Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dedicating a new Blessing Bowl

Elaina was my big helper....

I seasoned the bowl with a little olive oil and sea salt. To incorporate the elements I lit a brown candle for the upcoming Fall season,  filled two glass containers with water and one with sea salt. I added a bell to represent air. I picked various herbs from my yard as a blessing. Elaina really wanted to blow the candle out but she settled for ringing the bell.

Cookies with homemade sprinkles

Friday, September 12, 2014

After a long day

My day was long but only started to get stressful after being away from my children for 14 hours. Solution. ... snuggle with infant and nurse as the weight of my Fall Mother figure rests heavily on my chest. My center was touched but not quite found. I need more time with my kids......

My vegetarian journey

Dinner tonight. .... vegetable pasta covered in cheese with mushrooms and two boiled eggs on the side. My husband made it all. I would have jazzed it up a bit more with some herbs and spices but it was pretty good.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Preparing.... seasons turn

A pomegranate. ...
I am lucky to have a daughter who is an artist. I asked her to draw me a pomegranate to be used in a ceremony coming up for Mabon. I plan on burning it to celebrate the turning of the season in honor of Persephone. Lyn drew this in 10 minutes using colored pencils.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Full Moon

Sharing ritual and learning with some of my children and then communing alone.....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Such a whirlwind week

MUUMS meeting and then meeting with some new wonderful friends and work, work, and more work!!!! I said I love children right? :)

My own and I enjoy teaching infants.....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Etta is eating watermelon!

Way to go baby. We have been trying for a while to get Etta to eat something.  She nurses fine and will take a bottle when she has to but she won't have anything to do with babyfood. At 9 months it is good to see her trying something :) .

Monday, September 1, 2014

A day in the woods

6 kids and the woods....
With it being Labor Day and one of the few days I am off all my jobs I got the kids out of the house and we went for a little hike. It was pretty hot but Lyn tried out her new skills she learned at camp counselor training. She made a "tent" for the kids, taught them how to safely make a fire and hung up her hammock.  Everyone got a turn but Etta and I were lucky enough to take a little nap in it after she nursed. I enjoy providing memories for the kids. We can't afford much but what little time I get to be home I want it to be spent with them. We had a store bought picnic and enjoyed the forest.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A night in the dark...

Down at the creek again with the kids and my regular meditation ritual.  Etta was in my lap. Holding my youngest daughters helps center me. I burned one of my favorite incense, Gaia. I dressed a small beeswax candle and burned it with healing intent for friend's ill cat. May his strength return and help him heal. My orange candle was lit to celebrate the upcoming turning of year and a new season coming upon us. The white represents the life force around us that I manifest in my mind as the Earth that Mothers us. I did a few 3 card readings with a tarot deck I am not 100% comfortable with yet but they did give me some clarity to my thoughts. I always try to light three candles. They have different meanings each time though.

Our day yesterday (no football)

We are not a football or really any other sport family. I took yesterday to spend with some of my kids. We played at the playground and ran a lot of errands. I am so proud of my almost 16 year old daughter,  Lyn. She started a job. She has been working as a childcare provider at church but now she is a full fledged waitress getting tips. One of our errands was to drop her off at work. It was a hot day but we had fun playing. I brought some "funky" juice to cool us off as we played. Ahh, can everyday be Saturday?

My weight loss

I haven't weighed under 160 pounds in a while. My weight has gone up and hovered around 180 and 170 with the births of my last children.  Now at 40 years old I feel healthier than I have in a long time. I'm happy with my 9 month postpartum body after my 9th baby and 12th pregnancy.  150 pounds sounds like a new goal now.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pick of the day

The yellow flowers have been speaking to me for several days now as I drive by them. I can see them out of a window during part of my work day too. I finally picked some. The purple flowers were a nice added surprise.  I never saw them hiding. I will add them to my wreath at home. I desperately need some golden rod.