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.
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 […]
If I tell people that I don’t make my children clean their rooms, they often look at me like I’m a little nuts. And I will be the first to admit that no spot in our home is perfect. (We have as many random socks, toppling book stacks and art explosions as the next family.) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]More
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]