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The Wild Child Project

  It was raining and I just had came inside from trying to snap photos of my kids running around barefoot in our back yard.  No coats, shoes, (or pants for the toddler) just feeling the wet, mushy leaves underfoot, hair dripping on their foreheads, the sound of rain drops dripping down around us, it was like we were in our own little world.  As I watched them experience these simple life pleasures I had an idea. I have been...

A Letter to my Daughters

  To my daughters, Growing up in this big world can seem a bit scary.  There’s a lot of evil out there, but theres also a lot of light.  Where there are bad people, theres also a whole lot of good.  Look for the helpers and if you can, be one.  What goes around comes around so keep your slate clean.  Love BIG and deep.  Dont be afraid to love too hard or too much.  There is no such thing my...

Life Lately

It’s been a while since I have had a chance to sit down and update this blog.  My intentions for it were SO strong when I started it, but with 4 kids the blogging goals kind of got pushed aside.  Its been on my mind a lot lately and Im excited to get back into the habit of blogging our days.  Even if no one ever reads it!  Blogging is therapeutical…a chance to jot down my thoughts and share my...

SOLSTICE 2016

Winter’s Cloak This year I do not want the dark to leave me. I need its wrap of silent stillness, its cloak of long lasting embrace. Too much light has pulled me away from the chamber of gestation. Let the dawns come late, let the sunsets arrive early, let the evenings extend themselves while I lean into the abyss of my being. Let me lie in the cave of my soul, for too much light blinds me, steals the source...

ADVENT: WEEK 2

The second Light of Advent It is the Light of plants: Plants that reach up to the sun And in the breezes dance. The 2nd week of Advent is the Festival of Plants. We go outside and gather new greens to freshen up our wreath and to add around our home. We add pinecones, moss, nuts and anything else that would represent the plant world and add it to our Advent wreath.  This week is also the week St. Nicolas and...

Advent : Week 1

  DECEMBER is coming! Its dark and silent.  Peaceful and slow.  December holds a promise,  no matter how dark or cold or empty it may get, the light is coming back.  The solstice is coming.  The return of the sun will be soon!  When December arrives there is a shift in my soul.  I like the darkness that it holds.  The centering and grounding that surrounds my spirit.  And all the while I am eager for the coming solstice when...

Why We Butcher our own Turkey

OH MY GOD. HOW COULD YOU RASIE THAT ANIMAL AND THEN KILL IT?  HOW CRUEL!?  YOU ARE SO HEARTLESS!  THERE IS NOTHING KIND ABOUT KILLING. Ok, I get it.  I was vegetarian for SEVEN YEARS.  I have seen this mentality.   My choice to be vegetarian  was not always in the mindset of “killing animals is wrong.”  It was more in the mindset of “if I cant raise this meat myself, take its life, or hunt this meat I will...

Eco Dying with Plants Tutorial

Im kind of slightly…ok…significantly obsessed with the plant world and what I can do with what Mother Nature is providing right outside our door steps.  A month or so ago, I attended a girls night where we did just this…dyed hankies with plants.  From that second on I was fascinated with this.  I have them framed proudly, like works of art, on my mantle from that night.  I think they are so genuine, raw, and beautiful!  I had some left...

Blackberry Chia Seed Jam

We pick back up with homeschooling next Monday so I am hoping to soak up as much fun as we can this week. This trip was certainly more interesting than our lasts with our sweet Bear in tow. He surely enjoyed himself! Im not sure if picking the berries or watching Bear get covered in berries was more rewarding! When we got home I knew I wanted to make something special with the berries we picked so I decided to...