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The Simple Joys of Nature - Living with Children on Mother Earth
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<h1>Having a day full of blessings is easy in the
<p>@gardenofeden,
<p>especially when living through the joys of a child. </h1>&nbsp;</p>
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<h3>I believe that being connected with nature is one of the greatest gifts we can receive. &nbsp;The earth relentlessly supports us, even when we abuse her, ignore her, or doubt the worth of that which she supplies. &nbsp;Holding space for children to grow up in a natural and holistic setting helps them stay in touch with creation, and to live in gratitude and appreciation for the beauty gifted.</h3>
<h3>Being with children all day provides great opportunity to immerse them in skills that will last them a lifetime. &nbsp;Even with a very busy day, it's amazing how much one can accomplish with children, and still be present with the things that are important to them. &nbsp;I included them in my day which we spent mostly outside, jumping on the tramp, singing in Spanish, caring for the chickens, pruning trees, pulling weeds, being astounded at the magnificence of mother nature and her vast display of blossoms in a rainbow of colors.</h3>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/igeug8ywh/IMG_2278_1.jpg" width="640" height="496"/></p>
<p><em>Day Lilies</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/wgyt7zd81/IMG_2177.jpg" width="1066" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>Broccoli Rahb&nbsp;</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/a1umef8hd/IMG_5215.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>Carrots Flowers</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/qzkg8s33l/IMG_2253.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>This is Noki helping to clear planting space in the garden. &nbsp;She is only 3, but already knows what sprout is what, what is edible and what is not, why the worms are there, the importance of dark rich soil and how to make it out of waste--just for starters. &nbsp;She can do nearly everything her bigger sister does, and is participating in something of great benefit to the entire community, staying connected with nature, getting to spend time together in purposeful play, getting fresh air, sunshine and grounding through her bare feet. &nbsp;She gets to nibble on the freshest, most loved food on the planet while she plays, and helps harvest produce for our evening meal.</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/omy7ml5f5/IMG_2187.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>These are the herbs we gathered for our activated water, with which we are blessed to be drinking everyday.</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/sdc3432cx/IMG_2256.jpg" width="1066" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>There was also some solar baking going on, as you can see my homemade, sustainably made and lovingly decorated birthday cake!</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/p63avuwtt/IMG_2203.jpg" width="1066" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>Opportunities for special wishes come in many forms at the @gardenofeden.</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/88iiym8j5/IMG_2254.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>QiQi, who is now 5, is an incredible help wherever she focuses. &nbsp;She not only helps in all areas of the garden--making compost, planting, transplanting, propagating, weeding, building trellises, pruning, harvesting, laying irrigation and readying the beds for the next crop--she also carries wood, cooks and cleans, organizes, creates amazing works of art, designs clothing and hairstyles, and oh soooooo much more.</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/evvtzi0mp/IMG_2202.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>Peach babies</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/f08y1gxip/IMG_1965.jpg" width="1066" height="800"/><em>Running through the grounds we took every opportunity to indulge in the scent of the magnificence of spring.</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/4ey9gy5yp/IMG_5546.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>Carrot buds</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/6w0twqb3l/IMG_2008.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>We marveled at the breathtaking display that most people never get to see.</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/xwemlaze9/IMG_1956.jpg" width="1066" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>And enjoyed a little orange snack while we played amongst the faeries.</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/axr3tvi5t/IMG_2279_1.jpg" width="637" height="497"/></p>
<p><em>Garlic and Oxalis</em></p>
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<p><img src="https://s6.postimg.org/4sgre7fld/IMG_2111.jpg" width="600" height="800"/></p>
<p><em>Luna</em></p>
<h2><strong>I hope your children get to experience the magnificence of nature. &nbsp;<br>
It's a truly blessed existence!</strong></h2>
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@fleur ·
Beautiful children, cat, garden and lifestyle! 🙂
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@everlove ·
Thank you for the acknowledgement @fleur  Grateful to share our everyday awesomeness with you.  Grateful to have you here.  Following you!
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@everlove ·
Ahhhhh---Agreed!
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@donkeypong ·
Getting kids involved in the outdoors is awesome. Great pictures!
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Life changing indeed!  It's surprising how few people really get any interaction with nature for a good portion of their lives.  Walking from cars to buildings and buildings to cars, mowing the lawn or watering houseplants is the most nature in many people's worlds.  I'm truly grateful for living so close to the earth.
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@wordsword ·
Really great post, thank you for sharing.
That in the basket is mint I guess, lemon balm? Parsley in the the left upper corner? Whats that in the right upper corner thyme? and do I see some sage next to it? Do you put it in water and let it soak, for how long?

I know a lot of questions but I like to take a guess first :)
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@everlove · (edited)
What a great reply @wordsword.  Good guesses--Cilantro (upper left), lavender (upper right), lemon balm (upper center).  What looks like sage is actually comfrey in a pot on the ground in the back.  Spearmint and shiso on the bottom.  We do put it in our water, picked fresh every day.  Give the herbs a little twist to release the oils and aromas.  It only takes a few minutes soaking to be able to taste it, but we leave ours in up to 24 hours, adding more water as needed.  One of the best perks about being at the @gardenofeden.
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@wordsword ·
Lavender....surprising. Sisho... learned something new. I had comfrey in my garden ones but it will not grow there, maybe I'll try it in a pot too.
I definitely will make it. Thank you very much for the information :)
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@jaytaylor ·
Such beauty - it makes my heart swell <3
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@everlove ·
Mine too!!!!  I'm truly grateful to be part of such an empowered existence with the kids.  Thank you for your comment @jaytaylor -- I appreciate you.
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