earthchicknits.com/2007/07/16/the-worst-five-minutes-of-my-life/

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OUR LITTLE BABY BIRDS

Two enormous ponderosa pines tower dutifully over the back corner of our home.  I have always thought of them as our guardians, poised tall and firm throughout strong winds and heavy snows, protecting our humble home. It was under these … Continue reading

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PALOMA GRACE KUNZ

An angel was brought here to us last week.  A soft pure spirit.  Warm and wet, placed upon my pulsing stomach.  Her peace untouchable. As she is held in our arms here on earth today, her spirit seems still to … Continue reading

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MYSTERIOUS LIFE

The soft snowy afternoon light streams in through the window as I read to my two girls, one under each arm.  We stop reading to watch the baby move, the shape of my belly taking on strange forms, like some … Continue reading

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