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Hmmm, that's a tough one. Maybe something from the Chicken Soup for the Soul line? They must have ones for kids.

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I'm asking this here for a reason, which I will explain after the question.

What do you get for an 8 yr old girl and boy First Communion gift?  I don't want it to be religious and I don't want to give money.  I'd like it to be comforting/personal and possibly spiritual.  Just not religious.  Oh, and it's got to be inexpensive.  (tall order?)

 

The party is also for their baby sister who is turning 1.



 

post #22 of 212
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Hi! Merry meet! I've been reading the April thread and decided to jump in and introduce myself. My name is Joanna, wife to Mike, mom to Cullen, McKenna, Andrew, and William. DH and I grew up in Christian homes, mine very conservative and his moderately liberal. I struggled with my spirituality all my life, without really realizing it. I went through the motions with out any emotions. After DH and were married and moved away from family, we "fell away" from the christian church. After the initial guilt, I felt more at ease and at peace than I ever had. I began to reconnect to many things that held power, energy, and spirit for me - earth, trees, sun, moon. We both avoided any discussion of spirituality - he thought I wanted to go back to the christian church and I thought he would think I was nutty for feeling drawn to nature.

 

Long story short, a few weeks ago he brought the topic up by asking me if I wanted to start going to church again. I honestly answered that I had no desire whatsoever to return to that life. That I was happy with the spiritual life I was developing through yoga and meditation on my own. He seemed to melt with relief, and told me that he we feeling very drawn to paganism and most specifically Wicca. We have begun the studying (along somewhat different paths, since I feel no draw toward Wicca) and are quite "Pagan-curious". My birthday is April 30, so this weekend we celebrated both that and Beltane with some simple rituals.

 

I may have questions as we go on this journey, but I mostly feel relieved that DH and I can travel this path together without conflict. It feels so surreal that we both started down this path without discussing it with the other and yet here we are together.


Hello and welcome:)

 


 

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Hmmm, that's a tough one. Maybe something from the Chicken Soup for the Soul line? They must have ones for kids.



 


I agree.  I would get a book:)

 

post #23 of 212

Morning all:)  Yesterday was such a beautiful day.  All my garden space is now ready for planting, which I will start today:)  Looks a bit like rain but I am still getting out there. 

 

Hope everyone has a good day:)

post #24 of 212

Morning Ladies

 

The rain won't let up, I need sun!

 

Welcome Mama Chicken!

post #25 of 212

Hi all!

 

I don't know when I'll be back here... so busy!

 

Beltane was very very low key... we just ate our dinner outside and had a thought about the day... I did pour some wine on the ground as an offering... that was it.

 

No leaves yet on the trees but the tulips might flower by mid-May.  There is still snow on the ground in some area around here... (not in my yard! Yay!)

 

Thinking of you even when I'm not here. ;-)

post #26 of 212

Morning everyone!!  I can't believe its May already - time seems to be flying by this year.   Didn't get to celebrate Beltane with our delivery of May baskets this year for the kids or decorating our trees.  Instead we just spent the day outside in the garden and backyard working.  I am still sore from moving my very old and well entrenched climbing rose bush to a new location which I think she will like better. thumb.gif

 

Dok - I would get a book which maybe touches upon the topic or like Witchy suggested Chicken Soup for the Soul (but for kids)

 

Merry Meet & Welcome Mama Chicken!! I'm still puttering through my path right now, so you are in good company here! 

 

Maia - I hope you have safe travels to see M this week.

 

Outside is ... blustery and chilly.  It is an amazing 40-50 degrees here in WI which is like wonderful except for the wind. brrrrrrrrr.  I just want to get out to my backyard more and play, dig and plant so much this year, it almost hurts that I can't during the work week.

 

I hope everyone is doing well and I'm off for my first cuppa of tea this morning....

post #27 of 212
Quote:Originally Posted by MamaChicken View Post

Hi! Merry meet!

 

I may have questions as we go on this journey, but I mostly feel relieved that DH and I can travel this path together without conflict. It feels so surreal that we both started down this path without discussing it with the other and yet here we are together.


MM and welcome!

 



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Originally Posted by _ktg_ View PostMaia - I hope you have safe travels to see M this week.

 

Thanks! I leave tomorrow. M and I both are uber, uber excited. DS left this morning for his class trip. I hope he's doing alright! It's a 7+ hour drive, which he's good with long trips, but he has never done it in someone else's car with 3 other kids and two adults. Yeek!

 

My neighbor is mowing my lawn with his ridey-mower, YAY!!! I did some weed-eating earlier and I lost my cell phone out of its holster. Talk about panic. Thank all the gods there are that I found it in the yard. It could have been anywhere from the car, to the school, parking lot (in which case it'd probably have gotten crunched under someone's tire) to Walmart to the yard. I'm so, so grateful that I found it. Time to get a better holster. With a snap, not a magnet.

 

I can't wait till tomorrow! I will have my computer so will be able to check in with you guys. M is taking the day off tomorrow to meet me at the airport, but he has to work the next 2 or maybe 3 days greensad.gif At least he gets done by 1:30!

post #28 of 212

Hope everyone had a great Beltane/May Day! Love how everyone is talking about celebrating Beltane traditionally...because of my history with preterm birth, I can't do any of that until I hit 37 weeks.

 

We went to a ritual at a different unitarian congregation, led by a wonderful pagan family. Drumming and all!

 

I got tired last month and just couldn't log on...I'm 31 weeks today and lost in my own anxiety around DD's birth. I have been taking a homeopathic and rescue remedy but it is still kicking my butt. I have told myself I have to do much more meditation. Even my braxton-hicks are freaking me out, though logically I know they are just helping me practice. I am thinking of creating a ritual to help, but I am at a loss for ideas. Anyone want to toss some out? On top of that, I have to plan the blessingway...for the end of the month. I will be making a necklace, so if anyone wants to participate from afar, feel free to PM me cause I would love beads with beautiful energy from my pagan mamas here. I'd be happy to share my address that way.

 

I also attended what was supposed to be my last two births before my own but I took another one, a homebirth for a first time mama. I look forward to joining her soon-ish.

 

Witchygrrl - can't believe the neighbours. So sad but glad the cops didn't have much to say about it.

 

I better be off to make some lunch and have more cleaning to do. I took me ages to actually log in today (don't know if MDC is being buggy today). Maybe I can relax when DD naps.

 

Blessings :)

post #29 of 212

welcome MamaChicken!  I was also raised in a very conservative christian family with dh coming from a more laid back christian family... I started down the pagan path right about the time I met him and we've been a dual-faith family since then.  However, we recently found a pagan path that has spoken to us both (ADF) and we're now happily raising our family with a "united front" in terms of religion.  It's almost funny how odd it feels to be on the same page as dh in terms of religion after so many years of amiable differences (I being totally pagan and him being what he called a "mystic christian"... sort of Thomas Merton meets Thich Nach Hahn as he would put it).  Glad you found us and I hope you all enjoy the journey!

 

Maia- have fun!

 

DoK- I agree, some sort of book might work... or even a nice journal?  First Communion is generally around 6 or 7 years old, right?  So while they probably aren't big readers/writers at the moment they soon will be.  A pin or necklace that might resonate with the spiritual purpose of their ritual might be an option too...  for my own Confirmation (which happens in your teens) I was given a pin shaped like a small flame by relatives who are Jewish.  They didn't feel comfortable giving me a specifically Christian image, but a "flame of inspiration" worked for us all.

 

Pregnacy- I'm actually 22 weeks at the moment LOL  I feel like this pregnancy will be never ending, but if I twist my thoughts I realize it's only 4 more months and that makes it seem pretty short!  I'm nervous about the birth (not pregnant enough yet to not care about the birth as long as the baby comes out NOW), and wondering how we'll manage with four babes but it'll work out somehow I know.  :)  We need a car seat but other than that all the "big stuff" is already here, and our local thrift stores have great (cheap) items.  In fact, I found a little jumper today that is PERFECT.  The front has a sort of stylized painting of people dancing around a bonfire in the woods, and below the picture it says "Play in the Forest" and on the back it says "under a full moon spirits gathered can be found dancing amongst the trees".  I am in love with the outfit and can't wait to take apple-belly-babe to a gathering wearing it.

 

books- I just finished reading "Time of the Ghost" by Dianna Wynne Jones.  It's too old/scary for dd1 but I think it might be perfect for kiddos in the 10-12 year range (depending on their maturity) and it's a pretty interesting pagan-themed story.  Basically the POV character is a ghost, she knows she is one of four sisters living in an old school (their parents run a school for boys, the girls are essentially abandoned which is one of those "maturity" themes), but all four sisters seem to be alive and well so she can't figure out what is going on.  Without giving anything more than the book jacket plot summary, she learns that one of the sisters has awakened an ancient goddess and the ghost's fate is somehow tied into this being.  It's actually a lot more interesting and engaging than I thought it would be (though Wynne Jones rocks as an author and I can't think of a thing she has written that I didn't at least like), and she ties all the different themes and elements together by the end to make a "happy" ending of sorts.  So if there is anyone looking for a mildly scary, sometimes disturbing (there is a chicken sacrifice, a discussion of ghosts being fed with blood that parallels nicely with a discussion of modern medicine/blood transfusion, and the theme of abuse/abandonment of the girls by their physically present but not emotionally present parents), but overall engaging story for their tweens... this one seemed fair, and includes a decent (and unstated) moral along the lines of looking before you leap and taking rituals seriously even if you think the ritual is "made up" because you never know who might be listening. (much of the difficulty in the plot comes from the sisters making promises to their made-up goddess or making promises using her authority to bind the promise without considering that they might actually be held to those promises).

 

I also finished the Protector of the Small quad and am working through the Immortal War quad so much thanks to whomever suggested Tamora Pierce!  Our thrift store had a stack of her books last week so the timing was perfect!  I also have her Trickster Queen book but I'll need to find the first book in that series (it wasn't in said stack)... the local HUGE book sale is coming up in a few days though (it's one of the largest in the country!) so hopefully I'll find what I'm looking for there.  :)

 

And on that note... any other suggestions for pagan friendly read alouds (or pagan friendly "leave on the shelf for the kiddos to find") books or authors?  Lemme know so I'll face the book sale armed and dangerous!

post #30 of 212
Hi, MamaChicken!

I will have to check that book out for my oldest, Clay. Thanks. I had more to say but I totally forgot. Sigh.
post #31 of 212
Oh, I started a closed group on facebook as a pagan study group. I'm reading Inner Temple AGAIN and was wondering if anyone is interested in reading along or just wants a safe, private place to discuss pagan-y things. If so, Clay, Caz, I know you're my friends on fb, let me know if anyone wants in, or feel free to leave the group if I add you and you are not interested. smile.gif
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I'm shaking.  I just took a complete leap of faith and booked the hotel for my conference/mini vacation (it's for work, but it's actually fun and family friendly.)  I'm trusting in the universe to help me come up with the money to fund this!  eeek!  praying.gif  I guess I better start doing some serious marketing so that I get orders through my website.  Oh my goddess, I'm anxiety ridden and excited all at once!

 

I wish some of you mama's could join me at the conference.  It would be lovely to see my pagan mama friends (in the house/grounds of an incredibly beautiful and funky home, I might add.)

I need someone else to frolic with!

 

Ok, I need to read the thread and get caught up.

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Oh, I started a closed group on facebook as a pagan study group. I'm reading Inner Temple AGAIN and was wondering if anyone is interested in reading along or just wants a safe, private place to discuss pagan-y things. If so, Clay, Caz, I know you're my friends on fb, let me know if anyone wants in, or feel free to leave the group if I add you and you are not interested. smile.gif


Interesting timing..I just started the temple series again.  I only made it through the third one last time.  

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Interesting timing..I just started the temple series again.  I only made it through the third one last time.  

I was supposed to go to see Penczak lecture on his new books, but his mother is dying, so had to cancel it twice. Hopefully, he can reschedule, but obviously, he needs to take his time. I wouldn't mind being part of that group, kittywitty, though I have yet to read the book. I need more in-depth discussion, that's for sure!

 

DH had his interview yesterday. He thinks it went well, and we should find out by tomorrow if he made it to the next round. The town it's in s SO gorgeous! all horse farms, really. And a great natural parenting shop is in the next town, just 5 minutes away from the school!

 

and I'm meeting Maiasaura today! I'm looking forward to that:D
 

 

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and I'm meeting Maiasaura today! I'm looking forward to that:D
 

 

 

How fun!  I've been wanting to meet the both of you!  Have anything special planned?
 

 

post #36 of 212

Morning:)

 

Been a few days of yucky weather here but I was able to plant a few things in the garden yesterday.  Not much because the bugs are so bad right now.  I am going to try to get a bit more done today but I have the feeling it will be a day of inside work.

 

Have a great day all:)

post #37 of 212
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How fun!  I've been wanting to meet the both of you!  Have anything special planned?
 

 

Breakfast at a diner, and then maybe a comic book shop that a friend of mine works at, and that she and M go to for fun.

 

I have some free time this summer (at least until the second week in July); maybe we can figure something out, DoK.
 

 

post #38 of 212
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Originally Posted by witchygrrl View Postand I'm meeting Maiasaura today! I'm looking forward to that:D

 

Me, too!orngbiggrin.gif



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Originally Posted by witchygrrl View PostBreakfast at a diner, and then maybe a comic book shop that a friend of mine works at, and that she and M go to for fun.

 

I have some free time this summer (at least until the second week in July); maybe we can figure something out, DoK.

 

We will, sometime. I'll probably be back up in July sometime, if (perish the thought) I don't sell my house yet. M has his vacation then, though, so dunno how much "outside time" I'll spend with other people redface.gif hide.gif lol.gif

post #39 of 212

Yippee!  I am done with school for the year.  I haven't looked forward to summer so much ever before.  (I am NOT found of hot weather.) And got one of my grades back already B+.  I may have to wait up to a week for the other two but maybe not both professors are pretty with it.  Now I can catch up on my big pile of reading, get my flowers planted, think through my bucket garden and see if I am too late seeds & if I should buy some plants instead and I can knit.  I have a bunch of babies to knit for and maybe get some of my Christmas knitting finished since I am taking 4 classes, all heavy reading, in the Fall.

 

I hope everyone has lovely visits, sounds like fun.

 

post #40 of 212
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I was supposed to go to see Penczak lecture on his new books, but his mother is dying, so had to cancel it twice. Hopefully, he can reschedule, but obviously, he needs to take his time. I wouldn't mind being part of that group, kittywitty, though I have yet to read the book. I need more in-depth discussion, that's for sure!

 

DH had his interview yesterday. He thinks it went well, and we should find out by tomorrow if he made it to the next round. The town it's in s SO gorgeous! all horse farms, really. And a great natural parenting shop is in the next town, just 5 minutes away from the school!

 

and I'm meeting Maiasaura today! I'm looking forward to that:D
 

 



:( on Penczak's mom.  I used to be close friends with an author who talked with him pretty often and from her opinion of him, I always got the feeling he was a very nice man.  

 

woo hoo on the interview and the town sounds wonderful

 

Woo hoo on meeting!  I am really missing having real life pagan friends or circle mates.



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Been a few days of yucky weather here but I was able to plant a few things in the garden yesterday.  Not much because the bugs are so bad right now.  I am going to try to get a bit more done today but I have the feeling it will be a day of inside work.

 

 

As long as the rain holds off, its planting day here today.  I have all the veggie beds ready now so will start there:)
 

 

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