“Create beauty not to excite the senses but to give sustenance to the soul.” -Gabriela Mistral While moving’s not the most relaxing experience one could hope for it does offer the perfect opportunity to purge and redesign our environment of excess stuff. Even without a move in one’s foreseen future, by simplifying your immediate surroundings […]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.
Sewing is one of those things I wish I could go back and learn when my mother and I still lived under the same roof. I wish I had listened when she said one day, when I had little ones, I would wish I knew how to sew. Twenty years later, and I’m moving slowly […]
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 – […]
I love living in a place that has four seasons. Making our home as far north as we do, we experience six months of cold weather each year. If we are lucky we’ll have snow for four or five of them. Many of the people I know would be aghast to read that statement. Lucky […]More
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 […]
“Play is the mechanism by which children learn— how they experience their world, practice new skills, and internalize new ideas— and is therefore the essential “work of children”. – Dr. Vivian Paley from her book, “A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play” “Through play, children learn about the world and engage in activities […]
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. […]More
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 […]
“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. […]
When Claude Monet was 80 years old, a Parisian photographer was keen on taking photos of him. Monet said to him: “If you really want to know me, take photos of my flowers, they look more like me than I do.” Recently, I have been thinking about this interaction. Are there things in one’s life […]More
Lately the hot topic around the house is why we do what we do. The seven-year-old is questioning and the ten-year-old gets it. Boy, does he get it now, and he voices it. With each individual explanation given, the underlying message becomes more clear: that we have decided to take new turns in our family’s […]
Because our culture and media typically portray love as two dimensional, the first months of romance or the fervent struggle to re-gain lost love, we are left with a hazy picture of how a healthy long-term relationship can look. We also may not always have had the best examples from relatives or friends. Handling […]