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We lit our third Advent candle last night during a simple supper.  I think now that we will light the candle before the meal as a way of quieting things down, of making the meal different from all the rest in the week.  Energy has been high lately, too high for me, and it's obvious that time outside is so helpful.  It's funny to me that the forecast seems to always have our work day be warm and pleasant and our nature school time be so cold. Oh, well, I gave Willow a pair of my wool socks.  We'll make it.

Light of Beasts

It's nice to reflect on each light as the weeks pass by, to notcie each kingdom and its beauty.  I know these are not the common symbols of the Advent candles, the ones used in many churches, but they really give the waiting meaning for our family.

Advent Wreath

Here's our hanging wreath, still artificial after last year's rained needles on every meal.  We have many more years to make a natural one and I have bigger fish to fry these days.

Tidy Space

I had some time to myself yesterday afternoon.  I often spend this kind of time working on school planning, sewing, or cleaning something. I know all that sounds perfectly boring, but it is very nourishing to me.  I really, really need the time alone so that I can be a better person when I am surrounded, which is all the time.  Yesterday, I spent the time restructuring play spaces.  It is obvious that Willow has left the early years behind and cannot sink into play with Roan and Laurel quite as easily.  She can still play and certainly does, but it is different now.

With that in mind, I examined the spaces and the ways they were being used (or not used) and did some shifting.  One play stand was disassembled and tucked under our bed.  Mike repaired one section of the play frames and I got them together again.  They're once more a cozy place for one, intended for quiet time.  The play kitchen moved under the canopy, since the children love it, but haven't been experiencing it's enveloping mood very much.  I moved the bookshelf and mushroom house over by the heat vent, where Roan likes to spend his time.  The bookshelf was being used for jumping, more than anything.  Time to change that.

I've been considering writing about homeschooling as an introvert and what that means to me.  I feel like there are societal voices that go on about giving children lots of social time, or lots of extra classes and activities.  That doesn't feel like the right choice for us at this time.  Budget is a big factor there, along with the question of what running here and there really teaches children.  I'm a firm believer in doing a few things well.  It's obvious I specialize in the domestic arts, and I don't see a need to fit a mold.  Home life naturally evolves as the people there do.


( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 12th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
These are such lovely images -- I can feel the hygge from here. :)

Homeschooling as an introvert, a subject dear to my heart. My biggest everyday sort of challenges come from those of my children who, as they enter into adolescence and beyond, for temperamental or whatever reasons, need SO MUCH MORE outside the house than I am ideally happy to facilitate.
Dec. 12th, 2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was thinking of you when I wrote that. :-) I'm hoping I will feel more like venturing out when the time comes. Our tiny town does offer some interesting opportunities and I hope they will keep on until the children are old enough to participate. IF not, my own quiet life in the country felt rich enough to me and that's another lesson in itself.
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Dec. 13th, 2016 11:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! You're experience sounds so similar to ours. It is strange how the pressure for a homeschooled child, even ones as young as ours, is so different. I'll be mulling it over. :-)
Dec. 14th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
I love these pictures; so peaceful and lovely.

I hope you do write up your thoughts on homeschooling as an introvert. R and I have once again begun discussion whether we'll homeschool next year, and we're realizing that will really be the only way for N to regularly interact with other kids her age. ATM it seems important to us that she has that, but I need another perspective. Also, we've all been so happy and calm this school year that I'm kind of feeling like who needs socialization.
Dec. 14th, 2016 12:57 pm (UTC)
I will, yes. I'm glad this year has been good for her. I would love to hear more about how things have been going for you all, when you get a chance.
( 6 trees — 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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