Each Sunday members and visitors can share joys and concerns. In a few phrases they voice their thoughts and light a candle. One day I will have the courage to stand up and voice my concerns and joys.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Today's weather was so warn and sunny. I took Lyn, Annika, Evan, Eliot, Ben and one of Lyn's friends to the waterfall in Helena. They played on the playground there and explored the creek and collected shells, stones, anything interesting. We collected some water and added it to our water communion bottle. The kids all found some pretty cool stuff. They even found a crayfish (or craydad depending on where you live). They cleaned up their rocks and shells and over all had a really good day.
Ending up in the emergency room on a Friday night isn't my favorite activity. Lyn was horsing around with her friend. The were 'sword playing" with sturdy sticks and he hit her squarely on the knuckle. It looked bad for a while but nothing is broken. Some extra attention form mom and an ace bandage for a week an she will be just fine.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
As anyone who knows me lately I have been really enjoying lighting a fire in the evenings. Last night my husband set up the perfect fire. That made me so happy.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I plan on trying this in my tea tonight. I am wondering what it tastes like. I will let you know.....
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Have you ever heard of Star Anise? Probably not. I didn't until I started researching herbs for healing and practical use. It is technically a spice. It smells exactly like black licorice. If you crush it and just leave it out like potpourri its scent fills the room. It is powerful stuff. It is used in some Asian and Indian dishes but I bought it from the grocery store purely for its smell. It is a little expensive but it is my favorite today.
|Click on the picture to learn more about this spice|
Posted by Susan, Mother, Teacher, CLC, Doula, Family Herbalist, Student Midwife, and more at 10:50 AM
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
One year ago I welcomed my 7th child into this world. Happy Birthday Ben!! Thank you Lyn for making cupcakes tonight!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
On Friday I slipped on some ice in the parking lot at work. Up I went and down I came. I have a chip fracture on top of my right foot. My foot is swollen and black and blue. Hopefully I will be able to drive by Tuesday.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
I actually feel my age today. During work today I slipped on some ice in the parking lot. I actually rolled. There were witnesses. A friend and co-worker (OK it was Sara) babysat me at the occupational health office and drove me home. Now I have a chip fracture on top of my foot. With a three day weekend and all weekend plans cancelled I plan on elevating my foot and try to keep the big little kids from jumping on my foot. Let's just say I have had better Fridays.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
A friend of mine asked me about what the Water Communion ceremony in September was all about. She thought we were planning on collecting water every day of our life until September. I explained to her that we will be collecting water from momentous moments in our lives. Like we did for the snow the other day. If we go anywhere like to the beach we will collect some sea water. Even when we just play in the sprinkler we will collect some water. The pictures in this post show us preparing a book / journal our "water log" (The kids thought that was funny.) It was an old journal of my grandparents who used to live in my house. There were a few pages in it with my grandmother's handwriting on it. We read them and added the pages to our fire. We then made an entry about our first water collection and the girls and I decorated. We will try to keep up with it till September. Annika is working on a water poem to be read in front of church on the day. The bottle in the picture where we are keeping the water was a gift from Sara and its shape and color is just perfect for this activity.
Monday, January 10, 2011
I saw this on sell the other day and it just spoke to me. It was Lyn's idea to place some coniferous evergreens (cedar) in it. I think it looks great. After the greenery spends a little time there we will add it to our fire.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Each year usually in September our church has a water communion service. We started our collection of waters today. It started to sleet and snow outside. There was some ice mixed in with some of our fire starting materials that were left outside. I collected some and Eliot and I put it in a jar. later we will transfer the water to a special jar I have stashed away. It needs to be cleaned and it will hold all of the water we collect between now and September. We will then add our water to others during a service. This year this ceremony will mean more to me. I have begun to focus on the basics in my life in order to simplify my life. For me simple predictable days would be very meaningful. Chaos reigns supreme for me most days. Focusing on simple things like water, wind, fire, and earth helps to keep me grounded.
Monday, January 3, 2011
The big girls and I wrote our resolutions down on small pieces of paper and tied them up. We then burned them and released that energy into the universe. I added the ashes and a small piece of leftover burnt paper to my jar of ashes. The ashes were collected from our first fire lit this season. (We will add them to the first fire we light for next winter.) It was Lyn's idea to have each of us hold the bowl with just one hand. I think it is a pretty cool picture.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
It is a rainy New Years Day. Evan and Eliot were sitting on stools at my bedroom window watching the rain The weather is really mild today so I opened the window. They watched for quite a while. Evan looked at me and said, "Mama, the whole world is out the window". That really touched my heart. Evan can be very challenging at times so I cherish every sweet word that wanders out of his mouth.