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...

Friday, February 28, 2014

Last Day of February

The month of love is on it's way out. It's time to walk through the house and put away the heart paintings, the window clings, and the little bits of red that decorate here and there. And finally put away the Christmas wreath - oops.  Time to think GREEN thoughts!

My hyacinth, daffodils, and tulips have already nudged their little green tops out of the garden soil - I guess they don't know about the polar vortex arriving this weekend. :P

On this last day of February, I hung my final hearts on the girls' doors. Man, I love those people!

I took Brynn to Kindergarten roundup yesterday and filled out a ton of paperwork. She played in the classroom happily the entire time, requesting songs and wanting to dance and hear music.  I hope they will love her. I hope she will be happy. I hope she will find friends, acceptance, and compassion. I will try not to worry. :)

I finished another set of blocks using more of the blue Malabrigo of Mom's, and some pink I may have inherited from a friend? Can't remember.  They are soft, and hopefully not too "babyish" in color!

I'm going to attempt some embroidery on the next block, so stay tuned!

Tomorrow I am headed to an all-day Girl Scout Expo in Topeka, where I will hopefully add some resources and creative ideas to my leadership tool belt. I don't relish the thought of sitting around in uncomfortable chairs all day, and I probably shouldn't show up in yoga pants. :P  I had my leader hat on this afternoon for awhile too, filling my car to the brim with cases and cases of Girl Scout cookies. Can't wait to deliver in the snow - gack! Please, oh please, polar vortex - go North!

And on that note, I am going to take advantage of my free time, make some tea, knit for awhile, and catch up on some Jimmy Fallon. Happy last day of February, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Happy last day of February to you, too. :) March is coming in like a LION I guess. :) Three weeks until 'spring' and one week until daylight savings time starts. Things are moving along in 2014 and I am so glad that you are finding joy in blogging again, because I sure find joy in reading your posts and seeing what you're up to!