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...
Thursday, September 8, 2011
And now that September is here we are entering (once again) into nonstop, jam-packed, fun-activity time! We kicked the month off in style with Brad and Rowan at the first KU football game...
... followed by a family outing to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival on Sunday with Uncle Cliff and cousin Dolly. Check out these cute girls!
September is going to be filled with Girl Scout activities as well. I survived my first meeting, and hope the girls had tons of fun. Here's a glimpse at a couple of the activities we did: sharing what each girl wants to do as a Brownie, and decorating her Brownie folder with words and pictures that make her feel good about herself.
In knitting news, the cooler temps also bring more prolific knitting. My orange flutter scarf is almost 3/4 done - it isn't blocked yet so it's pretty wrinkled but you get the idea. Love the "flutter" where it widens at the end!