Revolting sent your way. Don't be too jealous of those who can trace our ancestry back pretty far (I've got to about 1200 on part of my dad's side and 1500/1600/1700 with the rest). It isn't all that interesting! I think it would at least tickle my fancy a bit more if they had kept journals or you knew what they all did for a living and what their personalities were like. Endless birth/death/marriage records just become numbers after a while. Thankfully I've got some Mormons in the family who did most of the research for me.
Wolfcat I usually just use Asatru as kind of short hand. People here tend to say they practice the "Old Ways" or the such. Do you and your husband do rituals/holidays together? Things have been soo busy and stressful lately that we've both been totally neglecting our spirituality. I hope that everything turns out ok with your brother.
My mother, who is a non-practicing Christian, decided to teach my daughter about Jesus last Christmas. I wasn't amused in the slightest. I don't have a problem with her learning about it, but I'd rather it come from a factual background and presented in a non-biased way.
Halloween isn't really celebrated here but there are a handful of pumpkin type things, but the Jule (Yule) decorations and wrapping paper are already out at supermarkets and Ikea. I bought my first julebuk (Yule goat) of the year already! It is a really old tradition that is rooted in Thor being pulled through the sky by goats!
I got a children's chapter book on the Norse gods stories for my DD. My DH's birth last name is Oden, so I'm hoping it can help her be in touch with her ancestors growing up.
Hey all, not sure but wanting to contribute but I feel so disconnected from life these days. My father passed last Monday and I have always been very sensitive to ancestors during this time of very and feel like the veil is very thin already. Anyone else feeling more alert to spirit happenings on the other side? Or had an increase in dreams? Seems messages are everywhere.
Also gearing up for a more focused celebration/ritual with my little one where we will create an ancestor altar together, which makes me a little sad since last year we were with my dad when we did it; though he wasn't really aware of what me and DD were doing, he just thought it was another one of the "weird" things I do and joked about eating the food I put out.Looks like this year he will get to enjoy the food afterall.
I am reading your posts about Jesus teaching, such a hard spot for us as well. When she was much younger her daycare provider told her that God and Jesus love her and watch over her. She kept telling me Jesus loves me so I am ok. I lost it over that and my husband was just like "honey everyone will share their beliefs, just teach her what "we" believe." I still boil up thinking about a provider teaching about god and jesus.... I todl my DD that Jesus was an incredible spiritual teacher who many people believe in the same way we believe in faeries, Mama Earth, Sistermoon, Brother Sun, Father Sky, our ancestors, dreams, community, sustainable agriculture, star matter and chocolate.
I'm sorry to hear about you father.
We believe in the power of chocolate in our house as well. :)
Seems like a lot of us have had experiences with family trying to teach Christianity to our child(ren)! Gives me a glimpse on what I'm in for. ;)
I've been in teething hell this week! Two more bottom ones came in, so 4 on top and 4 on bottom, for a total of 8 teeth by 8 months! DD is pulling herself up on everything but still really clumsy, and she bonked her teeth against her crib twice this week and started bleeding! Poor girl. I also think she learned to whine from the neurotic dog! I think I've had a beer or wine every night this week. TGIF.
For our anniversary, I mentioned to DH of going to the haunted Whalley house in Oldtown San Diego and he was so impressed that I would want to go. I'm usually terrified of scary movies and won't watch them at all. I figure we'll go during the day and it'll be fine. DH sees ghost and feels energy, physic, he always knows his Christmas and birthday presents, so I've always wanted to go to a haunted house with him! Should be fun.
My step daughter (22 years) is moving back to Florida :(. Its bitter sweet. She moved out here for my DD and to develop a relationship with her dad and they've had the hardest time. They do not communicate well at all. Long story but there's been a lot of fighting, tears, and negative energy between them. She's been super helpful with the housework and DD so I've been spoiled, but all the negative energy is really hard on me. I need to do a big clean house, physically and spiritually. I also want to move to a smaller house when our lease is up in January. My DH's company might cut the game he's working on, so who knows where we'll end up if that happens. Very stressful!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!