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.