My summer weekend with young kids

Seasons of Our Joy

Jason Mankey has a post up about My Summer Weekend, listing reading, viewing, eating, and other doing he's looking forward to over Memorial Day weekend. He hopes that lots of folks sharing their summer weekend plans will give us all inspiration for what to read and eat and so on. I love his list and it's totally different from my own, so I thought I'd jump in and share My Summer Weekend plans. Will you too?DoingI'm getting ready for a big cross-country family move, so a lot of my weekend … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Thunder

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post -- two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week: when we see ourselves in the Goddess, we claim our thunderous power.   "The image of the Goddess inspires women to see ourselves as divine, our bodies as sacred, the changing phases of our lives as holy, our aggression as healthy, our anger as purifying, and our power to nurture and create, but also to limit and destroy when necessary, as the very force t … [Read more...]

Mamapriestess

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Mamapriestess...She who defends and protects She who opens her heart just a little wider She who trusts She who tries again She who gathers to her breast She who gathers women in ritual She who hopes Prays Fears She who loves so deeply That it crosses all boundaries To eternity. (*This post is excerpted from Goddess Mother by Molly | Feminism and Religion.)The Motheredness of the WorldCynthia Eller in Living in the Lap of the Goddess notes that “some spiritual feminists sa … [Read more...]

Threshold Moments

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“Labor is all about finding your threshold and learning you can go beyond it.” –Rose St. JohnI think one of the powerful lessons of birth is about one’s own immense capacity. Each of my births has had a “threshold” moment and, indeed, I have some notes taken for a possible future article about being, “At the Threshold: Pivotal Moments in Birth.” With my first son my threshold moment occurred during pushing when I realized I had to just do it, I had to push him out even though it was sca … [Read more...]

Becoming a Woman – Book Review

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I really wish I'd had a book on what it means to become a woman when I was 12. The only text I had was Judy Blume's generation defining book, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I wish that some one would have told me that my cycles would be erratic for a couple of years, not just in spacing, but in flow. Finding that out at a slumber party in the 8th grade was a deeply embarrassing experience (imagine having to knock on your friend's parents' bedroom door in the middle of the night, because … [Read more...]

Four Simple Ways to Honor Spirit in Baby’s First Year

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By Thekla Richter  Finding time to nurture your connection with divinity might seem laughable when you are so busy nurturing your newborn and struggling through the most basic aspects of day-to-day life. Yet, at the same time, if you were supported by spiritual practice before you had your baby, giving up that path entirely can leave a huge void in your life that you feel deeply even through your haze of exhaustion.The good news is that tending your spirit and connecting with the … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

“Blessed be all the mothers of mothers. Blessed be all the daughters of daughters. Blessed be all the daughters of mothers. Blessed be all the mothers of daughters. Now and forever, wherever we are.” –Diann L. Neu In Uganda there is a special word that means "mother of a newborn"--nakawere. According to the book Mothering the New Mother, "this word and the special treatment that goes with it apply to a woman following every birth, not only the first one. The massages, the foods, the care, 't … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Finding calm in the storm of parenting

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. Parenting, distraction, prayer, nurture, self-care, and stillness... "This is the real challenge of our spiritual lives as parents: to take our distracting thoughts, not to mention the distracting nursing, dressing, schoolwork, sibling fights, family vacations, baths, stories, meetings, and bedtimes, and make of them the prayers that are our lives." - Rabbi Nancy … [Read more...]


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