Links and Other Thinks: March 2014

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 It is no secret that I love Susannah Conway’s blog, but her book, This I Know, blew me away. Seriously considering one of her e-courses. (Actually registered for one: The Sacred Alone. Oh my . . . without exaggeration, it is changing me.)

 YUM: crispy rice treatspork pot roastquinoa veggie burgers.

 My most favorite shirt is styled exactly like this top/dress pattern. Thinking of making (!) myself a few for warmer weather. Lord knows I have enough fabric!!

 Attention Waldorf Homeschoolers: Do you know about Waldorf Inspirations? So much inspiration organized by grade. Going to spend some time over there this weekend to help me with our upcoming Medieval History block.

 Going to give these veggie nuggets a try. (watch out Jude!!)

 Jen is such a great motivator! This month she is hosting a Clean Home Challenge – check it out.

 Want to bake bread with a bread machine? Jessica has a great tutorial. Don’t have a bread machine? See my low-tech post. My bread recipes are here.

 Katie has a nice round up of meatless meals for Lent – or anytime for that matter.

 Amy Butler’s magazine. Need to spend some time checking this out.

 Emmie pinned this tiny Easter garden, complete with three wooden crosses and the rock rolled away from the tomb. Precious and holy.

 I have two pairs of cashmere gloves with holes in the fingers that I can’t bring myself to throw away. Now I can refashion them with tips from this pin.

‘Til next month . . .

7 thoughts on “Links and Other Thinks: March 2014

  1. Great links Sheila, thank you! I was looking for that Waldorf Inspirations site recently and could not remember what it was called – now it’s pinned and bookmarked! :)

  2. Hi Sheila,
    I started following your blog a few months ago and love it! I am writing to day for a few reasons…
    1. Your photos and reflections are lovely and thought provoking, keep them up!
    2. I found the Waldorf Inspired Learning blog from you and have been following the Steiner cafe. It is great for this busy mom to have his lectures “gleaned ” for me!
    3. I love your links section. I don’t spend much time on the internet (I have found searching around to be such a time waster for me, and I try not to have it on around the kiddos) But, you have solved that problem for me! I found 3 great blogs from your last batch of links that gave me helpful inspiration and tips without any searching on my part. Thank you!!
    4. Hopefully will see you at Taproot in 2015. I have wanted to go for many years, but finally think it may happen that summer. Your hearty testimonial may have done the trick. i am starting my plan now for it to happen ;-)
    Take care and much love for your hard work, Amy

      • Hi Sheila, I came to Waldorf before I had children…I had some clients who had children in our local Waldorf school (in Austin, TX) These kids were so great, looking me in the eye, learning to knit, loving school, less affected by pop culture, etc. As I looked more into the philosophies behind the school it all seemed to make sense and resonate with the ideals that I wanted for our future children. Then a few years later we moved to Boston with our first baby. I began parent/child classes at out local Waldorf school and loved the teachers, atmosphere of the school, recommendations for family life (low amounts of media, high amounts of time in the natural world.) At the time, I also began an interest in homeschooling. I met a family on our street who homeschooled and in turn joined a Waldorf Homeschooling group – mind you my children at that time were only 1.5 yr and a new baby- so no “schooling” was going on , but it gave me a chance to commune with like minded families and learn more about Waldorf homeschooling. It gave me a wonderful chance to see others who were doing it (and also see how great their kids were!) Also, at this time, my husband was adamantly against homeschooling. He had the archaic idea of the socially awkward, completely shielded from the world, homeschooled child. So, I decided to sell him on Waldorf education first. We moved out to rural New Hampshire for a job change and happen to live near (well…45 min is near in the country!) a well stablished Waldorf school (Monadnock). So we began parent-child classes and my oldest began kindergarten there at 4. I started to volunteer quite a bit at the school, then began working there as an assistant, and my littlest began nursery 3 days a week. Although I loved my work there and learned so much, there was a tug at my heart as I was kneading bread, making felt, and cleaning toys with other children as my own children were doing the same thing with their teachers across the hall. Husband was still unconvinced :-( So, then the plan was that I would finish the nursery/kindergarten training and my children would attend the Waldorf school. Then a blessing came along! 1. A financial planner convinced my husband that his plan did not make sense (I could not earn enough outside of the home to make much of a dent in our budget after we paid for school and other costs of having two working parents.) 2. My husband took a job in another part of New Hampshire where we are exactly 1 hour away from 3 different Waldorf schools, The commute and costs made the schools impossible for us. Homeschooling became an option. Yay!! Now my kids are 7 and 5 ,and we are one year into our homeschool journey. Papa loves homeschooling now and is so happy with how things turned out. We started a co-op at our home this year – it has had it’s ups and downs, and we have learned so much.
        Whew! That was a long answer! I I don’t think I have ever written it all out. I will have to save a copy for their baby books :-) Take care, Amy

        • Wow Amy. That’s a great story. Have you spoken with Jean Miller? She has so much experience with Waldorf co-ops. I don’t know if she ever had one in her house, but I wouldn’t doubt it.
          Wondering if you would ever like to guest blog about your story? I don’t see a blog attached to your email/gravatar, so if you aren’t blogging on your own, I would love you to tell your story here. Think about it.
          Sheila

          • How flattering, Sheila. I don’t fancy myself as much of a writer, so thank you. I am leaving for Texas today for a long break from the New England cold. When I get back, I’ll contact you.
            Thanks for tip about Jean Miller, I will ask her.
            Take care, Amy

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