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{Nature School}

Quite a while back I started reading about Forest Kindergarten where early education is spent almost exclusively outdoors. We spend a good many hours of our lives out of doors but there was still something so intriguing to me about the intentionality of this type of...

A Tree Swing

We have a big old willow tree in our front yard; the only really big tree in our yard. Today Dan made the girls a rope swing. They couldn’t have been any more delighted. I was working in my garden and Kathleen came and led me over to watch the inaugural swings...

Mud Pie Kitchen

Recently, Dan discovered a hole in the yard with the wheel of the trailer that he was backing into place. It turns out that it was a hole that Aneliese had dug in order to get dirt for making mud pies. I remember spending hours mixing up mud pies, cakes, and cookies....

Now she is Six

Aneliese turned six last week. I keep looking at her and wondering just when the little baby turned into this tall wiry girl with adorable freckles scattered across her nose. A couple of weeks before her birthday, Aneliese had been telling me how fun she thought a...