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Caring for MarianThis week has flown by.  I can't believe it's Thursday already.  The weather has been very warm, like night and day from last week.  Our coolest morning was today and it was around 30° when I got up.  We've been tending to things that needed doing outside, in between rain showers.  There's been a lot of wood to move.  I think Mike is a bit of a wood collector now--smoking wood of multiple kinds, giant logs, old split logs, free wood we found already cut up by the rangers.  I organize it, mainly, since I want my front porch back.  The children help me to load it into the cart and haul it to the backyard.

I've been sleeping later, too, and reading during most of my free time, which hasn't been very much.  I'm reading Lifeways, currently, and it's a good one.  Published the year I was born, I still find it fits with how things are at our house.  Of course, in those days, there were few home computers and no distractions like the internet or space phones.  I feel like something has been lost, as many of us do, though there are gains to be had from the connections technology provides us.  I don't think I would be at this spot in my parenting journey without the ability to learn from the internet.

Lifeways has been an thought-provoking set of reflections and essays on what it is like to parent young children in a conscious way.  That the people got together and wrote it all is just amazing to me.  There are gender questions, of course, and stories from single parents.  There are thoughts on festivals through the year, mainly saints' days, and how they shape the family culture.  The description of a Martinmas lantern walk is perfect in capturing the spirit of the activity.  I'm so glad I found a copy and made the effort to read past the first couple of slow essays.

Like every other entry lately, things here need my attention while a couple of little people don't.  Oh, we bought a car last week with real money of our own and no debt!  What a miracle it was!  I can hardly believe it. 


( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )
Mar. 15th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
I love that picture.
( 1 tree — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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