It’s been a long day. One of those days. Mama’s temper is short, Daddy’s been at work for many long hours, and the kids, Little Girl and Baby Boy, are quite put out. There’s a schism where our family unity and rhythm used to be and no one is sure what they can say to […]More
Welcome to the Holiday edition of Rhythm of the Home
As the cooler weather is upon us, and the holidays are fast approaching, we hope that you will find joy in the pages of this edition of Rhythm of the Home. The holiday season is one of magic, on so many levels, and a true opportunity to bring our families, our friends, and our communities together. This edition is filled with many reflections, crafts, and recipes that we hope will become holiday traditions and seasonal joy in all of your households for years to come. As always, our contributors poured their hearts into this edition, and we are blessed to have so many amazing writers, artists, creators and parents joining us once again.
This edition is our 16th, and it is one we cherish so very much, for it is also our last. The holidays are where we began, and so we felt that it would be a fitting season to end. Saying goodbye is never easy, but this goodbye feels particularly hard. Rhythm of the Home has been so much a part of our lives these last four years, and we have loved every minute. We hope that you will take the time to read our farewell letter, as we put into words just how much this incredible community means to us. .
From our family to yours. Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Many Blessings.
A slouchy hat, inspired by one of our favorite fairy tale creatures. Size Preschool, Child, Teen, Adult To Fit Head Circumference 20”, 21”, 22”, 23” Gauge With Size 8 needle (or size needle needed to obtain gauge): 18 stitches = 4 inches 24 rows = 4 inches Materials 2 skeins of Cascade 220 – […]
As a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling mama, I am often thinking about the rhythm of our days. Balancing active, outward activities with more quiet, contained, “in-breaths” to craft a rhythm that doesn’t feel forced, flows organically, and supports our family culture can feel challenging at times. After reading, reflecting, discussing, and brainstorming on this topic, I began […]
As adults, our lives are filled with chores. Our days are a non-stop stream of childcare and work, always moving from one obligation to the next. We review the past, and we plan ahead. Children, on the other hand, see it all differently. They see what’s right in front of them, right now. They see […]More
This spring our family made a very big move from the deep south of Louisiana to the beautiful woods of New England. We are a Coast Guard family, and we move like this every three years or so. While this kind of adventuring is usually fun for little ones, it gets harder as they grow […]
When I was growing up we had a large grocery sack full of hand-knitted mittens and hats. These were not the mittens and hats we wore to school or out with our friends. Oh no, we were far too cool for that. However, each time we went out to play in the Winter months, these […]
Here at Rhythm of the Home, we know how important reading is to you and your family. Children are natural lovers of stories, and sharing seasonal books and poems with them can create traditions that can be passed down for generations. A few of our readers recently shared their favorite holiday reads with us, and […]More
“How does it feel to be …?” is the question I ask my children on their birthdays. Their response is almost always the same. Despite being children who are articulate about their feelings, they tell me: “It doesn’t feel any different.” But when my eldest child turned 13 this year, I knew it was different. […]
Being away from ‘home’ and loved ones during the holiday season is not for the faint of heart. How do we as mothers and caregivers cultivate a spirit of awe and wonder for the holiday season when we ourselves long to be closer to the ‘fires of home’? How do we give our children a […]
There’s a picture book I loved as a child that seems to capture the feeling of melancholy that can come from transitioning from one season to the next. Four collie puppies greet each changing season with trepidation, wanting the previous one to last a little longer. As fall sets in and cool winds begin to […]More
Four years ago, this past August, I got together with one of my best friends. It was a normal day. Bernadette and I were going to eat soup and cheese, drink wine, and chat for a few hours while the kids played. It was a day like so many others we had enjoyed in the […]
When we are little ones, basking in the glow of imagination and play, we dream of becoming something extraordinary. If we are lucky, we are read books and told stories with wild adventures, exotic travels, and magical endings. We find ourselves dreaming of becoming the astronaut, the teacher, or perhaps even, the storyteller themselves. For […]