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
Yesterday was one of those days with my children where my patience was non-existent.
I was extra snappy, extra tired, and I wasn’t exactly the mother that I’d like to be.
I’m sure you have these moments too. You go to sleep with some regrets and hope to wake up in the morning with extra hugs and kisses for their little faces, a kinder voice, and more patience to hear their wee requests.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.
With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, I wanted to share with all of you my very favourite free Valentine’s printables.
There are so many cute & lovely free Valentine’s Day card and treat designs on the web that I found it hard to choose only 9 that I liked the best! The ones that I love are very creative, adorable, and I’m sure Little C will have a blast picking one out and putting it together with me for her little buddies.
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.
Seriously – I would post a picture of my house right now to show you that I’m qualified to hang up this quote on my wall, but I’d rather not.
I find that between kids, a hubby, crafting, and all of the other things this DIY Mommy loves to do that I have very little time for housework… and I really don’t mind. As long as there aren’t dust bunnies in every corner, I’m content.
I had originally heard this old poem from a friend at my first daughter’s baby shower – it’s a poem I often think of when I’m feeling tired and busy. The precious moments with my children will fly by all too quickly, and the moments spent with them are far more important than any other work I could do.Continue reading