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...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Home Again, Home Again (Jiggity Jig!)

Ahhh, January.  We're home! The unpacking is done, the new toys (mostly) put away, the house in decent order. I still need to put away the tree and all the decorations, but I'm in no rush this year. I have made the annual trek to Target for a trunkload of Sterilite bins to help me organize the chaos of never ending toys. Starting this week, I'll be tackling the basement storage area and purging carloads full of stuff to make room for more storage. Abe and Raena, prepare for a box of baby stuff coming your way in the near future!

Our travels were filled with family and love, but with a few shadows and a bit of tragedy. Mom had a health scare the week we were there, which thankfully turned out to be a non issue (YES!) and Dad developed a muscle spasm in his shoulder that rendered him unable to complete his woodworking gifts and has made work, sleep, and his daily schedule almost impossible to maintain. And sadly, while we were in Wichita, Rowan's fish (Gilbert) died. Dec. 30 was a long, sad day for her. We buried him in the garden on the 31st, and she created this picture in his memory:
In my rush to get gifts wrapped, given, and sent, I didn't remember to take pictures of 2 of my 3 finished "Eternity Scarves." Here's the one I made for Raena, being modeling by Frosty...
She tells me its scrumptious and wonderful - yay! Rowan had her own bit of fun creating a gift for Raena and Abram's baby (and PS, it's going to be a boy!) Here's her custom-made bib design:
One of the Christmas traditions our family has is to make Lithuanian Grybai cookies. They are a bit labor intensive, but so yummy. This was the first year Rowan got on board to help! I made the dough, sectioned into hunks to make the stems and caps...
 Here's Rowan, dipping the stems into frosting and inserting them into the caps...
 And here's the final result - poppyseed sprinkled, iced "mushroom" cookies. YUM!
And now, it's time to start some January projects! I've got a few in mind, but Knit Wit was closed today when I stopped to get materials. In the meantime, I will continue to crank out some hats for charity.

I will leave you with a few of my favorite photos from Christmas Day - I managed to catch some great moments!
Rowan sees what Santa brought...
Mini Felicity doll
Putting on the charm bracelet I  made Rowan
Fascinated by her new coloring book
She LOVES her new horse!
Brynn sees her new piano
Our little Schroeder...
Watching Raena open the bib she made

1 comment:

  1. Darn, lost everything I wrote on here a minute ago when I had to 'log in' to Google. Rats. Well, just know that I loved seeing all your pictures and it brought back great memories!