A friend gave us this beautiful Christmas candle decoration! (above) What a gift, the children found it magical and stared at it in wonder in the candle light of many an evening. It reminded me of all my German grandmother's wooden Christmas ornaments! It will be treasured for years to come!
(note the pictures below are from our new Year Day walk in our favourite spot.
Boo had a really quiet birthday.
Her big present was a beautiful wooden xylophone.
She is such a sweet and gentle spirit.
Although it was such a quiet day, she said it was the "very best birthday ever"
Faith, kitchening, gardening, keeping the home tidy and comfortable. Friends, crafting, creating and learning about things that are relevant to us and deeply interest us.
These are the essentials.
Anything extraneous that causes stress to any of the most important things must be put aside.
These are the quiet and simple resolutions that I am making this coming year.
Matilda has lost 4 teeth along the top of her mouth and two along the bottom over the last few months.
With these physical changes have come great leaps in maturity and independence.
I find myself missing her babyhood while being inspired by the funny, creative, quirky character she is becoming.
In February she will turn seven.
A very important transitional age in the Steiner philosophy.
It is the age where a child will truly descend into their body and begin to move from purely their will into their heart.
It is the age where imagination begins to bud and blossom.
This year I hope to be strong in my vision, yet soft in my application of that vision, always ready to drop all for love whatever that love might look like or ask of me.
I have thought about what my word of the year should be and as usual many different words came to mind so I decided to write the ones that spoke most clearly to my soul and put them in a hat and leave it to fate.
The chosen word for the year ended up being "gentle"
I think it is nudging me toward an unforced, natural, path and pace.
Reflecting the words, that I find, in my life, turn to time and time again.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Gentle, Rest, Peace.