It begins...

A friend recently forwarded an email to me titled "The Invisible Mother," a short essay comparing the tireless and often thankless job of a mother to the builders of Europe's great cathedrals. Both give their whole lives for a work they will never see finished, both make sacrifices and expect no credit, and both are fueled in their passion by the faith that the eyes of God see every detail. The writer of the essay was inspired by the thought that our endless efforts in motherhood, invisible as they may seem, are worth it and can make an enriching life.

For many of us, the way we choose to hold our invisibility at bay is by creating something tangible. For me, my days often end with knitting - my love of fiber and the need to do something relaxing end up producing something I can hold and look at. Nobody will know how many times I swept under the high chair that day, or how many toys I picked up, or how many times I tried to coax a "please" or "more" or "sorry" out of my 5 year old. But a darling, handmade infant hat? That you can see.

I start new projects every day, and my 10 year old does the same. In this process of creating (and yes, often not finishing our projects!) we connect with each other and a bigger picture of ourselves in the process. My plan for this blog is to share the projects that excite me and bring some accessible proof of my existence in this invisible world of mothering!

So, this blog is dedicated to the mothers out there whose days are filled with the minutia of tasks that build our children and our families. I often tell people that I haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. But for now, I am the builder of a great cathedral. With every shoelace tied, lunch packed, and forehead kissed, I build.

And I can hardly wait to create something new...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Welcome Spring!

With a new front door mat, a new haircut, and renewed vigor I am welcoming spring today!  Well, I know we still have a few weeks left of winter, and we'll probably get 2 feet of snow next week in Iowa, but for today it feels like a new season!  Sunny, 60 degrees, Saturday - splendid!!

I just spent an hour and a half in the yard, clearing away all the old, dead garden debris and uncovering all the tiny little green (and yellow!) things that are sprouting.  The azaleas, clematis, hydrangea, lilies and roses have all been pruned (my knock out rose bush just about did me in - my forearms are a mass of scratches), the leaves and dead grass cleared away, the old annual foliage yanked and stuffed in in yard waste bags. 
Front Walk - green!
Miniature Crocus peeking through
South garden full of daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, and iris buds
And Brynn is still napping, so I can sit for a minute and feel satisfied with myself. (Plus, I had a good weigh-in at WW this morning, and am now only 6.5 lbs from my goal weight!)  I bought two new pairs of capri pants today, using my Christmas gift cards from Eddie Bauer, and could fit in a size 8.  DUDE!  Celebration time indeed!  Yay, me! Yay, spring!!

Now, off to change out of my gardening clothes so I can work on Duck Booty #2...

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