Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yarn Along

{ Yarn Along } 


I finished my Oaklet Shawl and wore it all weekend. I am so pleased with the way it turned out and the colors are just perfect for spring. A great knit and easy to follow. 

I also got one of my birthday gifts all the way from England! It is a pattern and materials for a Hold Tight Clutch from the company, Wool and the Gang. It will be a fun knit and it is the first time I will be knitting with jersey.


I just finished The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and oh my goodness, it was a good read. Sadness and Happiness intertwined on a little island bookstore. I really liked it and definitely recommend it. I just started Where'd You Go, Bernadette? last night so I have no opinions yet but I have heard good things. 

Joining Ginny of Small Things

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tales from a Stay At Home Mama

{ Tales from a Stay At Home Mama}

I was standing at the kitchen sink this morning watching the grey sky grow lighter and lighter as the day began. I watched as the all the lights went off and cars began to roll out of driveways and neighbors go off to work. Maybe it is one those mornings or maybe it was the cold weather that refuses to let go and allow spring to work her magic but I was feeling a bit off. Every so often I begin to feel this little nagging voice inside of me say " why aren't you going to work?"  or "what are your contributing to society?" In a world that wants women to step forward, lean in, and take on more I choose to step back, let go, and start down a different path. Now, before I go any further I will say that I know that most women must go to work to support their families or they have careers which they love and want to continue in. (this is NOT a post validating one choice or another it is a post about my choices and feelings.) With that being said, I sometimes feel a bit out of step with friends and family. Even a bit guilty that I am not doing "enough". 

Then I got angry with myself for thinking so negatively. Everyday is a gift. Don't waste it on negativity. So I began to think : What is enough? Do we ever as mothers and wives feel like we do enough? Will the guilt always plague us? I read a lot of posts on the internet where women put down one way of life over another. It gets old and I just want to scream when I read or hear such talk. I have friends feel guilt over not being good enough or doing enough. The following is for you:

 I know that every woman in my circle of friends or family does do more than enough. You are beautiful, kind, caring, hardworking, and loving mothers, wives, and daughters. To you I say, rock on sisters never let anyone get you down. 

To myself I say, you are enough and you do contribute to this world every day. You contribute to three little worlds by being their mother who loves, cares, and acts a crazy to take care of them. I am home right now because truth be told, I made a decision to be. My husband and I talked about it and I really didn't like what I was doing before children so I decided to be a stay at home mom. It has been a chance for me to grow and change also. It has moments of loneliness, sadness, craziness, happiness, and complete exhaustion. But we are making it day by day. Step by step. 

By the time, I had this entire turn around of feelings it was time for breakfast, snuggles, and getting ready for the day. 

Positive thoughts and kind words to yourself and others can go such a long way for what is wrong in the world.

A few quick snaps from our day:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mindful Mondays

{ Mindful Mondays }

A series on Mondays (as often as possible) that calls all things I am doing, thinking, and creating.

:: reading- The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I am about halfway through and I really love this book. It is nicely written and as of yet nothing too tragic has happened to the characters. A little sadness but nothing that makes me want to sob. I like reading a book that makes me feel happy.  

:: listening to - the quiet murmurs of my little gal playing with her dolls and setting up a tea party for us. I am also listening to back episodes of A Prairie Home Companion. My husband and I love this show and we are hoping to go see a live show this spring. *fingers crossed*

:: studying- a few herbal cookbooks still and found about 6 different tea brews I want to try over the next few months. 

:: creating- a door wreath and putting the finishing touches on my quilt. Both are taking longer than expected but then again I am a perfectionist with three children under the age of 6. So go figure, my time is limited. Also, creating lessons for next week's home school and beginning to think about next year and what it will be like.

:: cooking- black bean ragout served over thick toast with avocados and fried eggs. It sounds a bit weird but trust me it is amazing and meat free! 

:: educating - myself on the options of home schooling on oldest next year. I requested some information booklets and now I am really thinking about how this will all work. I think I can, I think I can...

:: feeling- a bit tired from a busy weekend of house hunting, ballet classes, grocery shopping, staying up way too late, and traveling to visit with family. Tired but a good tired. I think today will require a little healthy food boost to get me going. 

:: thinking - about my grandmother who continues to recover from illness. A wonderful conversation I had with several friends over Facebook about college tuition, higher education, and the future for our children. It was inspiring and uplifting. 

Link up and Join me if you feel so inclined...all are welcome. 

Peace, Light, and Blessings on this Monday!