Seasons of Joy

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The first light of Advent is the light of stone–.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.

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

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

The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind–
The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.

Wow! That Advent book is almost finished. Almost, but not quite. There are still a lot of finishing touches to add on. Meanwhile, I’ve created a Facebook page for Seasons of Joy.

I have a lot of plans on the table. I don’t know how many of them will come to fruition, but some of the things I’d like to do in the coming year include…

–completely redoing the web page and moving it to its own domain name (I think that’s what you call it,LOL!)

–inviting readers of Seasons of Joy to share pictures of them doing the activities, which I will then post on the website

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Unfortunately, I will not get my post on evening routines up today. I had one of the days where my to-do list was a mile and a half long.

But fortunately (I hope!) one of the things I am working on is completing the new Advent Seasons of Joy book! It’s a four-week journey through Advent, with stories, songs, traditions, rhythms and routines, crafts and handwork, nature tables, recipes, and more. It doesn’t include the Advent saints, but does have plenty to keep you and your family focused on traveling the spiral Advent path. Crossing my fingers and saying a prayer, it will be finished next week. I hope to have a bit of a sampler up early next week as well.

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Oh, I love the Flower Fairy circle time from Spring Seasons of Joy. I think Nicholas and Daniel really do as well. We had fun sitting on silks and pretending they were flower buds that turned into little fairy boats.

The itsy bitsy fairy sat in a flower bud
Down came the rain and the rain became a flood!
The tiny little flower became a fairy boat
And the itsy bitsy fairy, in a puddle she did float.

*reposted from my mailing list, found here
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Natural_Childhood/

A Note from Me to You
Oh, it feels so good to be writing to this list again! Looking at the archives, I realize that I’ve been writing this ever since my first little guy, Michael, was a baby. He’s a big eight-year-old guy now! It’s hard to believe. I haven’t always been faithful in writing to this list, but I do notice than when I write, it helps to center and ground our routine. Thanks for sticking with me! And remember, when the list has dry spells, there’s always the archives, found here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Natural_Childhood/messages

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I haven’t updated here for a while; between gestating and writing the spring book and homeschooling, there’s been little time for anything else.

But, the spring book is finished! 90 pages, 10 weeks of ideas, and full of flowers and fairies and fun.

It’s available here:
http://naturalfamily.50megs.com/custom_1.html

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You know, I never quote know what to put here. I have two mailing lists: Natural Childhood, where I try to post tips, ideas, recipes–just little things for adding Waldorf-inspired ideas to your life–and feasts and festivals, which is mostly feasts and festivals, LOL! I guess I invisioned this as a place to post day-to-day stuff. But I’ve been trying so hard to stay offline during the day, and by the time night rolls around, I’m really, really tired.

Anyway…