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Over the earth is a blanket of green,
Over the green is the dew,
Over the dew are the waving trees,
Over the trees is the blue.
Across the blue are the racing clouds,
Over the clouds is the sun,
Over it all is the love of God,
Blessing us every one.

~A Star to Guide Me: Illustrated Prayers for Children

We were all in bed and mostly asleep by eight o'clock last night.  It had been a difficult weekend.  The night before, Mike blew a tire on the way home and the car slid along the jersey barrier on the interstate, making it undrivable for the time being.  Hours later, the towing company (which just happened to be in our town) brought him home, safe and sound.  He and I have been shaken up by the whole thing, as you might imagine.  The children have been mostly unaffected by this, of course, and know mainly that the car is at the Car Hospital and will be for awhile.  We are their filters and buffers to the world and its troubles.  To them, it is a good place and that is how it should be.  We  are glad he was alone and most glad that he is okay.  The car will take time to fix, but he's started the insurance claim.  We're without a car for awhile, but Mike often walks to work.  I can get a ride to the grocery store for our big monthly shopping trip this week.

CandlemasMy march through books continues and I'm reading Heaven On Earth this week.  In the best possible timing, I read over the suggested bedtime routine.  Our children have never been ones to go to be super early, but never super late.  It's never een hard to get them to sleep by 8:30 or so.  But, they've been waking up earlier lately and when I read the routine, something just clicked.  So, last night, I made warm milk with cinnamon and honey and small slices of toast with butter and honey.  They enjoyed that--Willow was in love with the idea of it being the same every single night.  We brushed teeth and laid out clothes and read part of the first chapter of Little House in the Big Woods, said the above verse and lit the angel candle.  Mike laid down with them and they all went to sleep.  I nursed Laurel to sleep and put her in the hammock.  I read over the Enki materials for this upcoming week and went to bed myself.

It's so funny to me that it worked so well.  My children really went to bed at 7:30.  I don't know if that will be the new time or not.  It will depend on when they wake up this morning.  Roan still very much needs a nap, as well.  It will be experimental, but the routine and the snack we will keep.  I used to openly decry Heaven on Earth, but I hadn't read the whole thing.  Silly me.  It really does have a lot of good ideas, more practical ideas for living with children and encouraging creative play.  They make more sense to me now that I have several children.  It's wordy in some parts on trying to sell limited media or tell how the brain works as children grow (Enki spends considerable time on this), but nothing really offensive in the two-thirds I've read.  It's a more mainstream Waldorf book, I think.

So, here we are, on the other side of yet another challenge.  I'm trying to let it go by and know that it will be right again soon.  We know the drill with insurance claims, mostly, from an accident I had a few years ago.  Our routine has become strong enough that our children are able to feel safe and held through the variables of a traveling job and the unexpected.  They make me feel safer, too, and more content.  I'm really not all that upset about being homebound and traveling on foot for a few weeks.  I don't think I'll ever forget Willow's joy over toast and warm milk.


( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Mar. 2nd, 2015 02:01 pm (UTC)
Toast and milk is something my girls would also totally delight in. I am glad your new routine is making you happy -- did they sleep any later?

I am so sorry about the car.
Mar. 4th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
They woke about the same time, so I guess that is good? They got more sleep. I'm looking forward to the time change so we can do evening walks again.
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
I am so sorry about the car, but I am so glad Mike was okay, and that you were able to keep things calm and gentle for the kids. Toast and warm milk before bed sounds like a wonderful routine! That is kind of what our lavender baths do for us... it marks the beginning of our wind-down time before bed.
Mar. 4th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, me, too. The children are really enjoying the new routine. Trying to fit Laurel into it is a little tricky, but we'll work it out. How do you do your lavender baths?
Mar. 3rd, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Glad Mike's okay and the accident wasn't worse... times like these, we can be happy we don't know the future until it is the present...
Mar. 4th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, "I care not today what the morrow may bring, if shadow or sunshine or rain," carries me through a lot of days lately.
( 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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