Yay! I did it! I actually posted something here every day this month. I can hardly believe it myself, but boy am I glad I did this. I've found some wonderful new blogs to enjoy, and I know now that I will continue to blog more than I used to (probably not every day though). I will free my mind of all random ideas and unleash them into the blogosphere. So expect a continuation of posts that are only related by the fact that I did them. ;)
Big congratulations to everyone else who completed this, and sympathetic underestanding to those who didn't. :)
1. Bake cookies with my kids and deliver them to friends
2. Drink mulled cider and listen to Christmas music while decorating the tree
3. Make and send Christmas cards
4. Make sock monkeys for my younger nephews and niece (5 of them)
5. Create some new ornaments for our tree
6. Crochet and felt a handbag for my mom
7. Sew tote bags for my Bible study girlfriends (6 of those)
8. Knit socks for my husband's mom
9. Go to church
10. Make a folded magazine tree, like this:
11. Fit into last year's "holiday" clothes
12. Savor quiet times with my husband and kids as much as possible
13. Remember to breathe if things don't turn out as I plan, and remember that all is well.
Wish me luck! ;)
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1. Age at your next birthday: 43
8. My nickname(s): Dee and Mom
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10. A bad habit I have is: procrastination. Here's what I need:
Tag, you're it! Let's see your life in pictures. :)
Most of the Z-card models are displayed on this corner shelf (also built by my son).
My son's shark tooth collection has special display "stands", which he crafted out of Fimo clay. (Notice the biggest tooth has a place of honor.)
This is a close-up of some of the Z-cards.
Transforming your life experience (including parenting) from a grind to a groove leads to a peculiar realization: It's all GOOD... even the "bad" stuff!
There are hidden blessings in every situation. You may not see some of those blessings for quite some time — perhaps years — but who's to say you can't enjoy them before you know what they are? Don't you enjoy receiving a gift even before you've unwrapped it? :)
So if you're celebrating Thanksgiving today, try giving thanks for things that don't normally garner your gratitude:
Your child's crying, whining, aggression, etc.
The person who judged or criticized your parenting.
That thing you said or did to your child that you promised you never would.
Allow yourself to appreciate that LIFE IS GOOD... all of it! Acknowledge the gift of shadows, without which the Light would have no depth.
Have fun! :)
Just a few days ago, I excitedly received my first package from The Sampler. It contained all these goodies from indie artists based in San Francisco!
(Crocheted and shrink art jewelry by me.)
One of the best things I've discovered, or re-discovered, since having children is my own creativity. I spent so many years working to be "professional" in my field, to be taken seriously as an "adult", and making "work" out of being the best parent I could be. I'm only recently coming to realize that to be my best at any of these things requires me to honor and accept all parts of myself. That especially includes the parts of myself that I tucked away in order to be more "mature" and adult.
The part of me that LOVES arts and crafts, and enjoys appreciating others art and creativity, is making a strong resurgence. This is what brought me joy when I was younger, and it is no less joyful now! Thanks to all the wonderful resources at my fingertips (via the computer), I am able to nurture this part of me and be inspired by countless others. It feels like a whole new world has opened up to me. But in reality, it is re-visiting of a part of myself that has been fallow for some time. Now, I am definitely enjoying the harvest, and looking to further cultivate my joy in creating.
Today's Daily Om spoke so eloquently about this that I wanted to share it. Here's an excerpt:
In certain times and places, developing a creative ability was considered an important part of being a well-rounded human being. It was not necessary to be a professional or a masterly genius, because the act of creativity was valued in and of itself. It gifts are manifold—from the sheer pleasure of allowing our imaginations free reign to sharing and enjoying the fruits of our labor. Children share drawings and songs freely, without self-consciousness, and there is no reason why we cannot do the same thing. (Read the entire piece here.)
This has been so true for me! Why not see if there's a part of you longing to create? You can find instructions for just about anything right here on the Internet. ;) Try something new and you might find something old and familiar inside that's been dieing to get out. Let me know about it too. I'd love to hear about it!
When I was younger I was always intimidated by puzzles and brain teasers. I gave up so quickly that I think I may have deprived myself of essential challenges. So now, I'm making up for it by playing every day. ;)
Check it out. I'm sure you'll find something to amuse you!
2. My Thanksgiving traditions include my dad cooking the turkey and stuffing, my mom and I each making two side dishes, and my dear husband providing the bread and desserts. We've done it this way for quite a few years, and it allows all of us to share in the preparations, without any one person being overwhelmed by it all. I love it!
4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie, of course!
5. I can't recall the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me on Thanksgiving. I must have blocked it out. ;P
6. After the meal, I load this dishwasher, then relax, leaving the rest of the mess for the next day. :D
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having the kitchen fully stocked again from food shopping, tomorrow my plans include just enjoying the beautiful weather, and Sunday I want to go shopping for my son's birthday(which just happens to be on Thanksgiving this year).
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