into the woods

January 4, 2017

 “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.” -David Sobel, Beyond Ecophobia



This is important to me. As a mother of six children, this is important to me… to foster, to nurture, to encourage, to guide my children to love, take responsibility for, advocate for, and become stewards of the earth.

Sometimes I feel like I’m falling short. Sometimes life becomes unpredictably chaotic, my attention is suddenly needed elsewhere, and I fall behind on the projects & plans I have when it comes to this particular part of our homeschooling life. Sometimes the van breaks down, and I can’t get them to all the beautiful places in South Florida, places I’ve been dying to waiting all year to take them to, because I was waiting for this lovely “winter” weather to arrive. Sometimes sadness strikes and I seriously struggle to leave the house.

But before long, I realize that my reasons are nothing but excuses, and that I need to practice what I preach to my family… I need to use my “R & I” (Resourcefulness & Initiative). I remind myself that I’m being a perfectionist, dwelling on what was supposed to be, rather than shifting into what still can be. I readjust towards simplicity. And when that mental shift happens, beautiful things follow, like the rediscovery of the woods that are in walking distance from our home.

And as we begin our little adventures, we sing…


Into the woods
and down the dell,
the path is straight,
I know it well.
Into the woods,
and who can tell
what’s waiting on the journey?”

Simply going into the woods together is one way we encourage our children to move through life with Sofia’s Ideas on Simplicity, Frugality, and Frivolity… all with an Eco-Mentality.

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