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Children, Gratitude, Homeschooling

Not far, never far…a lovely thing

In the still of a Canadian winter night, country dark and waiting… “Stars over snow, And in the west a planetSwinging below a star — Look for a lovely thing…

Children, Homeschooling

Seven Daily Rungs…

Our choices add up. Habits into hours, decisions into days, lists into a life. The way in which we live our moments, our choices for the gift of the next…

Children, Freeze Frame, Mothering Prayer, Out of the Mouths, Peace

Run the River

He is five, a hooded smudge of color trudging through the deep, vast white. I watch from the window, watch the golden lab spring behind him, ahead of him, beside….

Children, Christmas, Love, Quotes

A Story for the Sixth Day of Christmas

A short story by Leo Tolstoy… gather the children around. Read long and thoughtfully… and be deeply moved. “In a certain town there lived a cobbler, Martin Avdéitch by name….

Advent, Children, Christmas

Nest for the Child

“Looking high into winter treesI see the distant nestsCradled in arms of branches Nests: round, full of warmthSoftness in the welcoming centerA circle of earth’s tiny goodnessFlown from the far…

Children, Christmas, CWO

How to Grow Straw for the Manger

‘Tis the season of Advent. We awake, we set out, we come, we arrive. Haven’t we slept too long? Drowsing. Slumbering in the dim and the shadows. But Someone has…

Children, Homeschooling, Morning Gathering

Youtube Learning with Ambleside

A peek into our quiet learning nook (we haven’t kept this site current this year, but we are looking forward to using our online learning journal as a more reflective,…

Children, Family, Homeschooling, Mothering Prayer

Poetic Parenting…

Notes to self as I parent today: Connect…then direct. Instruction can only thrive in the soil of authentic relationship. Before offering instruction, consider how to touch the child gently. Think…

Children, Christmas, CWO, Homeschooling

A Blue Jar and Kingdom Life 101

The blue jar, with its clamp and seal lid, stands as the centerpiece of our living space, the essence of life’s lessons. The first rays of day illuminate the vessel’s…

Children, Family, Love, WFMW

Retuning Relationships

It had been a long day, with a few jarred hearts and some soul-bruising. His young frame filled the doorway. (When did that happen?) “Wanna play this game with me?…

Children, CWO, Family, Homeschooling

How to teach Children to Give…

How do we teach a child to lose his life, so he may find it? Jesus whispers the answer: “It is enough that a disciple be like his teacher” (Matthew…