The movement into the dark time of the year is not lost on my little man. In the darkness at the beginning of each day he asks if it is morning and he notices the darkness coming earlier at the end of each day. He is aware that the world seems a little darker right now, and we have shared many conversations about light, the return of the light and how we can create light in our life. We have talked about our own inner light, and ways in which we can share it so our light shines on others and brightens their day.
We have taken the discussions one step further and shopped for food for our local food bank, we have been picking up some hats and mittens that we will drop off at a collection location next week and we have plans to stop in and help pack up Christmas hampers for those in need in December. While he may not totally understand how this shines our light on others, we will keep the discussions going, sharing with him how much joy these acts of kindness will bring to others.
At home we have been crafting with the theme of light the last few weeks, and Reece has totally surprised me with his handwork. He has been doing embroidery for a while now, but I usually hand over the ring and some burlap and let him do his thing. Last week I decided to draw a star on the burlap and show him the basic running stitch. And do you see it, pretty darn awesome, eh?
This week I thought it might be fun to make a little star for his tree. He hand stitched the two pieces of felt together, and then stuffed it before finishing it. He was so pleased with his star and proudly displayed it on his tree.
We all have an inner light to share and I hope by talking, sharing and crafting, I can remind Reece of his, and he will joyfully step forward and shine it on others.
We have so many ornaments that have been crafted over the decades and it's a wonderful tradition. Reece is learning so much about giving and the meaning of gratitude :)ReplyDelete
I am so looking forward to the collection growing over the years :)Delete
What a beautiful post, dear friend! May this season of light into darkness be full of blessings for the three of you! xoReplyDelete
Thank you Shel. Wishing the same for you and your family. xoDelete
What a beautiful little star!! I think making this a season of giving is so important. Not just for this time of year. It is so true that if you're feeling a little blue helping someone else really makes you feel so much better. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! : )ReplyDelete
Thank you, he is pretty proud of both of them. That is so very true, it is the whole theory of filling someone's bucket, right. In filling theirs you also fill yours :)Delete
Tell Reece, it's fantastic! I love his star. What time does it get dark at your house? Here it's dark by 5:30. Which for us is really early.ReplyDelete
Thanks KC, I will :)Delete
We are dark around 5pm now, makes for a long night, but I do love the cozy feeling of the darkness, especially with candles aglow in the house.
Recce's star is fantastic. Looks like talent runs in the family Kim and I can't wait to see what else he creates.ReplyDelete
Thanks Tracey :)Delete
With the rain we have had this week, the dark has felt extra dark. I don't light candles on a regular basis but I you are motivating me to go light one now!ReplyDelete
Oh yes, light one. They instantly make any room warm and cozy. There are candles lite in our home every single night. Enjoy!Delete