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...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Snotty...but Still Crafting

I've had healthier weeks, let's just put it that way. Finally saw the doctor this morning, got some antibiotics, and hopefully will feel better and get some decent sleep soon.

And suddenly it's February, and we're off and running! (Seriously, people, I just don't have time to be sick. And as a mom, I don't get to take a day off. Especially when Dad is sick too!)

I had to laugh as I uploaded photos from my camera to my computer today. Clearly, Rowan had a little photo shoot which included some fuzzy pictures of Brynn, as well as at least a dozen images of the TV. Here are a couple (and no, I won't bore you with the TV photos.)

In knitting news, the baby hat is blocked and done now, poms and all...
and after 30 minutes of trying to match something in my yarn stash to a pattern I wanted to try, I ended up choosing a doll sweater (Italian Ice) and some nubby cotton yarn I bought for a baby sweater a year ago and didn't use. 

The main body of the doll sweater is also blocked and dry and ready for the neck and sleeves. I am going to try and finish it by Valentine's Day to give to Rowan. The little colorful piping along the edges will be in green and pink.

Doll sweater, back (and true to color)
While waiting for the sweater to dry, I also embarked on a heart-making project for my Brownies. We're doing a "Secret Pal" gift exchange in February, and each girl is to make something for her secret pal. I decided to make something for each of the girls too, and remembered the heart washcloths my mom has made in the past for Valentine's Day. Rather than make a large washcloth, I adapted the pattern to a smaller size. The girls can use them as a coaster, a rug for their Barbie house, a doll pillow - whatever! I will make 14, all different, using some yarn from my stash and a few new skeins. Here's what I have done so far. They need to be blocked as well!
At our house, February also means Superbowl Sunday. We have a few neighbors and friends over for a potluck bash. With all the basement cleaning efforts this past month, our family room is ready to go and clutter-free for the party! I barely ever see the basement during the party, as I am usually on mom-duty upstairs with the kids. In preparation, I always get our $1 squares board for the adults and prize game board for the kids ready. 

This year, each kiddo who attends the party will get a giant Hershey bar wrapped with a special paper (even when I'm sick and sleepless, I can get 'er done.)
Recently, a friend turned me on to a book called Simple Abundance - A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.  I've been taking daily dips into the wisdom it provides (albeit, sometimes a little to flowery for my taste but there are still some gems there.) I have started writing daily in my "Gratitude Journal" to help me keep track of the good things in my life, and on each day's reading I highlight a sentence that strikes a chord and is something I want to do or remember. Today, February 1, I highlighted "commit to a weekly creative excursion: a regular, solo rendezvous with your authentic self."  In a way, blogging is it's own creative excursion, right? Well, I guess I can check that off my list this week!

1 comment:

  1. Geeze, love that you're sick and you can still write a great blog entry. You ARE incredible, girl! Your little hearts are adorable and the girls will love them. The sweater is going to be a big hit, I am sure. I never would have thought that you could 'recover' a candy bar to make it party/occasion specific. Now how great is that? And the baby hat is absolutely darling. I feel so non-productive all of a sudden...
    :) xox