needle and thREAD

needle and thREAD

We’ve changed up how we’re doing quiet time around here, and I think we all like it. More on that later.
But an upshot is that for Moriah’s past few “quiet times with Mommy” she has chosen to sew.

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One of her co-op classes has been working on embroidery, so she was the expert this past week, improving my technique. Or rather, giving me some technique, since I have no idea what I’m doing in needlework. (Give me a straight seam any day.)   The heart on the right is my first effort; the heart on the left is after a little teaching. And oh, did she love to be the teacher.

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I’m delinquent on recent book reviews. I read Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross’s Simplicity Parenting recently. So much good in this book.

The idea is sound: the more our lives are crowded (my word, not theirs) — with stuff (including toys), with activities and commitments, and with media– the less able our children (and we) are to engage with what is right before them.  This crowding leads to anxiety and disengagement and my one’s controlling tendencies.  But it’s not too late.  We can and should back off on all these fronts.

My reading came at a good and bad time… as we are here with two families’ stuff, I am seeing first hand how much the stuff piece is important.  And we will (soon, please!!) have a chance to “reorder” [read: get rid of] more of our stuff when we set up our new home.

But I’m also pretty vulnerable right now, and reading this book alongside

Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen made for a few weeks of a feeling of condemnation in my parenting.  Definitely, that came from the tone of this second book, rather than Simplicity Parenting, which is very gentle in tone.  But the two together along with the fact that I didn’t know how to backstitch– phew!  It’s amazing I or my children can function at all.

For more needle and thREAD, check out In the Heart of My Home.

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