Sunday, October 5, 2008

30 days of gratitude : 17

When I began thinking about gratitude and the way it can change perspectives I planned to post once a day in September. Hence 30 days of gratitude. But September was so busy - we were sick, we recovered, we got sick again, there was a party to organise, a birthday to celebrate and somewhere in the middle was the sorting, cleaning and decluttering of Spring. So gratitude is spilling over into October which, I think, can only be a good thing.

I know I have posted this photo of blessing bracelets before. But I am so grateful to Kali Wendorf, editor of Kindred magazine, for publishing this photo with my story "Blessing Your Way".

I first read Kindred when I was pregnant. I was always comforted by the fact that every article written about pregnancy confirmed that it is a natural event and not a medical condition. Kindred magazine "one family, one world" is passionate about natural parenting and sustainable living. The articles are diverse and inspiring, detailing the difficulty and the joy in raising a child in today's world. After reading every edition I feel so reassured about my parenting journey and the way Daniel and I have chosen to raise Che. It's nice to know that so many other parents are opting to embrace the organic, natural, simple life and to raise their children in a natural and 'child-friendly' environment.

After all, "How we treat the child, the child will treat the world" (Pam Leo, author of Connection Parenting).

I was most inspired by Kali's editorial Man and the Machine. It sings so loud the truth about the 'other mother' in our children's lives - the big mother known as nature. Such an honest teacher...the best playmate. Please read it.

If you are new to Kindred and would like to read a few articles you can download the most recent edition here. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.


  1. You really have some wonderful ideas on nurturing & parenting.
    I also like the saying that children are the messages we send to the future.
    congratulations on spreading the word. It must be wonderful to have your work published - must check out the link.thanks.

  2. Lovely, "how you treat the child the child will treat the world".
    From what I've seen it's frightening prospect.

  3. you make me feel at ease...I liket that.

  4. Nice to "meet" you and your blog! I am struck by how gorgeous your photos are - they have a soft light in them or a glow, or something, anyway, they are beautiful.

  5. Hi Jodie,
    I was just browsing through your blog (lucky me, my little fella is asleep), and came across this post on blessingways. I had only ever heard of this once before, and then I realised, that it was your article in my Kindred magazine that I had read!
    I had a traditional babyshower organised pre-birth of my son Cooper, but he came early so I never actually had it.
    Maybe it was a sign... I would have loved to do something similar to a blessingway, but in all honesty was too nervous at what my friends and family would think!
    I do now feel that I have grown as a person since becomming a Mummy, so maybe I will keep it on the cards, for whenever baby number two begins to grow.
    Thanks for your beautiful blog, and allowing me to keep my ideas and eyes open.
    Rhiannon xx