May 20, 2011

Just Thinking

I have been absent a lot. I know, all understand though.

You know there are times when you are filled to overflowing with stuff to talk about and need to get it out. Then there are times when you are busy pondering and thinking and praying about things that you keep hidden inside for awhile before it's ready to come out.

That's where I've been.

The last few weeks I've been introduced to some ideas that just seemed weird at first, but the more I looked into it, the more it really resonated with me. So I've been using my computer time to research it and think about it, talk with my husband about it and pray about it.

Also, I had a major injury last Saturday. I did not break my foot, but a shelf from a bookcase fell on it and it has been BADLY swollen and bruised all week. I have not been able to do much at all. We have had a major lowering of standards :) But this has taught me something; for one, I am not so tired when I am spending more time doing things slowly, doing less things and resting more. Duh.

The other thing is that some things really aren't that important. I may have only 5 things on my to do list, but it is a challenge to actually do them. I am so slow! Working in the kitchen and making the bed is difficult!

This brings me back to the interesting ideas I've been pondering. For the past year I've been so drawn to the blog SouleMama. Their way of life looks so meaningful and simple, and while I don't know if they are Christians, their life is one to be modeled. So I started searching some of the things they do which brought me to something called Waldorf.

Not the hotel :) But a method of teaching children and a way of living. The man who created it has some beliefs that I don't agree with, but he spent his life studying children and how they learn. What he developed is that children are spiritual beings (duh) and should be treated as such. Of course I don't believe in reincarnation or anything at all, but the truth is we are spirits that live in physical bodies.

So the way a child is handled and taught is a lot different than mainstream society. Not only that, but the people I've been reading talk a lot about rhythms, like routines, that construct the day and week and year. The idea is that little ones depend on a daily rhythm or flow to learn and grow and be at peace. Seasons and marking special days during the changing of seasons helps to differentiate the year to them.

There is also an emphasis on natural things. Natural simple and few toys, natural fibers for clothes, no screen time at all (tv or computer etc.) and simple whole foods diet is recommended. In fact, if you send your children to a Waldorf school, you have to agree that there will be no TV watching for them or loud rock music at home. Thought that was sort of funny since rock was the only thing that calmed my second daughter.

There is much much more to it, but that's the basics. I have found a lot of Christians who also use this method of education and home life and that really helps me see it from that perspective. What are some things I want to do?

Well, I've been really deeply purging out stuff. Most of the girls' toys will be leaving. These will be replaced with handmade and more natural toys from various online shops and from There are some really neat things out there. My girls just don't play with loads of toys anyways and it sure makes cleaning difficult. We are keeping the Barbies, although they will be pared down. Sarah just loves them too much :)

I plan to work in a lot of nature into our rooms including a nature table, which is the norm for Waldorf families/schools. I sort of already do this anyways.

Mainly though, is creating a family rhythm that flows well and accomplishes all it needs to. Waldorf education emphasizes the need for children to do practical work, called meaningful work. But it is not done in a hurried or grudging way. It is taken slowly, to enjoy the process. My goal for the beginning of the summer is to teach the girls how to wash dishes after each meal, how to make their beds pretty, how to lovingly take care of everyone's clothes and things and how to do some cooking. This likely will take a lot of time. We have other things coming that will be worked in, such as swimming lessons, a family vacation at some point, fun outings, ball games, I will have a few cakes to make and so on.

But, I also want to work in lots of crafts and projects, such as dying yarn, watercolor painting, trying something called needlefelting and a little hand sewing.

It is my personal belief that time is very short before Jesus comes. I want to quit messing around and do what I a called to do. I don't want to part of the herd, but willing to do something different to accomplish eternal work. That first work is my children. So what if things are left undone and messy? I want them to know that they are the most important, and that I love them enough to teach them.

This does not mean we are going to homeschool. At this point that is not the right path for us. Mixing all of these things should be interesting, but that's ok. The point is we do what we are led to do.

I am sure I will be talking more about this soon, there's just so much floating around in the head right now. I have pages and pages of thoughts written in my notebook on it!

Today I will be working on the Angry Birds cake for a little boy. Angry birds is an iphone game that is quite popular. It consists of slingshotting some angry birds to hit some green pigs inside a structure. Here's a picture :

I am making a cake to look like the iphone- flat rectangle- with the stuff standing on top in a 3d look. You'll just have to see it later! I can't explain it well.

May 12, 2011

I am back

Hi everyone. Of course when I make the decision to blog again I don't show up for a few weeks.

It's just out of my routine and it has been pretty busy. Children in sports is a new thing for us and it is time consuming! Our other home is the baseball field, and, there have been lots of birthdays (including mine...) and stuff going on as well.

Yes, I am 29 now :) To many that seems really young, which it is I guess, it's just weird when YOU finally hit that number. I have also been keeping myself busy working on projects like sewing clothes and knitting. There is always something that needs to be done, however I am working real hard to slow down.

One of the things I am badly in need of is a catching up on my sleep. I have not been goo d to myself that last oh, 2 years?! No matter what, it is always hard to get to bed at a decent hour, and then I really regret it the next morning.

I am in a real homemaking slump as well. I seem to have lost all motivation. Things are undone that should be, and one of the reasons is I'm just too worn out. That's bad.

Which is another reason I have not made an appearance here.

On a good note, my combined birthday/Mother's Day gift was a Blackberry phone. I have been on the fence on whether I wanted a fancy phone or not, because it seemed rather unnecessary. Plus, I get really mad at people that are always messing with their phones. But my husband felt I needed to update, so he got me one. I really like it because it has the actual keyboard buttons instead of a touch screen. Plus I can take better pictures and keep track of important dates better! AND, I can talk to my husband without actually talking- texting :)

Also, we have chickens. (did I say that before?) Six of them and they are growing fast! I'll be glad when they can go outside because we have a multitude of baby grasshoppers that need to get eaten before they eat my garden. I need to put up new pictures of the garden as well.

What am I doing right now?
I am dying loads of wool yarn with koolaid- one batch on the stove and one in the crockpot. I did this last winter and it came out awesome! We'll see how this one goes...It's like playing with watercolor painting. Or tie dye, but I have never done that myself. Plan to soon though.

There is much more floating around in my head, but I need to chill for awhile since the baby is finally taking a much needed nap!