Friday, October 3, 2014

Moon Time

I just finished Moon Time by Lucy Pearce.
It had many issues covered about women's cycles and health--it was a pretty exhaustive touch on all areas that seem to come up.  For a while, I read things here and there about aligning our cycles to those of the moon, and this book reinforces that principle.  Many women claim that they suffer less and feel more attuned to relevant connections.

I like that this book has possibilities for women of all comfort levels in terms of honoring themselves, taking care of their needs and seeing our natural progress as quite special.  I can definitely recommend this one.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Michaelmas 2014

We had a good little feast for Michaelmas.  While we did abandon dragon bread and golden silks/capes, we have enjoyed stories and talk of bravery.  We decided to talk about how we can be brave in our lives and how we have been in the past.  Reg Down's The Most Beautiful Dragon in the Whole World was what we told at this evening's supper.

It was a beautiful day at Tallulah Gorge (where we were visiting and attended an intro to geocaching talk).  We spent very little time out on the trails, but we enjoyed the bit we did.  It is starting to feel like Autumn.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Faith Unraveled

I just finished Faith Unraveled: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask Questions by Rachel Held Evans (her blog is quite good too).
This one is quite a page turner.  For the first few chapters, I mostly nodded and smiled knowingly as I was in on so much of the lingo, so many of the Evangelical Christian concerns.  It almost felt like watching the movie Saved for me.  (Ok, maybe I'm a little snarky?)

Her path is similar to my own, and I really appreciate that the place she ends up isn't one of despair but rather of renewed hope.  She is more interested in the Community coming together to have these conversations and wander (and wonder) through the questions together than having clear answers.  Her conclusion is that you can doubt things about God without doubting God.  There's so much more to the book than this conclusion though--so many of those amazing moments when I had those tears of recognition etc.  The ending is priceless as she looks at what children really want when they ask an adult questions and how those questions should be answered (most powerfully with stories of course).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Michaelmas Preparation: Shooting Stars

We were really taken with the wet-felted shooting stars we've seen in past years that some Waldorf families make for Michaelmas, so we made our own.  Rather than dye the wool roving this time, we purchased some with a few pertinent colors in it.  We thankfully had some ribbon that would do the trick of tails.

Eleni is already having fun throwing them to be our shooting/falling stars.  That wool really does feel fantastic.  There are other examples of ways to do these stars like here and here.  I think besides doing some dragon bread, this year we'll also dye some capes of light.

We did some purple liquid watercolors in honor of Michaelmas daisies (and blackberries, for that matter) given the season/stories for Michaelmas.  The verse is one we found that generalizes courage for our theme etc. rather than having to focus on slaying an actual dragon.  We do talk about those stories, but the central point for us is courage.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rainbow Thai Chicken Salad...modified

We tried a pinterest find called Rainbow Thai Chicken Salad from Gimme Some Oven tonight.  Eric isn't wild about avocado, so I kept that to just my salad.  Also, we like lettuce and not as much cabbage so we subbed the green cabbage for romaine lettuce.  Eric also chose to do his own dressing and added tomatoes.  All in all, though, it was a hit!  It also made some leftovers for me.  Further, we had more chicken and more Asian peanut "dressing" left so I mixed them for another meat choice for another meal this week.  I should've taken a picture--sooo pretty.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Unschooling Rules

This is a short read, but it points out a lot of reasons people logically educate their own children in lieu of allowing the government to do it.  So much of it makes you think (whether you're the educator or the parent) about what kids need to flourish and develop their own thinking.  This one was under $3 on the kindle--very worthwhile.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Body Pod

We have a hammock chair on the front porch, and when the girls remember it, they find it very soothing.  They swing, all snuggled in there and muffle themselves from all the things pressing in on them any given day.  Both girls (very different girls) use it this way.  I was looking at Yogapeutics' site, blogs and aerial yoga hammocks in terms of similar thought (future Christmas gift?).  I like the idea of aerial yoga for more movement in our lives in general.  The only place I can imagine it going would be right in the middle of our reading room where we can easily shuffle rocking chairs to the side.

A more affordable and different item that we currently await through the mail is called a body pod.  I think it could be just plain fun, but it's soothing.  So are some of the other things we like to keep around like the chair on the porch, a bean bag in the reading room, rocking chairs and the curvy board which is soothing in it's rocking motion.

Kids are so overstimulated these days, and if our kids have any "extra" sensitivity, we really need to find ways to help them process and to find calm.  Some people even use a weighted blanket for sleep.  I think Eric and I have a similar desire given our down comforter and down blanket on top of us when we sleep.  It does cocoon us in many ways.

So we ordered a blue body pod.  It'll be like swaddling our bigger kids in a way, but it could also be a really fun rollicking time.

Body Pod Sensory Sock (7-Sizes) Medium Royal Blue
Update: now we have to order another one.  They both like to just be in it whether they're moving around or just chilling.