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 – […]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 […]
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 […]
“All Aboard the Train please! More more All Aboard the Train PLEEASE!” come the cries from the backseat. Our two-year-olds are waving their hands, bouncing, and crying out for their favorite song one more time. My husband rolls his eyes and looks at me to ask if he should play it again. I silently curse […]More
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 […]
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 in our home, eating for holidays and celebrations can bring added stress and frustration. Our combined food allergies and celiac disease means that the only top-eight allergen we can consume is dairy (in restricted quantities). My son, who is five, bears the widest burden of our limited diet. Birthdays, school parties, and holiday gatherings […]More
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 […]
I try not to put words in my children’s mouths, try to be patient and give them ample time to speak their truths. I try hard not to ask a question, wait just a few seconds and then answer for them. As a teacher I’ve learned the importance of wait time. Silence does not mean […]
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 […]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 […]
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day carry a special tension that is unique to the festival year. At no other time is the heightened expectation, intensity of schedule, diversity of imagery, depths of emotion and tightness of stress – all happening at once. I am often amazed at how I can marvel at […]