“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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
“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 […]
“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. […]More
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 […]
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 […]
There’s a picture book I loved as a child that seems to capture the feeling of melancholy that can come from transitioning from one season to the next. Four collie puppies greet each changing season with trepidation, wanting the previous one to last a little longer. As fall sets in and cool winds begin to […]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 […]