Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sharing


Yesterday Reece and I had the honour and privilege of sharing our love of nature with thirteen moms and dads and nineteen little ones, ages three weeks to six years.

It was the first meeting of a new group I have started called Touch the Earth, a monthly outdoor nature program for moms, dads and their little ones. Through this program I hope to foster a deep love and connection to this earth for parents and their little ones and create a community of like minded families. We sang songs, read a nature poem, explored nature, feed the birds, collected leaves, played in a teepee and shared time together. 

Photo courtesy of Shauna

While I was fully prepared to share my love, passion and connection to this earth, I did not anticipate how much I would receive in return.

Today I am filled with gratitude for:

:: the lovely autumn day we were blessed with
:: the joy of seeing children running free in nature
:: the birds who were actively involved in our morning (chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers all landed in our hands to feed)
:: witnessing the amazement and joy of a lovely six year old boy when a chickadee landed in his hand to feed
:: the smiles and conversations of moms and dads as they experienced Mother Nature, enjoyed the fresh air and made new friends
:: the amazing sense of adventure little ones possess
:: the stories shared among new friends
:: the magic of childhood
:: support from friends

Photo courtesy of Shauna

I cannot express my gratitude enough, it was an amazing morning and I am so happy to be able to share my love of this earth with these wonderful children and their parents.

The next Touch the Earth is a month away and I can't wait!

38 comments:

  1. this sounds so amazing!!!! what a beautiful experience. I wish I lived nearby so my family could join you on this amazing journey with nature.

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    1. Thanks Amanda, it was pretty special to share my love and passion with these little ones. So excited to see where the program goes.

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  2. We had such a great time Kim! Bean was the happiest little thing all day long! We had a blast! Thanks again!

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    1. So happy to hear that Meg, glad you had a good time.

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  3. I wish I had little ones, and I lived near by so I could participate! This is a fabulous idea and I bet many friendships were forged on that day :)

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  4. Forgot to add, we had some leftover bird seed when we got home so after a much needed nap, Bean & I made a little home made feeder out of a recycled cider container, yarn & skewer sticks! Bean wanted to invite the birds to come visit us at home too. I just went out to inspect & a female Oriole has spotted the feeder! ;) Now we just have to find a "wax bowl" so we can craft our waxed leaves! I really loved your 'garland' idea for Fall! Does it keep well? I would love to re-use it next year or add to it!

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    1. Fabulous idea! It does keep well, just wrap carefully and it should be good to go for next year.

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  5. Oh my gosh! I so wish we lived near you as we'd love to be part of that amazing group! The families you have brought together are very lucky indeed!

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    1. I wish you lived closer to Shel. And thank you :)

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  6. wow, that sounds like a wonderful gathering!!

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  7. So cool! I would love to participate in a group like this. I can't wait to see how it grows!

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    1. Thanks KC! Hey you could start you own in your new community....

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  8. Oh Kim! We would SO join you on your Touch the Earth events if we lived nearby. My family in Canada are in Toronto and Mississauga - we will be visiting during Easter next year! Yay!

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    1. And it would be my pleasure to have you join us. We should meet up when you are visiting next year, it would be wonderful to meet you in real life :) We are close to Toronto and Justin's sister lives in Mississauga.

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    2. That would be great if we could do that :) Will let you know our movements and whereabouts closer to the date.

      And thank you so very, very much for your encouraging and positive comment on my latest post. Really very much appreciated - it's so nice to know there are people out there who understand. Lots of love to all of you. xo

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    3. Please do, I am sure we can work something out. And you are more than welcome, we are all traveling the same journey and supporting each other is important.

      Enjoy your weekend.

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  9. Congratulations! you won the buttons I had on a giveaway! I sent an email and am just waiting to hear back. It looks like you had a great day for fun outside.

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    1. Awesome, thanks so much!!! We had a fabulous day.

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  10. You are just awesome Kim! How wonderful to share nature with those around you and I do wish we were closer so I could attend.

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    1. Awe, thanks Tracey. It is wonderful to share my love and passion. And I wish you lived closer too, but hopefully we can do some nature exploration when I am in your neck of the woods in March :)

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  11. What a fantastic idea. I'd go if I could! I think it is so important to be in nature..children are so distanced from children, we have to deliberately bring nature to them. Most children don't have the opportunity to grow up wild in the country like I did.

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    1. Thanks Elisa. You are so right, especially in today's age, nature and children usually don't mix that much...I hope to change that :) We had a great time and I can't wait for our next meeting.

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  12. You are incredible. I already think you are great and then you go and surprise me with something to make me think you are even more spectacular. You are a definite inspiration.

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    1. Blushing here...thanks Sara. It really is just my way of saying thanks to this earth for all she has given me. I am so grateful for my connection to her and sharing it just makes sense to me. Kinda wish you lived closer, would be great to have you and Isadora out.

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  13. Kim, this is so good!!!!! Well done. xxoo

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  14. Congratulations on a successful launch of Touch the Earth! It sounds (and looks) wonderful!

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  15. this is so awesome kim!!!! i'm so excited for you, and a bit green with envy that we don't live closer to join in with you :) you are an inspiration!

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    1. Awe, thanks Heather. It was a great time and I look forward to our Touch the Earth get together this month. Oh how wonderful if would be to have you and your boys join us...maybe one day.

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