HAPPY SPRING! I love the newness Spring brings. I love its freshness. I love that it’s a reminder that there is hope after trials. There is a rainbow after the rain. Here’s a free Spring printable for you to decorate your home with and remind yourself of fresh, new things to come!
No matter how long the winter, Spring is sure to follow. (Proverb)
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. Sometimes it’s easy to start focusing more on the kiddos than the hubby, but really love & marriage were what came first before those precious bundles. I made this simple Valentine’s day card for my hubby as I thought about how far we’ve come together over almost 9 years of marriage (in March!) and how many days we’ve loved each other.Continue reading
I didn’t write down and New Year’s resolutions last year and I kind of regret it. I know they’re cliche, they’re not usually successful and blah, blah, blah, but there’s something about physically declaring one’s goals that really helps to define a fresh, new beginning. I blogged about my resolutions in 2013, and I thought I’d revisit that idea for this year and do it again. Plus, I missed my annual reflective birthday post this past September like this one and this one. I hope you don’t mind me sharing a little bit of my personal struggles and wishes here today! Continue reading
Little C is ready and willing (most of the time) to help me with chores around the house. And, believe me – I need all of the help I can get (even if it’s done by the tiny little hands of a four-and-a-half year old). Last week, we set to crafting a fun, preschool friendly chore chart together. I let her pick a couple of her favourite pieces of scrapbook paper (of course it was sparkly) and we went to work.Continue reading
For Valentine’s Day this week, Little C and I did some baking together. We made some pretty cupcakes (the easy way – with a mix), iced them with buttercream icing (here’s my simple tip on how to ice them rosette style), and finished them with a little heart gummy candy perched on top.
While I thought the cupcakes were festively pretty and the cookies were uber-cute, here was my favourite cupcake:
Little C smudged the icing on it gingerly, grasping a spoon ever-so-carefully. “It’s for Daddy“, she said as she worked, “because he doesn’t like all of dis sugary icing.” It’s a cupcake made with true love from a four year old to her daddy.
My favourite cookie? This one:
There’s a couple of wee fingerprints on the bottom of this cookie, the icing is haphazardly spread and there’s a gummy heart in the most random position one could think of… but it’s a work of art.
As a mom with perfectionist tendencies, I do put a lot of pressure on myself to make pretty things, have well-behaved children and look put-together.
But that’s not the goal, is it?
While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to make my home beautiful and enjoy creating things for and with my babies, none of that matters without LOVE (there’s a Bible verse about that).
When my children grow to adults, will they think of me as a busy, impossible-to-please mom who’s too tired to devote some time in the day for a cuddle or a story? Gosh, I hope not.
I want them to know that they are loved unconditionally by their mother.I want them to know that I am not perfect and that they don’t have to strive for perfection either.
Like this fingerprinted, lopsided little heart cookie I’m a bit of a mess some days. But, somehow God uses messed-up moms to shine His love through too.
When it comes to motherhood, I am still learning that the goal is NOT perfection, it’s LOVE.
Wow, it’s been one of “those” weeks. Er, couple of weeks. I have a baby that is an angel-girl by day and Frankenbaby by night. There have been some things that have happened to close friends and family recently that have been very heartbreaking to see.
Sometimes a mommy has to slip into “survival mode” and do the best she can amidst lack of sleep and difficult circumstances.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I rely on three things when I have days like these: God’s grace, love for my family, and coffee. Good, strong coffee. If you’re like me, you might enjoy this free printable artwork that I am going to hang in my kitchen.