While the focus of the holiday season shouldn’t be on gift-giving it is still a big part of our celebrations. Trouble is all those new toys bring a lot of stuff into our homes. Here’s a list of clutter free Christmas gifts to let you give freely and keep the number of toys manageable!
“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Lazy summer days
Somehow I always think there will be more time in the summer. Summer days in Northern Canada are long and full of light. Somehow that fools me into thinking that I actually have more time.
More time for enjoying the outdoors in the summer. More time to spend with family. More time to build memories.
But all of sudden we are seeing the dreaded back to school sales and next week it will be August! What? How did that happen? Officially we’ve still got a month left of summer, but I’m already starting to see signs that we are moving towards fall.
Still when I went for my morning walk today the birds were singing, my garden is blooming, and the mama deer have emerged from the bush with their spotted fawns to graze on the greenery.
Summer isn’t gone yet
We still have time to enjoy that “dreamy and magical light.”
Now is the perfect time to build memories and relish a slower pace of life.Continue Reading
I started seeing them all over town. Large collection jars. The labels had obviously been decorated by a young child. Eight year old Mary(named changed to protect privacy) was collecting money for Operation Smile.
Her little brother was born with a cleft palate. Mary discovered that there were children in the world who did not have access to the same surgical care as her brother received, so she decided to help. This determined eight-year-old made collection jars and raised $10,000 to help 97 children receive corrective surgery.
Most children are naturally compassionate and they can do amazing things when they recognize a need.
Helping others has so many wonderful benefits for children.Continue Reading
I have a hunch that joy is something you want for your family. I think every parent does! After all joy makes life beautiful.
Yet sometimes in the mess and chaos of family life that sense of joy can seem out of reach.
We wake up to squabbling children, struggle with financial worries, or step on a piece of Lego.
Is it possible to cultivate joy in our noisy homes? I truly believe the answer is yes. We might need to adjust our understanding of joy, but I know it is possible to live a joyfully in the midst of the mess and chaos of family life.
Joyful families deal with cranky kids, money struggles, and stray Lego bricks just like everyone else. Yet underneath there is a foundation of joy that sustains them through all of life’s ups and downs.
- Joy is deeper than having fun together (although that is important).
- Joy is more than the temporary high of happy events (although those are fun).
- Joy comes from within.
And we can take action to cultivate that joy.
Disclaimer: Obviously this doesn’t apply to those struggling with clinically depression, or similar medical conditions, which I am not qualified to tackle.
How to Cultivate Joy in Your Family
Here’s a list of powerful actions you can start right now to cultivate joy. You don’t have to do these all at once, but you should try most of them sooner rather than later. Pick one and start today.Continue Reading