Portraits of Life in the Sunny House

A few mornings ago, I found Teddy sitting on the comfy couch in my room, playing “Kind Hearts in the Garden” on his recorder. The morning sun was streaming in through the window and kissing him. His shadow danced and played on the wall behind him. It looked and sounded so beautiful and touched my heart so deeply that I started to weep.

I have thought of that moment often in the last couple of days. The warmth of the sun on my boy. The remarkable sounds he was making. And the sense of overwhelming love that enveloped me. It was one of those moments that made time stand still. And it reminded me how amazingly lucky I am to be me.

 

Grade 1 Waldorf Child playing the flute recorder

 

Life has been so busy here at the Sunny House. So busy and full.

Kitty has been painting endlessly. Her skill continues to blossom and grow. I am happy to see her trying new things… being brave and bold.

Teddy is drawing too and is growing more confident in his own creativity. Music comes easily to him but art is a challenge. As with most things, he is learning that practice makes everything easier.

Mother’s Day was wonderful. A delicious pancake breakfast was cooked for me and my beautiful family made me feel so special. I am proud to be their mom.

I have been working hard in the studio and many new lines are on the horizon. I have a particular project that I am almost ready to unveil and am so excited to share its magic with the world… stay tuned.

Our garden has been bountiful this season… fruit and flowers galore. We have made jam and eaten berries until our tummies are full. The best news is that the passion fruit seems to have worked out its kinks and lots of little passion fruit are growing happily on the vine.

Even better news is that, at last, Teddy has fallen in love with a book. Of course it’s Harry Potter! We read at every possible moment. In the last photo of us reading, do you see the crocheted blanket we are sitting on? My Great Grandmother crocheted it when she was 101 years old! How precious is that?!

Here are some photos from our happy days in the Sunny House …

 

Starry Night PaintingPhoto of a Waldorf Boy drawingPancake Breakfast photoNeedle Felted Toadstool Pin Cushion photoPhoto of a star in a blueberryDusky Pink RosePhoto of mother and son reading on granny square blanket

 

I hope you are having a happy day,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Book Giveaway : The Sunchildren

I’m so happy to have Magic Sponsor, Ancient Amber, introduce her sweet Sunchildren books today and share a Giveaway with us.

There are three books in the set… stories for the whole family to enjoy.

The Sunchildren are creative, expressive, and festive little fairy children who anticipate the change of each new season in their own unique and non-traditional way. Instead of following traditions they create their own.

This story is a very simple way for children to think about the passing of time and changing of seasons as well as an emphasis on crafting personal traditions. Each book focuses on a specific season. At the back of each book of are special journal pages for children to fill I’m their own seasonal traditions including favorite activities, stories, games and songs.

I love how interactive the books are for parents and children. The author asks readers what they see in the pictures and it presents an opportunity to ask children questions about the story.

Lucky us. In celebration of Summer Solstice, Amber is generously giving away a set of the three books to one lucky Magic Onions reader.

This Giveaway has been won by Ashley… congrats… I know you and your little one will enjoy snuggling and reading these inspiring books together.

To enter, please leave a comment at the end of the post.

A lucky winner will be chosen randomly on Sunday, May 17.

You can find Ancient Amber here :  FACEBOOK  , INSTAGRAM , PINTEREST.

Good Luck and blessings and magic,

Donni

 

 

 

 

To my Mom.

photo of family horseback riding in the Grand Tetons

 

To my mom.

Happy Mother’s Day to the most amazing person I know.

You are an inspiration, Mom. You make the most of everything you do. You have such an open heart to all life has to offer. It’ s a joy to be with you.

Thank you for making the long journey to be with us every year. And for staying for so long. I know I often complain that a month is not long enough, but that’s only because the year between aches with your absence. Every moment of our time together is so precious to me, and cherished. And to Teddy and Kitty and Matthew too. We think of you often, here in our Sunny House, and of the many memories we have made together. We talk about Granny and smile and laugh and realize how lucky we are to be your family.

Thank you for being the anchor. Thank you for giving us wings. Thank you for showing us that happiness lives inside your own heart and comes from the love you give to others.

I am so lucky you are my mom.

Look at us here, riding in the forests beneath the Grand Tetons. Didn’t we have fun!

I love you, Mom.

Big blessings and magic to you today,

Donni

Discovering Circle Time : Discovering Waldorf

Waldorf preschool teacher, AnnMarie, has written a lovely article to help us understand circle time in a Waldorf preschool classroom.

“The circle is the heart of the Waldorf early childhood curriculum.  If I needed to sum up our day in a few words they would be: eat, play, circle.  The theme of the circle corresponds with the current season or festival.  It should help the students to deeply hold the mood of the season.  This is important for very young children as we sometimes forget that they have only seen a few years on our beautiful planet.”  ……. Continue reading   HERE

The Art Of The Waldorf Circle

For other great articles on Waldorf Education, please visit the Discovering Waldorf page.

You can read more about AnnMarie and follow her charming blog here : Beauty and Order

 

Watercolor painting of Waldorf Circle Time in a Waldorf Preschool

With head, heart and hands… and many blessings and lots of magic,

Donni