Seasons of Joy

Looking for a way to bring peace and joy to your day? Seasons of Joy is my 10-week seasonal guidebook to add rhythm and fun to your daily routine. Each guidebook has ten weeks' worth of circle times, stories, arts, crafts, and handwork, painting, playtime activities and more!
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Seasons of Joy seeks to empower families to create peaceful rhythms and routines and joyful celebrations that follow the circle of the year. The blog also chronicles our adventures in living simply, loving exuberantly, and Waldorf inspired homeschooling.

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Maundy Thursday: The basin and the towel

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In an upstairs room, a parable
Is just about to come alive.
And while they bicker about who’s best,
With a painful glance, He’ll silently rise.
Their Savior Servant must show them how
Through the will of the water
And the tenderness of the towel.

In any ordinary place,
On any ordinary day,
The parable can live again
When one will kneel and one will yield.
Our Savior Servant must show us how
Through the will of the water
And the tenderness of the towel.

St. Patrick’s Day Round-up!

I love St. Patrick’s Day. He’s such a great, positive saint. Just what we need at the tail end of winter!  Here are just a couple little Saint Patrick’s Day ideas from seasons past.

 A few random ideas, including a peek at our St. Patrick’s Day nature table

A St. Patrick’s Day circle time

And a beautiful prayer by St. Patrick himself

And then of course there’s my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest board, full of things to make and do!

I’d love to hear your St. Patrick’s Day traditions as well!

This week’s feasts and festivals, plans and projects

We’ve been sick here in the Sage House. And by we, I mean me. Three days, sick in bed, coughing and watching Doctor Who and napping and trying to shake this cold. The children have been ill as well, but it doesn’t seem to bother them at all. They just keep right on playing. But here I am, with a cold I just can’t seem to shake.

This week’s feasts and festivals, plans and projects

I haven’t done one of these for a while, but I’ve found that I’ve been missing it. It helps me feel more centered as I begin my week. I don’t know if it’s having to be conscious about what we’re doing this week or if it’s the fact that it forces me to have to actually look at my calendar.

Here’s what we have going on this week.

St. Brigid’s Day and Candlemas Too

You know, these celebrations at the beginning of the month always sneak up on me. I’m bopping through the day, feeling like a boss, proud that I got through another month and BAM! There’s a holiday staring me in the face because I didn’t realize that the beginning of the month would immediately follow the end of the month.

Anywho…

Here are some of our past St. Brigid Day celebrations.

May God Keep You Safe Under Brigid’s Cloak

Happy St. Brigid’s Day!

Celtic Saints

And here’s my St. Brigid Pinterest board.

Repairing the Rainbow Bridge

Once, there was a child who lived with the angels and longed to go to earth…

So begins one of the most well-loved of Waldorf traditions, the Rainbow Bridge story.

My babies just turned two and are hardly in a position to appreciate a fairy tale written just for them. All they know of birthdays is that we sing songs and they get cake.

They especially like the cake.

But as I meditated on their birthday and how they came to be, the Rainbow Bridge story didn’t ring true, at least not as written.

Martinmas Round-Up

The election behind us, we can now move ahead to the next celebration: Martinmas!

First and foremost, I would like to introduce Seasons of Joy’s brand new Martinmas book. This book is meant to give you the means to create your own Martinmas celebration and lantern walk, and features stories, recipes, fingerplays, crafts, a book list, songs, and more. It’s only $5 and it is my prayer that it will guide you in making your celebration light-filled and magical.

Martinmas Celebration E-book!

UPDATE: It’s here!
Seasons of Joy Martinmas e-book





Lantern walkYes, I know this would have been more helpful had it been completed a week or so ago.

Yes, I know this is short notice.

But better late than never, right?

I’ll have the finishing touches on this tonight (promise!) but I wanted to share a preview of the Seasons of Joy Martinmas Celebration e-book. It’s meant to guide you through a Martinmas gathering with friends and/or family and features stories, fingerplays, recipes, activities, and music. It will be $5 and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Election Day

Begging forgiveness of my non-American friends for a decidedly American topic.

At last, Election Day is upon us! Hardly an early childhood topic, it’s also so prominent it would be hard for most children to miss it. At our house, Election Day is a special day. The children know that something is afoot and since we’re unsure how long the lines at the poll will actually be, we plan on making a holiday of it. Obviously, partisan politics are not suitable for little people. We want to impart our values, yes, but the often bitter machinations of the campaign process are really Grown-up Business.

This week’s plans and projects

Blessed Sunday! I’ve been spending the day in bed with a head cold, cuddling various and sundry children as they wander in and out, and drinking some of my vice, Turkey Hill Iced Tea, which my husband lovingly brought for me to soothe my scratchy throat. I’ve also kept busy in between naps checking out this awesome Waldorf Inspirations website and creating my About Me page.

Sunday, September 16
Today is Katie Grace’s baptismal anniversary! She was baptized 11 years ago, one week following 9/11. I remember how much peace and healing there was in her baptism. She was baptized by her godfather, a Lutheran pastor. He and his wife, her godfather, are good friends who are dearly missed.