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Take the children outside

Last year on the last day of the year, it was around 5pm when I found out about the project/challenge to spend 150 hours in nature in the new year that a homeschooling mom had come up with.

I knew right away that’s what I wanted our challenge to be for the new year. I wanted to spend as much time as I could outside with Lorenzo.

To be honest we don’t go outside every day. I also prioritize; if there’s something I have to get done I don’t just leave it because we just have to go out. But I try to at least be out 15 minutes a day, and having hens and rabbits helps…you know we have to feed them and clean them and gather the eggs every day.

We spend a lot of time in our back yard and we prefer it to any other place so far. Last week we planted daffodil bulbs and made bird feeders.

There’s a whole lot of benefits from being out in nature, but for me I guess the most important one is to let Lorenzo grow up as slowly as he possibly can. Discovering himself in the seasons, in things that grow, in all sorts of weather, in wind and birds.

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Do you follow Humans of New York?

I recommend you do, it’s one of the few pages you’ll find stories from people around the world. Sometimes Brandon puts together a series of stories and the Rwanda series is very powerful.

It’s scary and horrible and yet full of hope and forgiveness.

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rwandaThis one girl mentions “Anne of Green Gables”. I liked that!

Slow Motherhood

I’ve been on a personal journey lately. I had to stop and reevaluate my whole life and rediscover myself as a woman, as a member of society and as a mom.

I found myself running thin, getting stressed out beyond what’s normally human. I wasn’t being the person I wanted to be.

That led me to look inside myself and pull out one by one all the “to-do’s” that had become ingrained in my life and ask myself if they were still important or not.

I realized I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be. That thought was scary enough to make me slow down, look for answers and take a U-turn.

I was a rushing like a mad person, rushing everyone along, making life so desperately complicated for my family and getting worn out every other minute of the day.

Enough!

That’s not what I want. I want slow, un-rushed, calm long and peaceful days!

I’m on a journey towards simple, slow motherhood. I want both my days and years to be long! Long and quiet!

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I have a quote taped on the door of my locker at work that I ripped from an old calendar:

Just think lovely wonderful thoughts and they lift you up in the air.

James Barrie

Lovely wonderful thoughts that keep you positive, that help you rise about the difficulties of the day to day life and not only at work.

It has become my motto…wonderful thoughts that lift you up!

 

I was still in Hungary when I first heard of Chris Guillebeau and something about his writing resonated with me. I have most of his books! This is the last one I read and it’s just WOW!

Read it!

Chris Guillebeau is from the States, he traveled to every single country in the world. He knows what he’s talking about!

Read it!

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I’m sure some of you heard about the #CivilmarchforAleppo  but in case you didn’t, here’s what’s happening:

A group of people started off from Berlin and they are walking to Aleppo as a way to raise awareness for the people in Syria and the refugees who flee the war-torn zones.

People from all over the place are joining the march, some only for a few days. Everyone is welcomed to join.

Here’s what you can read on the site of why they embarked on this journey:

Syria is the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time. We cannot watch it unfolding much longer. We want to transform the feeling of helplessness into action

I’m doing my part by spreading the word. In my heart I’m walking right along them! I believe we can make a difference!

Go and check out their site and their Facebook page, and if you can why not join them too?

#CivilMarchforAleppo is a march for peace!

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Last year, around Lorenz0’s first birthday, a mom I’d met at the park and I set up a playroom area at the local library.

In winter or in bad weather it can be a bummer to have to stay inside the house the whole afternoon, or the whole day if you are an SAHM. It’s nice to invite other mom’s and kids over to your place but that means cleaning up before and after and it’s not always practical, particularly if you don’t know them very well.

We thought it would be nice to have a “neutral” place where the kids could play together and the moms could hang out. I’m sure moms out there in blogland agree on this one, having someone to talk to that you can relate to it’s very comforting.

The mom I met at the park is a teacher, but she didn’t know how to go about it. I told her I knew the Mayor and I could ask if he could give us a room. He sent me to talk to the librarian and she came up with the idea to have the playroom right above the library in a sort of loft.

At the beginning it was just a few moms, a couple times it was only me and Lorenzo, but little by little other moms with kids started joining and now we a have a big group that gets together every Monday afternoon to hang out, play together and have tea and snack.

It’s funny how things just kind of grow by themselves, it takes a small initial effort but once it’s rolling it just keeps going.

It’s the initial effort that makes the difference, I wonder how many moms in this town before us sat at the park and thought

“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place we could go to where the kids could play together and the moms could chill and talk…”

It was the right time and the right place of course, still I think that if we want some things to happen we have to make them happen.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” J.F.K

How are you making a difference in your community?