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Encouragement for moms~
Go out and PLAY !!

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“If mothers could learn to do for themselves what they do for their children… we should have happier households.

Let the mother go out to play!

If she would only have courage to let everything go when life becomes too tense,
and just take a day, or half a day, out in the fields, or with a favourite book,
or in a picture gallery looking long and well at just two or three pictures,
or in bed, without the children,
life would go on far more happily for both children and parents.”                                                                                                                                      ~Charlotte Mason

Let the mother go out to play !

Don’t you just love those words ?
Children have no trouble playing.
Fun is pulsing through their veins and wiggling out of every limb.
Play just comes naturally to them.
If left alone long enough, children invent the most wonderful games and fantastic stories.
Creativity and imagination are limitless, emotions are being worked out,
FUN is happening !
Think about it…kids generally don’t return from playing outside all stressed out!  🙂

When was the last time that YOU went out to play mom ?

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old;   they grow old because they quit playing.” 
~Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

photo by:

Jackolantern


Making Memories

What is your happiest childhood memory?

Really.
Stop and think hard.
Close your eyes and remember.
Think of the all the little details.
It will make you smile.
Even today.

Ever think of how your own children might answer this question someday?

Every day, we have the opportunity to create memories with the people we love.
It doesn’t have to involve expensive vacations or extravagant gifts…just some thought
and some time and lots of love.
Get creative !

I have two (update: THREE😱)  kids in their 20’s.
Every year they ask if we can still carve pumpkins.
It’s a tradition.
They bring their friends…we laugh…throw pumpkin guts…make a huge, sticky mess…
toast pumpkin seeds…eat snacks…and watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”.

I don’t know about how life changing or meaningful any of that may be,
but every year,  I take a deep breath,
and let the crazy mess begin,
and know we’re making another memory.

Need some easy memory making ideas today?

Here’s a list that I absolutely LOVE,   just to get you started.
10 Things Children Will Always Remember from The 36th Avenue

Making Memories :)
Making Memories 🙂

 

 

 

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“I feel that there is nothing
more truly artistic
than to love people”
~Vincent Van Gogh

Some days it just takes some extra creativity doesn’t it ?  🙂
Need some “artistic”  ideas for a tough day?

10 Ways to Say  ‘I Love You!’
(The wipe-off note board is such a great idea!)
Creative Ways to Say ‘I Love You’
(This is geared toward adults, thus the alcohol suggestions.  There are some really cute ideas that would work for any age though!)
25 Ways to Make Your Child’s Birthday Special
(Why wait?  Pick a day & make it special ! )

And to all you mamas out there, I’d make you a cup of steaming tea & a warm scone and sit and chat about what’s happening in YOUR life for awhile if I could.
I would tell you that as one of you, I so appreciate all the little things you do each day to make your family happy & healthy and your home a sanctuary of peace!
Praying that someone encourages your soul today as you feed the people in your life!

Happy Wednesday !

It’s a fields of daisies kind of day. . .

 

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photo by Rachel Kramer

It’s a fields of daisies kind of day!
It’s a fields of daisies kind of day.

Years ago, when I first started homeschooling my 3 children, my sister-in-law and I coined this term to describe one of those magnificent, living, learning, loving kind of days spent with our kiddos.  You know the kind of day.  The trip to the beach to collect & classify seashells… the afternoon hike in the fall to collect leaves…everyone sprawled out under a big shady tree “doing school”… strolling through an art museum on a Monday morning while the rest of the world is back to the grind.
And then all of a sudden you look up and you are struck with what a great blessing  it is to be right where you are in that moment.

And the days fly by!
My oldest children have moved out on their own, and my youngest child will graduate next year is a freshman in college ! These kind of days have morphed into new kinds of happy, but I always want to remember the beauty and simplicity of the daisy days.
As I went through the stacks & stacks of curriculum and unit studies our family has collected, they brought back memories of so many great times spent together.  I couldn’t bear to toss them all out.
And so I thought I’d share them with you!

As a very, very newbie blogger, I am learning as I go.
I will be posting a series of American Girl unit studies first, then adding other themes & topics and some random thoughts as I go.  I hope you’ll come back often to see what’s new!

Have you had a fields of daisies moment lately?
I’d love to hear about it!

Wishing you a lovely day!