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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I've been pulled away from the blog lately.  Zac had surgery on his shoulder so last week was spent doing a whole lot of relaxing and laying low as he healed.  Though we didn't like seeing him in pain, the kids and I SURE did love having him home for 10 days straight!  TEN!  We are all counting down the months until this out of town job is over.  He was supposed to be home by my birthday in March, now its looking more like April.  **sigh**  I mean, thank you Jesus for employment. 

So, today......
Today started off very slow, windy, and rainy.  We had to be inside all morning, which I was not thrilled about because we are on a two week homeschooling break while I learn the ropes of our new curriculum.  So I didn't even have scheduled school stuff to keep the kids busy.  And they started getting full of energy fast.  So I gathered up all sorts of art supplies and loaded up the table.  This sort of project never thrills my busy boy, and he was tired of painting on paper nearly as soon as we started.  For some strange reason, I reached into Grammy's fire starters pile and pulled out a cardboard egg carton.  "Here, Logan, try painting this."  He was HOOKED!  The kids spend ALL morning water coloring egg cartons, TP rolls, and sticks of kindling.

I showed them how to reveal secret messages with watercolors.
Logan thought that was pretty cool.

This is the kind of mess I love.

Now, Kian naps, Felicity and Logan are finally outside in the sunshine and wind, and I'm off to soak up some "mama sanity" time (as a wonderful blog friend says).


  1. Jenny, You are so creative! Sorry about your husband having to have surgery - but glad for the family time you had! Looks like you had fun....I can almost visualize some interesting mobile with all the different objects hanging that your children fun!

    1. That's a good idea. I was trying to think of what I could do with it all. They really are beautiful b/c the pressed paper of the egg cartons soak up the watercolors so beautifully. I assume its kind of similar to water color paper, that so many waldorf mamas use. I've never used true water color paper with the kids, but I may pick some up tonight.

    2. Jenny, you are so sweet! I just realized you referred to me at the end of your post!

      Water color paper is price-y. I have a pack that I use sparingly. Although I think I'm going to take your idea and try some of these great objects too. One of the things I've been meaning to do, is wet-on-wet painting and then put it outside while it is still the painting gets a frost like design...come to think of it the freezer would work too :)

    3. I'm not sure what you mean about the frost effect, so please blog it if you do it. :)

  2. I've been wondering what to do with all of our toilet paper rolls :-)

  3. What a great idea to keep the kids occupied. Funny how sometimes just changing a small part can make it an entirely different project.