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 […]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 – […]
Have you noticed the little blue bottles you can buy at health food stores for ear infections, a sprain, or back-pain? They normally list a complaint or two on the bottle and can work quite well for temporarily getting rid of annoying aches, pains, and sniffles. Homeopathy for symptom relief is used routinely by MD’s […]
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 […]More
“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 […]
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 […]
This Free wintertime Story is from the popular Martin & Sylvia Series! This story celebrates the quiet moments during the holiday season, when you have space to bring your own delight and creativity to the day. Looking for Delight In the middle of a very busy, rich, full and exciting holiday season, Martin and Sylvia […]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 […]
We talk a lot about separation anxiety in regards to children, but what about the same for parents? When our son was a toddler and showing signs that he was ready to move from our bed into a little space of his own, I found the change rather difficult. We see a lot of literature […]
Lucy, tell us a bit about yourself and your creative life. I have always, since as far back as I can remember, loved being creative – reading, writing, painting, drawing, crafting, singing and dancing. And I have never, ever been able to specialise. Since my early teens I have always been racing full speed […]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 […]
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 […]