Gabriel, painting.  He gets very excited when Ella and I take out our watercolor painting, so I let him play first, with a jar of water and our paintbrushes.  He was working with such seriousness, it nearly broke my heart.  Oh, this baby.  He is getting to be such a very big baby.  He still holds my hand to walk, but any day now he will discover that much more mischievous fun can be had on his own, and then oh boy.  His favorite person is, of course, Ella, and his favorite object is whatever she happens to be holding.  When the two of them are playing so sweetly, it seems like such an incredible gift, to have these two lovely beings here in my life.  And when they’re both shrieking like banshees, tears streaming, well, I wonder why I ever thought this would be a good idea.

But I digress.  I wanted to tell you about this little man, to help myself remember.  He loves animals, especially dogs, cats, and birds, and doesn’t understand why chickens don’t want to be petted.  He is going to lose his mind when we get ducklings this spring.  He loves to dance, and has quite the moves.  His favorite is Bob Marley.  He likes to drum, and can really whack a drumstick, let me tell you.  Yesterday he figured out how to stand, hold up a small hand drum with one arm (nearly as big as him), and hit the drum with his other hand.  No easy feat.

Ella and I sewed her this simple long skirt last week.  Just some flannel, with an elastic waist.  I’ve been wondering why I always choose sewing projects for the kids that are so complicated, instead of focusing on making simple, quick clothes like skirts or pants.  I’ve been working on a dress for Ella (the same flannel) since the fall.  Not that I work on it every day, but still.  This skirt took five minutes.  Tis a gift to be simple.

Ella, in fact, has started going to our local Waldorf school for kindergarten.  She started in January, but I wasn’t sure what to say about it at first.  I’m still not sure.  On the one hand, it’s wonderful – I’m able to take time to write our book while the baby naps (like right now!), and she loves the teacher and the children.  On the other hand, I feel like all the best part of the day is spent at school, and all my time with her is getting dressed, eating meals, and bedtime.  In other words, the most difficult times of the day are left.  I am still passionate about homeschooling, and I imagine that Ella will return home, maybe in the fall, maybe the next year.  For now, we’re grateful to have such a good option, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to write, and to spend some alone time with the little babe.

Blessings on your weekend, friends.

One Response to “Gratitude”

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    Kimberlie Ott

    Darling baby boy, he looks so energetic! I love the skirt, and have been trying to knit a wee skirt this week for my new niece that arrived today. Don’t worry yourself about the school thing, having done most of the options at one time or another with four kids…..homeschooling, private, public and the like, I realized that every one of their needs were different (I have 4) and each of them found the path that best suited their needs, with loving guidance and knowing what works for your family, you will do the same. Enjoy the journey~ I love your sweet blog, it brightens my day~

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