This morning concluded the drawing to win a copy of Amanda Blake Soule’s Handmade Home. The winner is Kristie who commented on July 30th and said: “My fave project lately has been involving my 3-year old in making sheets for his “big boy bed” which really helped ease that transition. He loves helping me use my ‘sewing factory’!” Congrats, Kristie! If you haven’t already, make sure you read Tsh’s interview with Amanda Soule at Simple Mom. Tsh is giving away two copies of Handmade Home and you still have time to enter!
This week’s Showcase comes from Wesley Jeanne of Mountain Mama:
We live in the Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina, in a place filled with clear streams, rocky rivers, deep woods, and abundant natural beauty. Needless to say we spend much time outdoors. One of my five-year-old daughter, Owen’s favorite things to do outside is go fishing with my father. I wrote about her first time (when she was four) on my old blog Blue Ridge Dreams.
Fishing provides my daughter even more than a way for her to connect with nature. It gives her a connection to the past (I grew up fishing with my father in the shadows some of these same hills). It provides her a close connection with extended family (she recently fished with both her grandfather and uncle). It gives her confidence and knowledge of her own abilities (on the recent trip with Grandpa and Uncle Stephen, Owen was the only one who caught anything, landing and reeling in two beautiful trout by herself). And it gives her an understanding of the source of her food (my father showed her how to clean her catch and fry it for dinner for us all). Connections and skills she will, hopefully, carry with her for a lifetime. I love that.
(fishing as a four year old last year)
this year’s catch
And now, your weekend reading:
Wow! Sorry for the reading overload. I guess I am making up for the lack of links last week.
Finally, tomorrow (August 8th) is The Great Kindness Challenge: ” . . . one day devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible.” What a great day and a great way to lead our children (or be led by them!) on the path of kindness. Thank you, turnitupmom, for the link!