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Outside:

Although we are experiencing some sub zero temperatures, we are finding our way outdoors.    We have a solid base of snow for cross country skiing and between after-school ski practices, MYSL and weekend outings, we're logging a fair amount of kilometers on the trail.

Coffee shop 2
Coffee shop 2

Duct tape crafts
Duct tape crafts
Duct tape crafts

Inside:  

We are staying warm, even given our recent sub-zero temperature cold snap.   We recently tried out a new coffee shop in town with a welcoming atmosphere after a cold and snowy ski.  We have been keeping ourselves busy inside, the kids experimenting with duct tape crafts, the mama with some knitting projects.  On these winter days we are also savoring summer blueberries and backyard maple syrup with pancake breakfasts.

Wishing you a great start to your week!


snow day projects

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IMG_5060When we were not outside playing in the snow, we took advantage of our bonus 'snow day' at home to do some projects.   We're big fans of audible, both the mama and the kids had an audiobook going on and off throughout the day.   I spent time away from my responsibilities of home and made time for some hands-on creativity: making a batch of soap, spinning and knitting, making some jewelry and guiding my daughter in her own soap-crafting efforts (making bath bombs).  

I am a homebody at heart and days like this, where I can just soak up the experience of being at home with my four children are so recharging for me.  And it was quite a productive day as well!


my heart is smiling


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IMG_4124Imitation is the best form of flattery, right?  How could I not be flattered when I found these images....and about 50 more... after my daughter had an opportunity to explore the garden with my camera.

 My hope is that I am passing on the value of practicing gratitude to these children of mine -and I think this daughter of mine is grasping the idea that:

We can find wonder when pausing to admire the beauty of dew drops on a piece of kale.

 With just the right light, a sunflower can seem magical.

By sharing an image that includes our hands or feet, can reflect how grounded, centered and grateful we feel.

Her understanding of this seems to be illustrated with the moments in time she was able to capture while on her own journey  cultivating habits of gratitude.

.....and this makes my heart smile.


In the Garden & In the Kitchen - Mid August

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Oh August, a month of abundance!  

This month is delivering an abundance of garden (work and harvest), preserving, gatherings with friends and family -and lots of lake time.   We have been so busy, but in a full, rich and wonderful way.   August, has its moments, but overall it is a wonderful time to be.


nature's gifts - blooming ladyslippers


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I took the whole family out back to see a couple of the blooming lady slippers that I came across on a recent walk -

and look what we found, dozens of beautiful blooming flowers!

I take this as a reminder to continue to be mindful and pay attention to the subtle changes and gifts that are present each day in my  northwoods surroundings.

 

 


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We have been experiencing some pretty gloomy, snowy and muddy weather this week.  It is quite tempting to complain and give into the crabbies. 

However, I am working with intention to find pockets of light and love amidst this all - seeking moments of sunshine that can often be overshadowed by the clouds.

Today I am sharing just some simple snapshots that reflect gratitude:

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sprouts of green in my kindergarten classroom

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gifts of eggs from our flock of chickens

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echoes of "mama kiss!" before I head off to work

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all six of us eating together around our family table

yes, there is lot's of sunshine in my life these days - clouds, snowflakes, mud and all! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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IMG_2016We are experiencing a winter cold snap here in Northern Minnesota.  With temps far below zero,  it can hurt to breathe when you are outside - but the beauty of the sunshine on these cold winter days is remarkable.  

So today, after school when I was tending to the chickens I decided just to linger just a little bit longer (than 5 minutes) to pause and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the outdoors that is so easy to miss on these cold, frigid days.  Even if it was just a couple minutes longer - enough time to grab my camera and preserve a couple of moments through snapshots - it was a gentle reminder that I need to take more moments like this - to pause, savor and appreciate - the beauty in each new day.  This is a practice I want to make more of a habit to  help me stay present and  grounded in the fullness of my life.