"Let's have a merry journey, and shout about how light is good and dark is not. What we should do is not future ourselves so much. We should now ourselves. "NOW thyself" is more important than "Know thyself." Reason is what tells us to ignore the present and live in the future. So all we do is make plans. We think that somewhere there are going to be green pastures. It's crazy. Heaven is nothing but a grand, monumental instance of future. Listen, now is good. Now is wonderful." ~ Mel Brooks

Friday, November 30, 2012

A season of mindfulness: Day 1

December 1st is tomorrow; most Advent calendars begin on that day. Most churches recognize Advent's beginning on the Sunday 4 weeks before Christmas Day. I am starting today.

My heart has been called to do some deep house cleaning; body and soul. I am reaching out for that golden ring as I ride this merry go round, as we do everyday we live on this Earth. I know I won't ever hold that ring in my hand but I can, at the very least, touch it with the tips of my fingers. Lately, I've been feeling as though my efforts have been deteriorating......I've been less excited about my spiritual health. I've been guilty of just trolling along, walking in the same rut I always do, hardly deviating from my course. This isn't who I am, I am so much more than that. Granted, I have been a bit busy; Mama to 5, wife to 1, student, caretaker, Community member........I'm finding that I've been giving less and less of myself because I've been trapped in the quagmire of monotony. This changes today. I'm not taking on more. I'm simply heading inward and listening to the needs of my soul; the messages I ignore everyday as a result of putting out so much.....I need to fill up my vessel. Don't get me wrong, I am truly satisfied with my life, in fact I am more than satisfied. I have amazing children, I love my days and nights with them. My husband is so loving and kind. I have wonderful friends and family. I love my school and all that I'm learning. That being said, I still feel less connected to self. I don't really remember so much about what makes me.......me, spiritually. Life's pace is moving along at warp speed......I desperately want to slow it down.

For this Advent season and into Epiphany I will be working deeply within myself.......honestly fulfilling my desire to be completely mindful and attentive to my Spirit and those I walk with on this Earth. Like the Elementals that have returned to the Earth, I will return to myself.  Follow along here on my blog if you feel called to do. You can also follow along on Facebook as well as Instagram. I will do my best to post daily, if only a picture or poem that has inspired my regeneration. Other ways I will honor my Spirit daily will be to go on as many walking meditations as I am allowed (weekly if not daily), I will get back into daily journaling, and allowing myself 15 minutes of quiet time in the morning before the house wakes in the morning. I will continue to feed my soul by doing the things I love the most but doing them more often:: creating with my littles, playing the piano, finding ways to connect deeper with my older children, getting back into yoga/pilates, finishing off my Reiki certification, singing, dancing with my husband and praying.  This little list serves as a reminder that I am headed in the right direction. This truly is just more about giving me to myself.  Seeking out that inner peace that I strive for in my waking moments in all the roles I play. In what ways do you give you to yourself?

For today I am beginning by holding onto this meditation from White Bison::

**"Someone must speak for them. I do not see a delegation for the four footed. I see no seat for eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior, but we are after all a mere part of the Creation."
~ Oren Lyons, ONONDAGA
Whenever we make decisions, we need to look around to see who would be affected. If we change the course of a river, who, what will be affected? If we put poison on the gardens, who, what will be affected? If wee cut the trees and too many are cut, who, what will be affected? We need to become aware of the consequences of our actions. We need to pay attention to our thoughts. We are accountable to our children to leave the Earth in good shape.**
What decisions are you making? How will they effect those around you? Have you taken responsibility for your actions, honestly and fully? How will you make better decisions during this season of Advent? After Advent? I challenge you to honor your Spirit by committing only to what is honest and true, be humble, don't be more or less than you are right now xo

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wintery Watercolors

Kiki woke up at 1:30am this morning not feeling well. We ended up getting out of bed around 2:30am and having a little party in the living room. I made a big nest on the sofa with lots of blankets and towels; for the inevitable yuck :(  We got all snuggled in and watched a movie. Time passed by slowly as Kiki went in and out of sleepiness and feeling terrible. I held her close, rubbed her little back, and just wrapped her in all the love I could give in hopes that she would soon find comfort and drift to sleep.

Around 4am, that finally happened. I sat watch as she slept soundly. I sat quietly, looking around our darkly lit home, then it dawned on me; this time would be the most alone time and quietness I would experience all day, so I took advantage of it! I made a cup of coffee, wrapped myself in a woolly blanket and caught up on recent blog posts that I had been wanting to read (and Instagram photos!) while crafting some homemade goodies for the children for their St. Nicholas treats.

One post I read was by Joy at You know how we're an art family...... She listed some Advent activities and one caught my eye from passengers on a little spaceship. I thought that activity would make lovely holiday cards and at 4am I was feeling pretty darn ambitious! Sleep deprivation or otherwise known as slap-happy!!

Soon enough the house began to wake up. Charlotte came out in a flurry of words. She had this wildly impressive dream, there was a bear and he was blue like the ocean and sparkly. And there was this little boy who he was friends with who was also blue and had hair like a mountain! My head was spinning from the crazy antics of these two little sprites who visited her in her dreams. As we sat together I realized I had seen a similar vision, a bit less dramatic, but nonetheless, blue, sparkly, and beautiful.

I told Charlotte what I had seen in the early morning and we agree we should get right down to it. Here is a little photo op of our early morning creative expression.......

Here Charlotte is drawing her picture with some painter's tape
Now, she is painting over the tape with some blue watercolors
Charlotte is sprinkling some salt (coarse and fine) all over her painting
This is her finished painting!
I love how the colors fade and deepen because of the way the salt pulls the paint to and fro.
We were both quite pleased with the outcome and Charlotte especially felt like it was a perfect representation of her dream. Awesome way to begin our day!
On the flip side, Kiki is pulling through. Her eyes are sparkly and she's playing. So all in all, if I had to be up all night it was definitely worth it for so many reasons........although I am my most certainly looking forward to an early bed night!
Blessings to you on this colorful day xo 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Do you hear what I hear?

"At time's turning point
The World's Spirit-Light
Entered the stream
Of Earthly Evolution;
Darkness of night
Had held its sway
Day-radiant Light
Poured into human souls.
That gave warmth
To simple shepherd's hearts;
That enlightened
The wise heads of kings.
O Light Divine,
O Sun of Christ,
Warm thou our hearts,
Enlighten thou our heads
That good may become
From what our hearts
We would found,

What from our heads
We would purposefully direct."
     ~ Rudolf Steiner

The silence and reverence that sets upon us at this time of year is palpable; all of our senses can hear, see, and feel that a shift is near. For me, it happens every year at this time. The little child inside me awakens from a year of deep slumber (or hushing probably as I'm distracted by the other children in my life xo). I allow myself to unfold and give all of myself over to the many profound possibilities of this special time. The light, the love, the welcoming of the energy of the Christ Child, all of these pulse through me, rejuvenate me cell by cell, I am more forgiving of myself and of others. I wish I could bottle this feeling up and carry it with me all through the year. I try, boy do I try. I am human, after all.....

This week has been a week of looking very deeply inward. I have been challenging myself to see where I fall short, were I expect too much of myself and others. I have looked at those places where I've stored up anger and resentment, sadness and loneliness. It's not pretty.......it's hard and sometimes painful. Looking in the mirror and seeing, nay, feeling as though I've failed is a sorrowful place to start the Advent season. On the contrary, I couldn't imagine starting anywhere else.

Me and my special Birthday girl! Kiki was my 30th Birthday gift xo
 I turned thirty-three this year; the Christ year. I've heard many a story about ones trials and tribulations to seek and discover a deeper sense of self. I experienced it through my husband and his Christ year. I began preparing for these experiences last year; hoping to do much needed inner work to alleviate any tumult and suffering and more in the way of celebration and joy. Well, you can't really prepare for that kind of thing, so, I feel like as long as I've been immersed now for a full year, I may as well get down to the nitty-gritty. What better time than at Advent?!

This emotional and spiritual quest only propels me to dive deeper into the celebrating at hand. Every plan, every activity, every beautifully placed decoration is done with much attention to being mindful and full of spirit and foremost.....how will my children feel, see, or hear this little piece of magic?  My heart is directed toward creating that unique mood of Christmastime not just for me, but for my children. Inside, as I struggle to find my spiritual side of wife/mother/homemaker/sister/daughter/friend/student/neighbor (sigh) I am overwhelmed not by feeling spread thin, but by realizing my great fortune to have so many meaningful roles in this lifetime. How grateful I am to hold those wee ones in my arms, day after day. How grateful I am to love and kiss that amazing man who chose me above all others. How grateful I am to love and cherish each person in my life, hopefully enough so that they know how much they mean to me when we part ways. It's these little reminders that allow me to hear the peace sinking in.......my heart and mind are quiet. I am holding that spirit of the Christ Child in my arms. *breathe*breathe*breathe*

"The gift of the light
We thankfully take,
But nothing may be
Just alone for our sake.
The more we give light
The one to the other
It shines and spreads life
Growing still further;
Till every spark is set aflame.
Till every heart Joy shall proclaim"
     ~ M. Tittman (from the German)

As you wait for the Christ Child and as you wait to hear/feel your peace sink in; how do you honor the spirit in your life? Do you have any special ways that you give presence to your inner peace? What special rituals does your family have that helps to honor these shifts in yourself and in your family culture?

Wishing you peace and quiet, in your heart and mind,  this Advent season xo

Monday, November 26, 2012

Advent Stars

"Above the cloud with it's shadow is a star with it's light." ~ Pythagoras
Advent is upon us. That holy, quiet time where we all take stock of ourselves; look deeply
 inward, bring less judgement to others, open our hearts more to the idea that we are all along this journey together, no one against the other. We are all that much closer to an inner peace that we are seeking. We are all closer to really feeling that stillness, that inner reverence to all who cross our path.
Advent is a building up, a gathering of precious moments to lighten our days (and nights) leading up to Christmas. Beginning on the first Sunday in December we begin our yearly ritual  of creating that sacred space to honor this time of year. Our nature table is ready to begin our first week, with a chalk drawing of an Advent wreath with these words by Rudolf Steiner "The first light of Advent is the light of stones. Stones that live in crystals, seashells and bones." We've changed our silk color to blue and have a little porcelain dish with some shells and beautiful quartz rocks that we've found on many of our adventures. A few years ago the children and I went to the ocean and we collected some beach sand and shells. I put them into an old canning jar and have held on to it, not knowing until we really started to dive into Advent celebrations that that jar would be essential in representing the mineral world during the first week of Advent.
We've also dedicated a large cupboard top as our Advent Garden. Our creche stable stands empty, waiting as the days progress for the addition of animals, shepherds, Joseph, Mary,the Angel and then the baby Jesus on Christmas morning.  A light colored cloths drapes across the cupboard top with some lights glowing beneath to create the illusion of snow sparkling beneath the star light. A star covered blue silk is the back drop of our little landscape and a beautiful paper star hangs above, reminding us to allow all that we know and feel to guide us along our Earthly journey.
Stars are so beautiful and magical. We as human beings have such a deep connection to these heavenly lights. They've guided many centuries of explorers, including the Wise Men. We lay on blankets and marvel at their beauty and wonder....we even wish on them. We've decided to use this star energy as our way to count the days/night in our Advent season. Each night, when the littles retire to bed, I will hang another star above our Advent Garden so that when they wake in the morning, they will find another star shining above. Each star will represent an activity for the day (bake and bring cookies to Grammie and Poppy, make our homemade hot chocolate, learn a new Christmas carol, bring some treats to our friends at the Humane Society; just to name a few!) 
Here is how we made our stars::
You will need::
2 pieces of square paper- I used colored card stock in this instance
This is a great way to use up some of those paintings your children have made!
hot glue gun
Or other glue that you have on hand or prefer.
I like hot glue as it dries quickly and needs less attention to holding the flaps down
Needle and thread
You can use any size square paper. Just make sure the two pieces you use are the same size!
 Fold the paper in half along the diagonal.
Turn the paper on the opposite diagonal and fold in half again.
Fold the paper right sides together in half, horizontally.
Turn again, and fold horizontally. You should now have a square with folds forming 8ths.
Cut a little less than half way up the straight folds.
Now, bring the edges of each section together to form a point.
This is what it will look like with all sides folded.
Overlap the edges of each point and glue them together.
This is a finished piece of the star.
Now, repeat these steps again on your other piece of paper.
Attach the two stars together with some hot glue. Using your needle and thread, bring it through
one of the points, tie the thread together to form a loop that you can to hang your star from.
"As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark-
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star."
How are you preparing for Advent?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


If during the first period of life we create an atmosphere of gratitude around the children, then out of this gratitude toward the world, toward the entire universe, and also out of thankfulness for being able to be in this world, a profound and warm sense of devotion will arise.....upright, honest, and true. ~ Rudolf Steiner

Today, with the anticipation of Thanksgiving on our minds, we felt called to make something for each person who would be joining us for our holiday festivities. Nothing too involved, just something simple and from the heart. I saw this post on Pinterest from Woodside Kitchen. It is a dough ornament, but not just any dough ornament.....

 ** It's made with 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1 cup of baking soda, and 3/4 cup of water! Combine all the ingredients in a cooking pot, cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken and takes on the appearance of "smooth mashed potatoes". Pour into a bowl and cover with a damp cloth until the dough is cool enough to handle. Knead the dough, adding more cornstarch as necessary to keep the dough from being sticky. Roll out to about 1/4 of an inch or so on a lightly cornstarched surface, cut out using cookie cutters, decorate using rubber stamps or other stencils. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake at 175 degrees for about an hour (flipping them over after 30 minutes).**

So simple. So pleasing to work with. So beautiful and clean looking. It was a breeze to make and took well to painting and other decorating. The only thing I would recommend is to be mindful of the time in the oven (varies by size, I think). Our ornaments were quite small in size so they baked up really quickly. I didn't have that thought in the forefront of my mind so I over baked them a bit. The sides curled up and they browned a little on the bottom (I also didn't have any parchment). BUT, all is well. We painted them and/or sprayed them with a clear acrylic and sprinkled some glitter all over them

There is so much to be thankful for. Everyday I am reminded of the many blessings I have received. These little ornaments will serve as a little token of our gratitude for those we love so dearly and their presence in our life. It is hard to imagine our days without the smiles, love, and laughter of our dearest friends and family, those we see often and those we only see once in a while. We have big hearts for those we are missing and keep their legacy there.
This time of lessened light and inward process begs me to remember that although are days are full to the brim with moments that may seem more than we can handle, it's important to remember that we are surrounded by angels, seen and unseen. Those that hold us up and walk with us through our darkest times and those that quietly keep that spiritual space through the veil. We can honor them in this lifetime by living a life of gratitude, for all of those who have touched our lives in one way or another. Who and what are you grateful for right now?
I am, humbly, honored that you have chosen to walk with me in this space. Thank you.
Enjoy your holiday with those you love so much. Blessings to you and yours xo

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Preparing in Gratitude

Blessing on this room of ours,
Blessing on the garden flowers,
Blessing on the birds and trees,
On the butterflies and bees.
Blessing on the dolls and toys,
On our quietness and noise.
Blessing on the children dear,
On the grown ups who come here.
Blessing on our work and play,
God be with us all each day.
We're preparing for Thanksgiving time in our home. As a Waldorf inspired home, we incorporate the teaching of Rudolf Steiner in much of our daily lives........
"An immense enrichment of the soul is achieved through the experience of feeling gratitude. One should see to it that, even in a very young child, a feeling of thankfulness is developed. If one does this, a feeling of gratitude will be transformed into love when the child is older. In every situation in life, love will be colored through, permeated with gratitude. Even a superficial observation of social life demonstrates that a valuable impulse for the social question can be fostered when we educate people towards a greater feeling of gratitude for what their fellow human beings are doing. For this feeling of gratitude is a bridge from one human soul and heart to another. Without gratitude, this bridge could never be built." ~ from Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy 1922-24 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Cultivating gratitude within our children is in fact a lifestyle. It is not something that can only be acted on just one day a year. The mere  existence of gratitude in our society requires that we feel it and live it every single day. How will our world continue without it? We already can see the upsetting occurrences of what happens when gratitude fades to entitlement; our Earth's resources are being depleted, some children have grown into adults that have lost their reverence for how precious all life is, there is a lack of respect and responsibility in our ever growing populations. We are a culture of constant consumption.......if only a tear drop of gratitude could be injected into the ailments of the planet and our connection as human beings, might there be a shift in the dire situations of so many?

In the spirit of gratitude, we've been telling a particular story, a bit adapted to help capture the importance of being thankful. We discovered the story of Hugin and the Carrot (adapted from the story Hugin and the Turnip) over at Natural Kids .

The first part we adapted is where the Caterpillar asked if Hugin knew the right way to pull up the carrot.

We added "Did he first give thanks to the Root Gnome and ask if he might pull up the carrot?" Then Hugin put his mouth close to the ground and called: "Gnome, good Root Gnome. Many thanks for helping this beautiful carrot to grow so big and beautiful. May I take your carrot home so that on Thanksgiving Day we can eat a soup that tastes of carrots sweet?"

We also added at the end where everyone is helping each other up:

"Many thanks for you help. So sorry to have knocked you over."

The last line of our story is read like this:

"And nobody was hurt, and everybody laughed. All their hearts were full of thanks for the help each one did give and for that beautiful carrot that would make their bellies warm and full. "

It was very sweet to know that the message was received. Here the littles are meeting the characters and reciting the story as they remembered. I heard many "thank yous" being shared between characters and "oohs and ahhs" for how beautiful the carrot was and how thankful they were for such a lovely treat to eat. It is so beautiful to me how children really are much more readily available to give gratitude. Their wonder, their beautiful attunement to love and how each individual creature is just as important and valuable as the next. I never tire of watching this grace in action.

Another little piece that we've woven into this tapestry of thanks is the song "Johnny Appleseed". We sing an adapted version, for no particular reason, this is just how I was taught to sing it.......

Oh, the Earth's been good to me.
And so I thank the Earth
For giving me the things I need:
The sun, the rain and the apple seed;
Oh, the Earth's been good to me.

Oh, and every seed I sow
Will grow into a tree.
And someday there'll be apples there
For everyone in the world to share.
Oh, the Earth is good to me.

Here is a photo of a little craft we did the other day.......it's a turkey! I'm sure you guessed :) I'm not entirely into these kinds of crafty things, I much prefer something that is a bit more purposeful; but that being said, Charlotte and Kiki are very much into puppets lately. Everything is a puppet ready for a show. We happen to have many gloves that are missing their other so it seemed a perfect thing to turn them into puppets; and why not a turkey?! Gobble! Gobble!!

How do you incorporate giving thanks and living in gratitude with your littles? xo

Sunday, November 11, 2012

This Little Light of Mine

Our little lantern walk went off without a hitch. We wandered in the dusk, watched the sun set over the hill, visited our neighbors, sang a few songs. We talked about what we do in our days that is good; for ourself and for others. We thought about what more we could do; for ourselves and others. We agreed that life was good and we were just gonna let our lights shine!

How was your Martinmas journey?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer

Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer.
Over meadow, moor and dale,
Flitter, flutter, elfin veil
Pee-wit, pee-wit, tikka-tikka-tik,
Rucoo, Rucoo
Glimmer, lantern, glimmer
Little stars a-shimmer.
Over rock and stock and stone;
Wandering, skipping, little gnomes.
The weather has turned quite quickly to wintry. Martinmas is upon us and I can only think of how much we need the warm, heavenly glow of candle light. There has been so much upheaval over the last few weeks. Hurricane Sandy hit hard areas around us, those we love have suffered great loss and millions we don't know have suffered as much, if not more. We have been faced with the reality of looking long and hard at how we live our life......what we depend on for survival, what we can do without. We live in a world of constant contact and movement and I know there have been many who have been living quite frontier-like, although it hasn't been dreamy at all.
The story of St. Martin is one that encompasses all that is compassionate and unconditional. Martin gave to another human being when no one else would. He sacrificed some of his comfort so that another fellow human could experience warmth and generosity. Martin acted out of grace.......and I feel like at this time when we are usually more focused on turning inward we are also being called by our neighbors to look outward.
It is bittersweet to sit in our warm home with all of our luxuries safely around us, wood stove crackling, lights on when needed, and hot water at our beck and call. How I wish we could somehow alleviate those who haven't had a hot shower in days, if not weeks. How I wish to offer a hot meal to a fellow human who has been stranded in their multi-story apartment building with nothing but what they were able to grab in advance of the storm. How I wish that so many were not looking at so much devastation and loss.
Our family is one of action! We aren't idle in moments like this so with all those "how I wish" statements above we've managed to use that energy and put it toward looking outward. We are in the planning stages of a massive event. One that could potentially bring hundreds of people together with just one common goal, thanksgiving. We are looking to bring those who have lost so much together with their neighbors and give thanks for what is left and what can be restored. We will feed their body and souls with the unconditional grace and love and good old fashioned home cooking! Martinmas comes at a time where there is so much to give and we can certainly be inspired by the Light that shone so brightly within him.
The littles and I made more lanterns today! I know, I've been a bit lantern crazy!! They're just so beautiful to have around and their warm glow will melt away and coldness in the air. We made very simple lanterns using the traditional method of pasting tissue paper on a glass jar. I'll end this post with a few snapshots of our experience and just one question.......
How will you be inspired by St. Martin this year?

Friday, November 2, 2012

All Souls' Day

"We here can help and work not only for those on earth, but also for the dead,
through the life-filled, spirit-filled thoughts that we bring to them." ~ Rudolf Steiner
Today we have transformed our seasonal table into a bit of an alter, if you will. Today is All Souls' Day or in some Latin countries, Dia de los Muertos. There are many traditions one could bring into their family culture from either celebration history. They are both rich and full with color, food, family, celebration, joy. On this day it is said that the veil between life on this Earth and those who have transitioned is thinner, thus making it possible to welcome home those who have left.....if only for a brief time.
Over the last few years, we have said Good Night to many of our loved ones. With children at an age where they are aware of what it means to die, as a parent, it has been so important to communicate as tenderly as I can so as to assure my children, help them to cope and understand that even though dying isn't something we wish for, it doesn't have to be scary. I've always tried to encourage them to hold on to the vision that death is just a shedding of this physical body, much like a caterpillar. We shed our bodies and transform into something so beautiful.......something we'd never even dreamed of. A complete transformation form this body that walks up right to something that will free us from any limitations; like the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. At one time it was captive to its land bound body and now flies freely to where ever it's heart wishes. I highly recommend this lovely book that we have read to our children when a loved one has crossed through the veil: Waterbugs & Dragonflies
In remembrance of those who we have known and love deeply and in honor of those who we don't know but have been effected in some way by their life and death we have made a strand of marigolds. We've made them in two different ways to bring awareness to the different way we love people and celebrate their lives.
We have added some photos of our loved ones to our nature table today and are leaving a candle lit to hold them in reverence. Such simple additions yet it changes the feeling of our nature table from being a beautiful table to honor the life and seasons around us to all of that but then so much more. Seeing the faces and smiles of our loved ones in such a hallowed place.......it's quite profound. The littles have really enjoyed hearing stories of these faces and learning of their connection to them. They love them even though some of them they have never met on this plane. I can only hope that they have been visited by these beautiful souls in their dreams........maybe after seeing them today, they will!
Will you celebrate the lives of those who have left this Earth? Will you laugh and be joyful for the life that was shared? Will you gather with family and friends and tell stories and eat good food? How do you remember the lives of those who you might be missing today?
"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." ~ Rabindranath Tagore
*shared on:: The Magic Onions

Thursday, November 1, 2012

All Saints' Day

"I will spend my Heaven doing good on Earth". ~ St. Therese of Lisieuz
 I read in an article not too long ago about a Sunday school class that was learning about Saints. In it it the teacher asked if anybody knew anything about the saints? A young girl raised her hand and said, 'Saints are people the light shines through.'
Then......we are all Saints. We all have the light of grace shine through us all the time. I felt that this was especially poignant in that it really is a beautiful and gentle way to help our littles understand the festival of All Saints' Day. Our littles are still so connected to their Heaven. They feel the love and protection of their Guardian Angels. They can sense the peace of their God above. The relationship and connection is so different from ours, as adults. They don't need to think about it, question it, or worry. Our littles are so deeply connected and they just know that what they feel inside them selves is true and real. I hope to be able to keep that spirit alive in them  so when they are grown, they will have that deep sense of trust and reverence for their God of choice.
Today, our chalkboard drawing has changed to welcome in the Saints all around us. We will talk about what it means to "spend our Heaven doing good on Earth" and then have a visit to our local shelter to bring some goodies to those waiting for their forever homes.
Do you honor All Saints' Day in your home? I would love to hear how you bring this seasonal festival to life  xo
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