Sunday, February 2, 2014

Imbolc

It has been a hard, cold, dark, long winter. It is hard to change in the dark and cold. But, change we have. Today, with nothing but faith in the future, we put winter to our backs and pull forward towards the spring. I put these blessings and hopes and wishes forward for all mothers ( and 6 women in particular). Have faith beautiful mothers, in this, one of the oldest practices: motherhood.

Green: that our departed beloveds have gone ahead, not left us behind.

Teal: that visions become alive with clarity, compassion and community

Yellow: that babies be born brightly shining, from births of peace, passion and sanctity. For a baby born to one women, is born to us all. 

Pink: that new friendships bloom, for the light of understanding smiles and tears from another mother.

Orange: that courage to follow new dreams is met with wisdom and open passage.

May we all be blessed, that we may bless the little ones in our care. Be faithful and at peace, mamas. 


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Favorite homeschool/ preschool resources



Philosophy and parent education

www.theparentingpassageway.com
www.rhythmofthehome.com

Lesson plans and curriculum

www.homeschoolshare.com
www.waldorfessentials.com
www.cnps.org/cnps/education/curriculum
www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/horned_lark/id
www.birdsleuth.org

Supplies

www.waldorfsupplies.com
www.novanatural.com
www.imaginechildhood.com
www.dickblick.com


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cultivating abundance

After years of cultivating peace, and learning about acceptance- I feel it's time to stretch a little further. What if, when we ask for just enough- we get just that. What if, instead of feeling guilty asking for more- what if, in having more it spreads like water on a cloth? Like love, and light, and health- what if more, is just that. More. What if more doesn't take from anyone? What if the opposite is true? And what if I'm brave enough to find out?

"I embrace abundance. I overflow with more than the minimum. I expand with health, wealth, love and light. My abundance takes from none, but gives rise to more for all"

Monday, April 15, 2013

Summer spaces available

We have 3-4 spaces for school agers to join our program this summer. If you have a young one that enjoys the outdoors, good food and good friends- please join us!
Activities include:

Basket making
Knot tying
Shelter building
Geo- caching
Drama
Plant and animal studies
Science arts and crafting

But most importantly- drinking up as much summer as possible!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Dandelions


This is one of our favorites to sing as we collect dandelions all summer. but- i always need a refresher in the spring.

Dandelion
~ Author Unknown ~

There was a dandelion,
With lovely, fluffy hair,
That glistened in the sunshine,
And in the summer air.
And oh! This pretty dandelion
Soon grew old and grey,
And, sad to tell! Her charming hair,
Blew many miles away.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In the late of winter

In the late of winter, it's cold and it does snow,
In the late of winter, how the wind does blow,
But just beneath the earth, the seeds do start to glow,
For in the late of winter- they await the spring so they may grow.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sherenes chocolate chip cookies

My chocolate chip cookie recipe makes enough for a crowd with a few left over. Ninety some cookies have been counted to come out of the oven. Often we will half or quarter the recipe for a chocolate chip
Cookie emergency. I'm a firm believer in the ability of these little cookies to boost spirits, bring siblings together, make guests feel welcome- and, ahem, make friends. I know my daycare mamas and papas are never unhappy to see we have warm cookies at pick up. And now you have the recipe.

2 cups best butter you can find
1.5 cups brown sugar
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1T vanilla
4 eggs
1.5t baking powder
1.5t baking soda
Pinch of salt
4 cups flour
4 cups chocolate chips
I recommend using organic ingredients in their whole and most raw form. Chocolate chip cookies are simple, and yes, you'll probably want two or three no matter what they are made from. But, if you want these cookies to also carry a bit of magic and the ability to heal up a broken or bruised spirit- you need a wholesome base, real chocolate, and a little something to make them your own.