After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Half Homemade Halloween

In 24 hours, I will be leaving to photograph an out of town wedding.  I will not be home until a few hours before its time to head out trick or treating.  And due to a few set backs and changes in our routine over the last few weeks, my monster bags remain to be the ONLY thing accomplished off my Half Homemade Halloween list.  ugh!  Tonight we're taking the kids to the pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins.  I am planning on making soup this afternoon so that we will have a nice dinner waiting for us after the pumpkin carving extravaganza mess.  Also, my mother in law, sister in law, and nephew are arriving tonight for a visit.  So I've got to get the house ready for company (I did some company prep yesterday).  In addition, I like to leave my husband with at least one meal ready to go when I leave.  I know I don't need to do this because he's the most capable and amazing man out there, but I like to.  So...wish me luck.  Somewhere in all that madness today I need to do Kian's bee costume and put the finishing touches on Lissy's "butterfly girl" costume.  Oh, and homeschool.  Hmmmmm.....maybe homeschooling today will be in the kitchen making soup.  My mom came over the other night so Zac and I could go on a date and after hearing all that needed to be done, she said, "you don't have to be super Mom, Jenny."  She said this while sitting on my living room floor because there was no room to sit on the couches since they were FULL of laundry she had done and folded while we were on our date.  I'm talking like 6 loads!  That was in addition to cleaning up the kid's dinner mess and kitchen, organizing our shoe shelf on the front porch, taking diapers off the line, and unloading, reloading, and running my dishwasher.  I'm not TRYING to be a "super mom'', I'm just following an amazing example of a woman who went out of her way to show her family they were loved, cared for, and thought of.  I am so blessed to have an amazing example of a mother.  God, please help my kids to feel that way when they're 30.  And maybe before they're 30 too.  :)

My 3 with their amazing Grammy on Felicity's birthday camping trip. 
Lissy's holding one of Grammy's handmade gifts.  She really shouldn't try to be super Grammy.  :)


  1. Hi there! Thought I'd check out your blog...and am glad I did. Lucky you and yours to have such an interactive, caring, capable mama. It shows in the photo you took. My goodness you have cutie kiddos! A funny thing, I have been looking everywhere for a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll. No kidding! Does your mama do commissions? (really). I'll be back...
    xo Jules

  2. Ditto Jen, we have the best Mom!!! <3

  3. Thanks Jen! You are so sweet. Could you have found a worse picture of me? :)