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, May 16, 2012

Returning to Duty

It has been over two months since my last post.  For those who know me well, you know that I have re-joined the ranks of writers-trying-to-get-published, which has taken away all of my blogging time. I am letting a few manuscripts stew right now, and decided to throw a few photos up and see if I have done a decent job of capturing any craftiness during my writing craze.  Mom, here you go, and happy belated Mother's Day!

Hyacinth, tulips, and daffodils in March

Father/Daughter "Sweetheart Dance" in March

Rowan paints a kit lantern

Rowan tries out her Flower Press

Rowan learns to knit! For real!

Our first batch of dried flowers turn out great! Rowan makes several bookmarks and cards with them.

Rowan and Easton make "fossils."

Loved Rowan's 3-D version of a Lemonade stand! (The tall blue pillar is there to hold up the cloud.) Adorable!

Rowan learns Transcendental Meditation!

Easter Bunny?

Our World of Girls quilt is done! (April)

Rowan constructs and AWESOME bird egg mobile (she must be related to her Aunt Meredith)

Egg-dying Easter fun

Time to make egg salad!

A teeny new black-capped Chickadee, hanging out in the crook of our maple.

Grandma saves the day and finishes Rowan's new dress!

Wrinkled from the mail, but fits great!

My favorite lillies. Ahhhhh!

Clematis in action

A Treasure Bag I made for each of my 15 Brownies

Easton, Rowan, and Malia create amazing driveway art! (Had to take this photo from the top of a ladder!)

Visiting St. Louis - fabulous day!

Mother's Day at the Legends fountain. LOVE my girls!