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.

Monday, October 8, 2012


How can I capture such a perfect day on this blog?  How can I photograph my new curtains blowing so gently in our first Autumn breeze?  How can I show you every door in our house open to the fresh air....finally blowing Summer out of all the dusty corners?  I could never figure out how to capture the joy of having enough energy to work along side my kids in our Summer deserted backyard where dog poop was scooped, leaves were raked, play areas were cleaned, and excitement was then had for hours.  I can not take a picture of my swelling heart when I watch my hungry kids pick an apple off our tree for a snack instead of coming inside.  And of course, there's no way to capture the smell of Fall.  The smell of the "rabbit weed" floating in the breeze and through the house.  So, you'll just have to take my word for it.  Today was beautifully perfect.  I wish I could bottle it up, and the euphoria that came with it, and stock pile it for next Summer when I'll need a break from that harsh season.

I did take a few pictures today of a couple of things......... 

Now that it finally felt like Fall, I brought out some Fall decor.  The garland was cut on the porch two years ago by Logan and I.  Our nature table, often neglected, at least now has a start.  When the kids came in from playing outside and saw the Fall stuff up they exclaimed, "Mama!  Its Fall?!"  Yes, I'm horrible and hadn't told them.  It was 100+ degrees as of a few days ago!!!  Felicity instantly asked to go change into long sleeves, tights, and her jacket.  She also voiced concern because the leaves weren't changing color yet.  Patience, Sissy Girl, its still in the 80s here.  Soon.  I TOTALLY get her on this matter!

Felicity picked me a bouquet from the yard, and Logan put it in a jar for her.  It sits on the front porch next to the bucket of Sunflower seeds Kian, Lissy, and I harvested yesterday afternoon.

 I finally got a few pictures of the henna stain.  Its been on for over a week now and is starting to fade, especially since I've been scratching my itchy belly a lot lately.  :)  Its hard to photograph the henna stain but I'm glad to have gotten a few pictures for Arrow's baby book.  This is my nearly 39 week belly.

I packaged up this little gift to mail to Arrow's twin cousin, who has also not arrived yet.

And best yet, this little guy is now done!!!!
I did most of the work on him, by hand, while on bed rest.  Once I was off bed rest, this poor guy sat finished, but naked, on my sewing shelf.  When I woke up this morning feeling better than I have in days (I've been having lots of "baby action" which leaves me tired and sore), I told myself today was the day he'd get done.  I used the kids' rest time to sew up his pants, shirt, and hat, and then placed him in Logan's hands.
He now has a name.
And Logan is a very happy kid.
He'd asked me for a Waldorf doll a year ago.  He saw that his brother and sister had one, and that they loved their dolls dearly.  And knowing my boy, I knew he saw it as a sign of Mama's love.  Some would say he's too old for a doll.  Maybe.  But he's certainly not too old to be reassured of his Mama's love for him.


  1. He turnned out so cute! If Logan asked for the doll he is not too old. Peter wants a Pheobe mouse only in black and dressed as a pirate. Some might say a 10 year old is too old for a stuffed mouse too but I think not. You are so right about a mama's love. I'm sure that's why they ask for these special gifts.

    1. Oh a pirate mouse sounds wonderful! Don't forget to post pictures. Two Christmases ago I made the boys pirate bunnies. There's not too much about them that screams pirate....they just have eye patches. But it was a fun, whimsical touch.

  2. I really don't know how you do it all! And you say you can't capture in pictures, yet you paint beautiful ones for us to see in your words. We've been giving some of our rag dolls around the house waldorf-make-overs, between hair wig and re-embroidered faces. But over the next year I do want to journey into making some.
    Be Blessed today!

    1. Patty Jean, it took me a year to get up the guts to try to make one but once I did, I was in love. They are actually much easier to make than they look. Time consuming and hard on the hands at times, yes. But there's really nothing too hard about them. And its SOOOO fun to see them come to life. They end up taking on their own personality.

  3. Thinking of you (and checking for news often) as you near your wonderful welcome of baby Arrow! Grace and Peace in these last days of pregnancy - I always find the last week or two the hardest - so eager to meet that babe!

    Oh, and the doll is wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much. This time around, for me, the hardest part is anticipating labor. I go quick. My last birth was my first natural delivery and though I want that again, I get quite anxious when I think about what I now KNOW first hand what I'll have to endure. Hopefully a doula friend will make it in time and between her and my husband, I'll have help feeling like I'm in some sort of control. :)

  4. I love your autumn things. I'm in TX and I have a hard time decorating the house when it's still so hot outside, but I should do it looks so nice. Love your henna belly and crape myrtle. I should go cut some too. =) You have a beautiful blog, by the way.