Category Archives: Parenting

GATHERING STRENGTH

It has been 10 years since I had a really good visit with my dear friend, my painting easel. AND, it has been 10 years since my first child was born. It’s no coincidence that my easel has been in … Continue reading

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THE PIÑON PILGRIMAGE

One September, when my first born was just a baby, we started noticing masses of cars parked on our roadside.  Alongside the cars were people crouched under trees with buckets in hands.  They seemed to be doing something very important, … 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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FIRST GRADE, A REVIEW

The end of our first year homeschooling, and what a year we had!  Happy to say we fared well. Here, our weather tree is a symbol of our journey. We started in September with a bare tree on a very … 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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DRAGON BREAD

As part of our home schooling each year, we make dragon bread for Michaelmas, decorating the monster with dried fruit and nuts.  We like to use pumpkin seeds for spikes! Michaelmas is celebrated in honor of Saint Michael, who was … 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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