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Whimsy and Spice

We’ve had fun in the snow again this week… starting with a very competitive snowball fight in the forest… boys against parents. It all started when the parents wanted to go for a walk in the forest after the snowfall. Boys weren’t keen for a walk… until a snowball fight was suggested.

I can’t tell you who I think enjoyed the snowball fight the most. The boys had great fun but judging by the way the parents faces shone with joy and exhilaration, it might have been the parents. In fact, a few of my muscles were very stiff and sore the next day, hinting to the fact that I may have become a little overexcited during the game. Leopard crawling through the snow is hard work.

I highly recommend a snowball fight the next time it snows in your neck of the woods.

 

 

I have commissioned Kitty to draw the header for my Fairy Garden site that is getting an upgrade. I love to watch her work. I asked for a whimsical look and, boy, has she outdone herself. I can’t wait to show you the finished art. It’s stunning!

 

 

We started to feel sorry for the birds as the snow covers all the ground and grasses and we were wondering where they get their food from. So, we put out a treat for them… a seed bell and a tray of apple pieces.

Who was first to the feast? You guessed it… Mr Squirrel!

Mr Cat can now be found at the kitchen window, trying to shoo Mr Squirrel away from the bird treats. There is an ongoing dispute between the birds and the squirrel and, now, the cat! Watching the shenanigans at the kitchen window is one of my favorite things to do.

 

 

It rained little balls of ice the other day. Quite the most magical thing! Tiny ice balls falling from the sky and bouncing on the ground. I know it’s called sleet or hail but I the sleet and hail I’ve seen before was bigger balls and fell for just a few seconds… this sleet fell for hours and hours. Afterwards, the snow felt thick and sandy and little droplets were frozen solid on all the trees and branches. It was quite something! They looked like dewdrops but were solid ice to the touch.

 

 

Here are some more photos of the snow I just can’t resist showing you. Snow is the prettiest thing!

 

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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The Canvas of Life

There are so many beautiful little things that make life meaningful. It’s the little things, my friends! My wish is that we see them for what they are… the notes in the orchestra, the colors in the masterpiece, the movement in our Riverdance.

I thought this was so beautiful and wanted to make sure you don’t miss it.

 

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Waldorf Everyday :: January 22

Come and join our Instagram tribe, Waldorf.Everyday.

It’s a collective window into our Waldorf and simple-living Instagram posts, bringing us all together and giving us a place where we can connect. If you want to be found by other Waldorf.Everyday followers, simply tag your posts with #waldorfeveryday . Each day, I’ll choose a tagged post to feature along with some beautiful words to inspire. If I feature your post,’ll tag you, of course.

Be sure to follow @Waldorf.Everyday on Instagram so that you don’t miss a single beautiful community share.

Here are some recent features :

 

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The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Albert Einstein.

Beautiful photo from @jodimockabee

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Raw foods contain the sunlight energies that are stored in their tissues through the process of photosynthesis. Rudolf Steiner

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Just as we do not give full responsibility to children in questions of daily life because their faculty of judgment is not fully developed, so, too, we should not give them full responsibility for their nutrition by granting all of their wishes and cravings. Adults must lay the foundation, with consideration for particular likes and dislikes that a child may have.

Adults have a special responsibility to children in choosing their food and nutrition. A small child can not differentiate between “healthy” or “unhealthy,” “desired” or “less-desired.” Today, learning to eat right is more important than ever before since many products, such as sweets, are produced with children in mind and marketed directed to children in a wide variety of advertisements. WaldorfLibrary.org

Gorgeous gnome lunch photo from @elliotineverland

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Warmth is probably one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Not only the warmth of our love but also keeping their physical bodies warm. Children are developing their bodies especially during the first 7 years of their lives. An infant and a young child will always feel warm unless they are on the verge of hypothermia because they have an accelerated metabolic rate. If we don’t provide them with the layers of cotton, silk, and wool to insulate their bodies, then they must use some of their potential “growth” energy to heat their bodies. This same energy would be better utilized to further develop their brains, hearts, livers, lungs etc. In addition, being cold decreases immunity. We are all more susceptible to the germs and viruses that are always around us when we are wet and cold. When our body has to expend extra energy to keep warm then less energy is available to “fight” off infections. Susan R. Johnson, MD.

Beautiful photo from @wholefamilyrhythms

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Mamas, we all strive and struggle and want to create conditions for our children to have the very best childhood. I want to remind you today, to remind yourself everyday, they do. They have you. And each day is a new day with something simple to celebrate. It’s already there. Ease up on yourself. (I include myself here) It is not about the decorations or crafts. It is about what lives in your heart.
Take your child in your arms or on your lap, have a good snuggle or rocking time. Just be present. Be there with yourself, and your child. Play a lap game or a finger play. Tell a story from your childhood, something simple that you remember.

This really is the foundation of rhythm. Of being present in the moment. Of simplifying the activities in the day so that we (me included) can just be here in the moment. Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie.

Beautiful photo from @buzaljko

I hope to see you over at @Waldorf.Everyday.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Waiting For Something Increases It’s Value

It snowed yesterday and everything is once again covered in a blanket of powder-white snow. It’s magnificent. I seriously can’t get over how beautiful it is. I walk out over the squeaking snow and smile with joy, thinking to myself how lucky I am to be here in this very spot at this very time.

In fact, I’ve been complaining lately that it hasn’t snowed enough! Can you believe that? My Good Man and I have a joke that we should have moved to Alaska. To think that we were apprehensive of living in the snow and cold weather… it almost put us off moving to this beautiful part of the world. Now, it’s our favorite FAVORITE thing. We can’t imagine loving another season as much as we love the winter in New Hampshire.

I remembered something important yesterday, while waiting for the snow… that waiting for something makes it even more wonderful when it comes. You see, I’ve been LONGING for fresh snow, for days and days, wishing so hard for it to fall and, when it finally did, with huge snowflakes floating slowly onto the ground, it literally made me feel jittery with joy! Exuberant and exhilarated with the wonder of nature and the magic of life! I felt like a child on Christmas morning… literally… I had a distinct memory of what it feels like to have truly waited for something magical and have it actually arrive. Pure, happy, giddy joy!

I rediscovered that when we are made to wait for something, it’s value to us increases. I’ve been pondering on this today and reminding myself that herein lies an important aspect of parenting that I need to reclaim.

I want my children to feel excited with life. I want them to experience real joy with what they have. I want them to know how lucky they are. I want them to feel the magic and wonder of getting something they have really waited for or worked hard to get. Yet I seem to have fallen into our modern paradigm of giving them so much, too much… they want/we give. We rarely let them experience the challenges and then magic of waiting. They want lego, they get lego. They want chips, they get chips. They want new paints, they get new paints. When they get the lego, chips or paints so readily, we see that they don’t feel the gratitude we expect them to feel? In turn, we feel disappointed in their lack of thankfulness. We might even get angry with them. ‘Do you know how lucky you are to have so much?’ we might ask. They shrug in confusion.

What yesterday reminded me, was that we are largely to blame for their apathy. We don’t allow them to long for much. We don’t let them experience the challenges of working really hard for what they think they need. We don’t even think they truly know what they want as they get so much.

So, kids, I’m sorry-not-sorry, but things are going to change a little here. We are not going to mindlessly get or give anymore… we are going to wait and work for the things we want. It’s a good thing, I promise… we will all feel so much more joy and gratitude for what we have.

 

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Blessings and magic,

Donni