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 […]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.
Ever a sunshine and summer girl, winter sets upon me with a blanket of gloomy darkness. It wasn’t until I had children that I got a glimpse of the possibility this darkness offers. In darkness lights shine brighter, no longer competing with the strength of the sun. Seeing the darkness and cold of winter through […]
After the exhilaration of starting out, there often comes a lull. The voice of the critic starts to creep back in once your initial voice of inspiration has quieted down a little: “You might be doing creative things,” it whispers, “But so what! It isn’t like you’re actually any good, is it? Look at those […]
Summer slips into autumn so quickly. Days stay warm but nights get longer and suddenly the pool and the lake are not quite as warm anymore. Spending the day splashing around shifts to only running in to cool off; time at the beach becomes less about seeing how far we can swim and more about […]More
Wintertime has always been a time of drawing inward for me. Emotionally and physically. I grew up in a beach town and spent most of my days outside except during the winter. The shift was a drastic one for me each year and I found myself slowing down and resting. Winter is a time of […]
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 […]
Halloween is right around the corner and I expect our party of trick or treaters will look much like it did on our first candy hunt three years ago. Our daughter will be in the lead, my husband will stay at her heels, camera in hand, and my parents — all three of them, and […]More
As we say goodbye to Rhythm of the Home, we look to those who are continuing the work of fostering a love of creativity, natural learning, and family traditions in our community. Liz Sniegocki has been a frequent contributor to ROTH, and last year she began her own set of Nature E-Books for each season. […]
Celebrating the season’s festivals is one of the most beautiful aspects to Waldorf education, and a favorite with children as well. Here is our collection of the many of the season’s festivals (for 2011), and a few resources to help make each a cherished tradition for years to come. :::::::::::: Autumn Halloween :: October […]
Joanna Johnson is one of those women who has a quiet soul, and a fierce mind. Meeting her in person, you would swear you knew her for years, as she is easy to fall into a conversation with over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Joanna’s work has been beloved by many […]More
For the past several years, at the end of each year, I have picked a word I want to focus my energy and attitude toward for the year ahead. A year ago, on a date night for our anniversary, my husband and I were chatting about this and I suggested perhaps we should choose a […]
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 […]