My heart is breaking wide open as I share this news with you. After 5 years of fighting brain cancer, our friend Mauro passed from this world on January 1st around midnight…holding his sweet Rebecca’s hand as she nursed baby Isabel.
Quietly confident and deeply spiritual…he was loved by friends around the world. He and Rebecca taught capoeira in Des Moines…and it was always such a joy to watch him completely immersed in his passion.
He was known in the capoeira world as “Professor Xara”…here is a beautiful montage of his skill and grace.
We will be leaving here on Thursday to head to Iowa for the memorial service and gathering. Please continue to pray for Rebecca, Bianca, and Isabel in the coming weeks and months.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and love over the years. I have so much more to say, but not the right words. Love to you all. xo
Emmaline Claire is EIGHT months old today! She does her best to keep up with her two big sisters. Crawling everywhere (fast!). Standing up on everything. Making big messes. Melting our hearts daily.
*On a side note…if you have sent me a message in the last couple of weeks, I apologize for not getting back to you! When I do the DPP, my inbox tends to fill up with readers asking lots of different questions about our life and such. And while I LOVE interacting with everyone and normally try to respond…during this crazy time of year, I just can’t do it all. Thank you for understanding!! So much love to you all! xo
Bella LOVES gymnastics. This weekend was her first “mini-meet”…a non-competetive event where the gymnasts are able to show off what they’ve learned. She did awesome and had so much fun. It’s been so amazing to see her pour her heart and soul into something and never tire of it. She has found her passion!
I have long admired yarn bombing “installations” that I have seen around the country and decided that I would add a little color to my own backyard. I stand in awe of all of the yarn bombers who artfully and intentionally take their time to create these beautiful pieces for all to enjoy. BUT…as a busy mama of three littles, I didn’t want to spend my precious free time knitting for my tree.
So on my thrifting excursions over the last month, I have focused on rescuing discarded hand knit treasures.
And then I tied them all to my tree. And they make me happy.
Today as we arrived at unschooling park day, I sent the kiddos to play and I hooped for just a few minutes while Emma slept in the car. It’s been quite awhile since I hooped and it felt SO good to spin and throw and whirl to some delicious music.
*It also happens to be World Hoop Day!
In all the hustle and bustle of the season…don’t forget to slow down and ENJOY:
- twinkling lights
- a toddler’s laughter
- family traditions
- the one you love
- the magic of each day
What are you most enjoying this season?
My parents were visiting today. Mom and I ended up at the table, sipping coffee in the late afternoon. She held Emma while I read a lovely Kinfolk article out loud to her. We would stop every couple of sentences to laugh and share stories. I am so thankful for her.
This is how we feel about the weekend. Pure happiness!!
Tonight we met up with one of our favorite unschooling families at Proto’s Pizza in Longmont. Four adults. Six children. Amazing caesar salad. Wine, beer, and soda with our Neapolitan pizzas.
And of course, Minecraft.
Bella has recently discovered this game, which if you are unfamiliar, focuses on creativity and building…allowing players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. Summit and Elle have been playing for awhile, and had a lot to teach her. It’s so awesome to watch them…so passionate about their “worlds” and sharing their knowledge with each other. Soon, we’ll need a server so she can play with them remotely. What fun!
It was a wonderful night. Life is good.