Advent… from the Latin word adventus, which means, quite literally “coming” or “arrival.”

These past few weeks have been rough.  First the tragic murders at the Tree of Life Temple in Squirrel Hill, followed by an sad uptick in the daily news of hate crimes, gun violence, and tragedy. And then, just when we had one beautiful autumn day where the leaves were bright and the air was crisp, we got sick, one after another. Martinmas was forgotten in all the laundry and the washing and the sanitizing.

Happy Waldorf Wednesday!

As I wrote earlier this week, I’m unplugging this week. It is amazing how much I can get done when I close my laptop. We’ve been painting and sewing and dying and baking and having a great time.

I’ve also needed to unplug because I, like many people, having a very hard time processing the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I’m also having a very difficult time dealing with all the talking heads, the theories, the propaganda. I just don’t understand it. What happened was heartbreaking. Our hearts, as a nation, should be breaking. How is there possibly room for all this other stuff? Can we not just take a little bit of time to be sad before we start mounting campaigns?

The third light of Advent is the light of beasts–
All await the birth, from the greatest and to the least.

Our culture surrounds us with images of human-like animals. They walk upright, they talk, they crack jokes. They do everything that we do. But it is important to approach the animal kingdom with respect and reverence. Animals need us to help care for them, whether by actively providing them with food and shelter, or by helping to make sure the environment is clean and suitable for them. It’s quite a responsibility! Despite the portrayal of animals as human, it’s important to remember that we are different than the animals- we can plan, we can do, we can dream.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the home
This mama was freaking ‘cause nothing was done.
The stockings weren’t hung ‘cause they couldn’t be found
And there were toys covering 9/10ths of the ground.

The children’s rooms were a mess; they could scare find their beds,
And a poorly done haircut now graced Molly’s head.
There were dolls to be made and silks to be dyed,
Presents to wrapped and wrapped gifts to hide.

I ran to the kitchen and opened my stash
And searched for material and spent a little cash.
I bought kool aid and storage for playdough so smelly,
Made time for the gym to help slim down my belly.

Happy Waldorf Wednesday! And even more unique, happy 12-12-12! I have an online friend whose little guy is turning 12 on 12-12-12. How magical is that?

I can’t wait until a little later when I can go visit all of last week’s links. I do visit them every week, you know. I don’t always remember to pin them, but I definitely visit and try to comment on each one. It’s been such a blessing to see how everyone is implementing Waldorf ideas, natural family living, gentle and peaceful parenting, homeschooling and afterschooling, and most of all love in your homes. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all done this past week to celebrate Advent! I hope you’ll spread the word about Waldorf Wednesday as well. The more people who share, the stronger this community becomes!


The second light of Advent is the light of plants–
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

Inspired once again by Carrie over at Parenting Passageway, here are our plans for Week Two of Advent. Once again, I would like to reiterate that I in no way think we’ll get all this finished. December is our month to wing it and go with whatever we feel like doing. Last week we had lots of fun. We didn’t get everything or even most things finished, but the children have enjoyed doing a math lesson and then having the rest of the day spread out before them. We’ve also (finally) found our Christmas books, so we’ll be able to add some of those to our to-do list as well.