All the leaves are brown...

Through bare trees
I can see all the rickety lean-tos
and sheds, and the outhouse
with the half-moon on the door,
once modestly covered in
summer's greenery.

Through bare trees
I can watch the hawk
perched on a distant branch,
black silhouetted wings
shaking feathers and snow,
and so can its prey.

Through bare trees
I can be winter's innocence,
unashamed needfulness,
the thin and reaching limbs
of a beggar, longing to touch
but the hem of the sun.
- Lisa Lindsey, Bare Trees

Who doesn't have a cough these days? It seems that there is a continuous cold in our home, traveling from one family member to the next. Janneke has been up a lot in the night again, and recently, Rachel has been bothered in the night too. Such is the season, I suppose.

December 1 finally brought a bit of snow though it did not stay on the ground. We look forward to the fun that this month brings, with extra visits from family and friends. In the meantime, Emily gives us house concerts with the piano - admittedly easier on the ears than the recorder from last year. Sophia is getting her reading practice by reading recipes. Two nights ago, we enjoyed a great apple crisp, thanks to the time she spent with our More-With-Less Cookbook.

Rachel and Janneke are also showing progress - in the area of technology. On separate occasions, both girls have had the chance to work with the computer at the children's centre. The occupational therapist and the speech language pathologist have a technique laid out for the girls -push the button and something happens on the screen (cause and effect). Rachel and Janneke caught on immediately and loved the experience!

This is a great step for them! From cause and effect, we hope we can move toward some type of communication device. For now, we will look for online interactive games and work with interactive play. The more we create experiences with cause and effect, the better they will understand interaction between people. With the speed of change in technology, I am sure there will be something they can use.

Janneke pushes the green button...

And Eensy Weensy Spider goes up the spout!

A home concert for the girls -and their Tiggers (thanks Mike's Miracles!)

And we look forward to seeing Sinter Klaas again this weekend!