Beautiful St. Francis Bedtime Prayer

I am working on memorizing the Saint Francis prayer for Dante's bedtime routine. Normally, we recite another lovely prayer, which I shall share with you some other day, but it's good to learn new things I think, and this one is so beautiful. Read it out loud and really think about the words. If you know any facts about Saint Francis, please comment them in! I'd love to learn more about this exceptional human being.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

http://www.prayerguide.org.uk/stfrancis.htm

Crafting a Waldorf Inspired Celebration for My 7-Year Old Wonder Boy

My sweet amazing son is going to be 7 years old on Monday.  Since we just relocated, birthday plans and expectations had to be adapted/adjusted.  Rather than a traditional birthday party with all the classmates and friends invited at least 2 weeks in advance, a theme like “dalmations” or “Diego” or “superheroes” and then a bunch of sugar stuff like cake and ice cream, the little man and me came up with a different idea: let's celebrate in some small way each day in the week leading up to the actual day of birth.  Continue reading →

Song for Children – “My Mother Said I Never Should Play with the Gypsies in the Wood”

I want to keep this one in the archive as well:

My Mother said, I never should
Play with the gipsies in the wood;
If I did, she would say,
You naughty girl to disobey.
Your hair shan’t curl and your shoes shan’t shine,
You gipsy girl, you shan’t be mine.
And my father said that if I did
He’d rap my head with the teapot-lid.
The wood was dark, the grass was green
Along came Sally with a tambourine.
I went to sea – no ship to get across,
I paid ten shillings for a blind white horse.
I up on his back
And was off on a crack,
Sally tell my mother that I shan't come back.

I believe it's origins are English.

I couldn't find a version I liked with the tune so I decided to make a video of myself singing the song I remember as a child.  My 8 year old held the camera.  Um, so yeah, I'm not a singer or anything, and I ain't frontin' like I am – I just want to share the tune of this lovely song.

Baby Lullaby ~ “Speed Bonnie Boat”

Beautiful Baby Lullaby – “Skye Bonnie Boat”

I learned this song as a young girl attending the “Dayspring Waldorf School” in Gainesville, Florida.  I don't remember who I heard singing it first – my mother, or perhaps another Waldorf teacher.  The melody stayed with me as one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I can remember.  I didn't, however, have a knack for listening and learning exact lyrics. So for years, I sang the song to my baby son with made up lyrics (which changed every time I sang them) and the only 3 lines I could remember (highlighted in purple below).  Tonight my laptop happened to be handy as I was singing Dantz to sleep, so I typed in “speed bonnie boat” into Google, and behold!  The full set of lyrics… Continue reading →