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Friday, May 15, 2015

Balancing May ~ The Work of Spring

Establish the work of our hands for us-- yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17
https://achildgrows.com/blog
Walking with a friend I mentioned I missed cloth diapers just because of the feeling I had having my rectangles of cotton lined up and pinned up one by one. A row out my window, clothsline with the simple labor of love, soiled to sunshine. She did not laugh, but understood the pleasure in a type of work. With May comes work, but everytime I see clothes on the line I feel a community connection of coming out of our winter blankets and getting to work, seeing the blue sky and pleasure in the first load swinging in the breeze.

This May feels like a moving light board under my feet. Fields to get to, concerts to attend, decisions for pre school and highschool while balancing the art of homemaker. We are doing well, happy  in our day to day, but running and flexing our muscles of quick thinking and nightly strategy for our sixteen plus activities each week. As I pray for a discerning mind, a calm heart and a patient spirit I was remembering this poem I first read in college. It is the heart beat of amazing work, not all mine, but work I admire. 

I am sometimes surprised that the work of spring gives me deep, and restoritve pleasure. The work of planting in black dirt, washing muddy socks, clapping sandy cleats and making food for hungry kids fresh in from playing in the rain.  

Woman Work - Poem by Maya Angelou

I've got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I've got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
'Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You're all that I can call my own. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Baking Soda & Bee Stings

Today M got stung by a Bee. He made it inside before crying, flanked by Little D being his spokesperson  I quickly did the "Bee sting routine" and thought I would pass it along!

~Remove the stinger with tweezers if you can see it, try not to pinch the stinger (that can inject more venom)
~Control swelling, ice the area. One ice cube is perfect.
~Apply a mixture of baking soda and water.
~Keep the area clean it can take about 3 days to heal. You can use Arnica gel for swelling.
~ If the child/person has a reaction (swelling, trouble breathing) call 911
After that I had made extra paste from the baking soda and water so I gave the three youngest kids each a cutting board, a dollop of paste and they had at it. Then I poured a little vinegar on each "palate", like a square volcano board! They loved it.  As M declared at the end while we were scrubbing everything clean with the leftover drops from the experiment we turned pain into gain!
More great ideas, for fun with baking soda the ice cubes are great in Ikea's shaped ice cube trays.

http://teachingmama.org/5-baking-soda-experiments/


A good list for cleaning with baking soda, many of these are standbys for us! Little ones love putting on swim suits in the winter and scrubbing the tub with baking soda :)


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