Fairy Tales, Michaelmas

The Shooting Stars: A Michaelmas Story by Christine Natale

So many, many thanks to Christine for allowing me to share her lovely story, The Shooting Stars, with my blog readers. The twins and I loved this story. You can purchase the story here. Christine is also currently working with Natalya Yeshchenko on absolutely gorgeous watercolor illustrations, two of which I’ve included in this post.

Shooting Stars

Once upon a time, at the very end of summer, three little stars looked down upon the earth and they became very distressed, for a change was taking place below them.


It’s Apple Week on Seasons of Joy!

I have two Michaelmas posts to get up yet. Christine Natale very graciously granted me permission to share her Michaelmas story about the falling stars that the twins and I have loved so much, and I also have our Michaelmas star bread recipe and story to share. It wasn’t a picture perfect typical Michaelmas, but in an effort to fight my continued battle against perfectionism, I’m sharing it with you anyway, warts and all.

I’ve decided I need a little structure as I get back into blogging, and have come up with some themes to take me up through Advent. I’m not going to reveal them all at once, but this week our theme is…

Fairy Tales, General

Fairy Tale Friday: Star Money or The Falling Stars by the Brothers Grimm

As I’ve shared here before, Star Money or The Falling Stars by the Brothers Grimm is one of my all-time favorite fairy tales. I think much of it has to do with the fact that, when I was a child, I came across Eugen Sopko’s beautifully illustrated picture book The Falling Stars at the Lancaster County Library’s Children’s Room.

The Falling Stars

But just in case you can’t get your hands on the picture book, I’ll share the story here as well. It’s short, but lovely.


Thursday Treasures: Michaelmas!

I was super excited to head over to Etsy and make a new treasury just like I used to years ago. I love the treasury tools for supporting and encouraging other small businesses, and enjoy sharing the treasures I discover with you. Then I found out they’re getting rid of the treasury option in October, and I was very sad. Ah well… But for now!


‘Michaelmas Treasures’ by annettemarie

Some treasures to celebrate courage, bravery, and dragon-slaying!

Baby dragon doll waldorf toy…


Michaelmas – Saint Michael a…


What Color is Your Dragon- M…


Wool Felt Craft Kit-Knight-P…

General, Michaelmas

What to do with Michaelmas?

Even before the divorce, Michaelmas was a bit of a challenge for me. How could such an oft overlooked celebration be so overstuffed with meaning as it was in our family? There was secular Michaelmas, the saint’s day celebration of St. Michael casting Satan from Heaven, and on top of that, it was both Nicholas’s birthday AND Michael’s name day! It was almost too much.

And now, all my wee ones will be in school on this day. It becomes a bit of a temptation to throw up my hands and say “What’s the point of even trying to celebrate? It’s not like anyone even thinks of Michaelmas anymore anyway.”

Books and Literature

In *My* Book Basket

(And by “book basket,” I mean “big pile of books next to my bed,” LOL!)

This is what I’m reading right now:


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D.
This book combines my love of the theoretical and the practical, as well as taking a holistic approach to both brain and emotional development. I’m also a sucker for 12 easy steps. I found this in the Little Free Library outside the twins’ school and have found it super helpful in my dealings with all my kids.