Station Square Pirate

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When you have six children, finding one on one time can be tricky. Some weeks it seems like the best we can do are car rides when taking the children from one activity to another. This is one reason why I have tried to be very intentional about planning “dates” with my children each month.

I used to be very fastidious about going from oldest to youngest. Sometimes it’s a big date– a trip to a movie, a fancy dinner– and other times, it’s much less planned– running errands together or going for a walk in the park or grabbing at fifty cent ice cream cone at McDonalds.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

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spiderThis morning in the car on the way to preschool, the twins were talking about a spider they saw inside the house. Inside the house! I’m not sure how they’ve never seen one inside before, but for some reason this rocked their little world. Why was he inside the house? What did he want? Was he there for a reason? Didn’t he know he belonged outside? The questions were flowing fast and quick.

Last night, I found an article on using “I wonder” questions to foster inquiry and curiosity, so I decided to give it a go. “I wonder,” I said to the twins, “how that spider came into our house. Do you have any ideas? Any theories?”

Spotlight on... Matthew

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It’s hard to know what to say say about Matthew. When people used to ask (as people do when you have more than two children) when you’re going to stop procreating, I used to say “Oh, you know, when God gives us an easy one.” And then God sent me Matty… and, for good measure and to keep me on my toes, threw in Molly as well. Ha, ha, ha… good one, God!

Matthew in a Tree

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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.

Thanksgiving, birthdays, and other updates

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Oh my goodness! As I said a week or so ago, I’ve been feeling very introspective and not very much like writing. Now I feel like I have so much to say, I’m going to explode!

I’m sorry there was no Waldorf Wednesday last week. We were up early packing and then drove from Pittsburgh to Lancaster to spend Thanksgiving with family. By the time I had gone to the gym, packed, and finished tidying the house there was just no time to put up the link-up, and there’s no internet on the road. But we’ll definitely be back next week, and I hope you’ll all link up double!

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It’s hard to believe these sweet little babies are about to turn two!

Here they are, “helping” each other with the sweaters that Grandma knit them.

I actually think they were more interested in the buttons than in each other!

A kiss from sweet Matthew to suspicious Molly.

And Molly returns the favor with a great big hug!

These twins have been such an incredible blessing in my life. I can’t describe how amazing it is to see the two of them growing up side by side.