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User Image mamawatters Posted: Aug 24, 2012 3:10 PM (UTC)

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It's Friday and this teacher is ready for late morning weekend smuggles with her little family. The weekends are so much more wonderful when you crave them after a long and stressful week.

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User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 29, 2017 2:11 AM (UTC)

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i made a little space just for me this morning by the row of windows in our bedroom, a sacred space to cozy up and write, to reflect, to heal, to diffuse oils, to pray, to make, and to restore this month as i step away from habits that truly need shaking. i am sending love and light to all of you my friends as we enter a fresh new year - and now, albeit a few days early, it’s time to REST - i need it, and it feels really good to commit to this, so see you after the retreat! 💫 “in an age of speed, i began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. in an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. and in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.” - pico iyre ✨ (more rest retreat information is on homesong today & dm’s will be turned off, so please email for any inquiries) ❤️
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 28, 2017 9:08 PM (UTC)

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tonight’s plans = this view + a side of watching ‘little women’ in feasible batches + hiding all our toy batteries (okay, not the last bit but i really, really, really want to!!!) 🤫👩🏻👩🏻🧒🏻👧🏼🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 28, 2017 7:47 PM (UTC)

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when the fresh new year starts off with full moon magic + a big ol’ spread of sheep’s milk cheeses, you know it’s bound to be a good one! ✨🌕🐑🧀🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 27, 2017 6:18 PM (UTC)

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the day after the day after christmas is kind of my favorite 👋🏼 buh-bye holiday clutter! 👋🏼 we’re a cleanin’ and a sortin’ and scrubbin’ and a jamin’ and a playin’ and it feels SO good! 🌟🤗
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 26, 2017 2:55 PM (UTC)

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in preparation for a season of mindfulness and rest ... “every day
i see or hear
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
it is what i was born for—
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world—
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
nor am i talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant—
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab

the daily presentations.
oh, good scholar,
i say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these—
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?” mindful by mary oliver
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 25, 2017 4:22 PM (UTC)

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meeeerry christmas! 🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 24, 2017 1:50 PM (UTC)

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i tip-toed down for ☕️ and was greeted by this surprise out our window - the kids are going to FLIP! ❄️🛷☃️💫
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 23, 2017 8:45 PM (UTC)

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the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and we finally have all our holiday crafting + shopping complete! nothing is wrapped, but still! it feels really good to be able to put my feet up for a bit and rest. if you are looking for more creative ideas of what to get your little ones, there are gift guides on homesong right now like you see on our #Spin3 - this one is for "little pretenders!" There are more for little "readers” and “makers" - our family follows the theme of want/need/wear/read from santa and we then give a few experiences from mom and dad, like zoo passes and museum memberships! what gift are you most excited to give your kiddos this year? @Acer_America #AceTheEveryday #KeepAsking #ad #Windows10
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 23, 2017 3:05 PM (UTC)

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i love my little makers 💞 there's a holiday gift guide for little "makers" on homesong today with twenty of hands-on ideas to gift them this christmas! and thank you to @Acer_America for helping me, help you this season. i hope it offers your family lots of fresh and imaginative ideas to craft and make at home as we inch into winter and cabin fever starts rollin' in! Windows Hello: the password is you. #Windows10 #KeepAsking #AceTheEveryday #Spin3 #ad 🌈❄️✂️💌🎄💫
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 22, 2017 8:22 PM (UTC)

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“take a rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” - ovid ☁️ this is the mantra for the upcoming rest retreat i am hosting. it’s not just a social media fast, nor is it a time to simply shut off, but rather, a time to renew and cultivate beauty within so we can let the creativity and passion that has been lying dormant, flow and run free. there will be work involved, as most retreats promise, and i’m sure you have questions. so feel free to leave them👇🏻 and this evening i’ll do my best to address each one in a live chat with you! in the mean time, my blog has most of the answers. this four week retreat will be made public on homesong for all who are joining and looking in from afar - and like i’ve already shared with so many of you, i cannot wait to begin! 🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 22, 2017 3:22 PM (UTC)

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dad’s tiny shadow this morning - having him home from work is mama’s christmas present ❤️🧔🏻🤗🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 21, 2017 11:34 PM (UTC)

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taken by your mama on the night you lost your first baby tooth after days and days of wiggling it with your tongue. the christmas tree was sparkling and you were wrestling with your brothers on the couch when it fell out. you told us with smiling eyes, “now i'll get a mommy tooth!!” and you then asked if we could put in a small request to the tooth fairy, if maybe, just maybe, could she let you keep your baby tooth just this one time? parting with it just didn’t feel right, i get it. sweet stell, i remember when your very first tooth started coming in and those squishy red cheeks of yours were so full and plump. you were fussy and clingy, so your dad and i covered you in smooches and bounced you by the windows in our old home so you could watch the cars drive by. the thought of the tooth fairy coming in the middle of the night felt like a lifetime away then, yet here we are, with you now, little one, leading the way.🧚🏼‍♀️✨
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 21, 2017 5:03 PM (UTC)

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if spirit animals could be objects, mine would be this mini glass oil lantern, a holiday gift from a dear friend. she dropped it off yesterday evening, the day before the winter solstice - rather timely, i thought to myself after she left, that she’d give me the gift of light before the darkest, shortest day of the year. 🌟 she also gave me that homemade cream cheese danish right there to go with my morning coffee, which just happens to be my pastry spirit animal as well (pastry animal? spirit pastry? 🤔) anyway, happy winter solstice! these words are ones i bookmarked awhile back for this day, for me and for you, “he who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.... in winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity." — john burroughs 🌟❄️🌘🌙🌚
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 21, 2017 12:22 AM (UTC)

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the boys and i were laying in bed the other day reading before nap time, a constant and grounding part of our days at home. recently, our days have landed somewhere between being a jumble and swirl of chaos - but reading library books before nap time is an anchor in our rhythm that makes us all stop for a moment and reset our tempo. the funny thing was, i was hurrying through all our beautiful books. inside i was thinking, “i have too much to do too this afternoon to read all these words and lay here still with them.” with every breath, i felt the clock ticking. we were in the middle of ‘it takes a village’, a book i was glad they chose that afternoon not because of it’s message, because it’s rather short, and these words, well they felt divine, like God was saying, “amanda,  YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS. this matters. pay attention.” now, i don’t think God was yelling them, per se, but it was definitely an all-caps moment in my mind. the book read, “every family needs help sometimes. kindness and caring and sharing matter. playing matters too. and resting. because the world is in a hurry, but children are not.” deep breath. i read that last line again for myself out loud, "...because the world is in a hurry, but children are not.” so simple. so true. children have much to teach us rushers, don’t they? it was reminder i needed, and have been so thankful for these past few days. also, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your words on my last post. they were a balm to my soul, and i’m really grateful you were so kind to me amidst my vulnerability. cheers to a slow week, friends! 🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 19, 2017 3:02 PM (UTC)

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each morning this little bird makes his way to me and we get a snuggle. him on my lap feels like home - and just like when he was teeny tiny, he still fits. "take a photo of us” i tell his dad. i never want forget how we started our days. but why is it that the first thing i see is the thick fold of my legs crossed over, and not our warmth flowing over? “is this the month i cut out sugar and take up running again?” i ponder for several sharp seconds. i cling to the hope that he will not remember these things, his mom’s insecurities, nor how his she sometimes let silly things, fleshy things, stand in the front of the line, like how her legs looked one winter morning. instead, he’ll remember how i held him, how i wore my robe when it was cold, how i was always near a book, how i loved to press my nose into his cheek to breathe him in, and how i smelled like his mom.
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 18, 2017 5:19 PM (UTC)

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for the past few weeks i’ve been spending a lot of time in that that cozy corner planning a little retreat for the month of january - a✨REST RETREAT✨- a four week contemplative journey dedicated to stepping away from social media to do some inner work, boundary setting, reprioritizing, rhythm restoration, simplification of surroundings, and overall loving on ourselves in the wholeness we deserve. the wholeness YOU deserve. i wrote this retreat with my heart and soul, and feel so blessed to be able to share it with others who feel the tug to step back and sink into more present moments either at home or work or wherever you are. if you have a desire to take a small social media break, or have a creative project looming and want more mental clarity and time, or if you simply want a reset as you begin this new year, JOIN US! i will be leading us week by week on my blog, homesong - there’s more information there today, and i am SO excited to begin this little adventure with y’all! 🌟
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 17, 2017 4:06 PM (UTC)

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a favorite memory from last year’s snow globe sleigh ride with the boys ❤️🛷 if only today’s 🌧 would turn to ❄️🙏🏼🤞🏼!!! #prettyprettyplease
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 16, 2017 1:37 AM (UTC)

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tonight each of our babies slowly, carefully walked this spiral of light - with quiet confidence they lit their candle and placed it on a star, turning a dark room into one that shined. it was just so beautiful. to be a light, and to share that light with others, well that’s everything.✨🍎🕯🌀🌲
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 15, 2017 8:07 PM (UTC)

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these three, yes 🐶 too, have been feeding off all the holiday hubbub and have been hyyyper on a whole other level. anyone else experiencing this? it’s made parenting considerably harder this week, that’s for sure. too much stimulation for them, i wonder? too much sugar? well, yeah. we’ve kind of abandoned our rhythm little by little lately to fit all these extra things in, and we’re beginning to really feel it. then i’m like dang, did i cause this chaos by saying yes to all the things? #momguilt give me heaps of grace and buckets of patience this year, santa. so here’s to recognizing we need to pull back, to filling our days with maybe less than we had hoped for, and slowing down even more to savor the good stuff at home. ✨😜♥️
User Image mamawatters Posted: Dec 15, 2017 5:24 PM (UTC)

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🌟 g i v e a w a y closed! 🌟 (congrats @lgbahrke 😘)who’s ready for the weekend to start already?! 🙋🏻‍♀️ who’s ready for a nap?! 🙋🏻‍♀️ who wants book ideas for their kiddos? (👉🏼 head to homesong for an inspiration guide!) 🙋🏻‍♀️ and who’s ready for a fun giveaway? 🙋🏻‍♀️ @brimfulshop is giving one of you $75 to put towards holiday gifting this year 🤗 that sweet little knit goose, toy wooden camera, woven basket purse, and box and butterfly books are just some of the wonderful items you’ll have to choose from! to enter: follow @brimfulshop and tag a pal in your comments below! winner chosen tomorrow evening 🤶🏼🦆✨📚🧚🏼‍♀️📷🌲