Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life



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February is almost over. There has been snow, snow, and more snow. And freezing cold temperatures. I am incredibly thankful to my wood stove. Yesterday our ceiling in the kitchen sprung a leak, and Jeramy spent the greater portion of his evening on the roof, breaking up an 8-inch thick ice dam. I made supper and sang “Raindrops keep falling on my head!”

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Days lately all seem very much the same. I am home with the children. Two days a week Simon goes to preschool and I have some one-on-one time with Malcolm, who is now almost 5 months old. Jeramy comes home, we make supper, put the big kid to bed. I read, Jeramy plays a game, the baby nurses and falls asleep. The three of us go to bed. It all starts over the next day. It is that part of winter. The doldrums.

Thank goodness for books and tea, coffee and chocolate, occasional sunshine even on the coldest of days.


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A Walk In The Woods


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The land directly behind our property belongs to our neighbor. He owns 125 acres, most of which is wooded. Shortly after we moved in, we were given permission to go walking back there whenever we like.

How amazing it is, to walk out our door, through our yard, and have ample hiking and exploring space that is private. Wildlife to spot, nature to enjoy, and adventures to have, right there all the time. Right now we can soak in the beautiful Fall foliage. We can snowshoe this Winter. In Spring the stream will be full and flowing, and in Summer there will undoubtedly be frogs.

One of my goals as a parent is to teach my child to observe and remember nature. I was able to do that before, however, it required more effort when we didn’t have such easy access to the woods. For this luxury, I am so thankful.

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Our New Home

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We have moved! I have been away from blogging for a bit as we have gone through this whirling dervish of packing up our life and beginning the new adventure of home ownership. We closed on the house on Friday the 13th, and moved in the rain, and we all caught colds– with Simon getting very sick and having to spend a night in the hospital. I underestimated my readiness and ended up with more cleaning and packing to do than I thought at the last minute. We were grumpy with one another at times, and didn’t get enough sleep. We are living in a pile of boxes and furniture that doesn’t yet have a spot. It is hectic.

However, it is beginning to feel like home. I have gotten the kitchen mostly unpacked, and have managed to cook and bake here already. We have been doing renovation projects right off the bat to get the house to be right for us. Our two kitties walk around like they have lived here all along, and weren’t traumatically brought here in a car, screaming their heads off. When I am not home, I find myself worrying about my house, like I would a child.

Simon and I went for a walk the other day in the new neighborhood. Further down our road we can take a right and end up at a horse farm. Just beyond that is another farm with some domesticated deer. As we looked at the animals, chatted with friendly neighbors who were also out walking, and strolled past houses with the grassy and tree-filled yards, I reflected on what a change this is for me. We moved a lot when I was a child, and I lived in a variety of home types, but mostly we were in apartment buildings in urban settings. I am much more used to the sounds of traffic and construction than I am chirping crickets and the neighbor’s rooster.

It is definitely not as important where you are. It is what you make of it and who you make it with that creates a sense of home. However, I am brimming with thankfulness in my heart that we have all of this space to work with. I have always dreamed of living more rurally, with chickens in the yard, trees to build a fort in, and a bit of land to work and grow food on. That dream has come true and I am feeling so incredibly blessed.



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It has been a little while since I have stopped to really think about all that I am grateful for. Our days have been busier, with me directing a play and working more shifts at the library. Despite the busyness, I believe it is important to try to remain present in my moments. Sometimes I forget to do this, but is still helpful to think back over my day and recall the day’s blessings.

Today I am thankful for:
~Simon giving me an extra half hour of sleep.
~Having him curl up on my lap to read stories together after breakfast.
~His delightful imagination and the detailed scenarios he makes up when he plays. (Such as serving me the play food meal shown above.)
~Having the day off, so I got to wear jeans.
~The sun shining, even if it was only for a small part of the day.
~That the rain never came down hard enough to bother us when we were out walking.
~Listening to good music in the car and singing along.
~A visit to our favorite little toy store where Simon played happily; and I bought him his very first pair of scissors.
~A deep tissue treatment at the chiropractor.
~A few precious moments of complete quiet in the afternoon.
~Seeing my husband and son all snuggled up together on the couch.
~My favorite comfy sweatshirt.

As for tonight, I have yet another new book to start reading; and my bed is calling my name.

Hope you all are feeling glad, here in the middle of the week.



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We are down to the last few days before Christmas and I have reached a point where some things just won’t be making the cut as far as handmade gifts go. Sometimes, realizing it is OK to defer to the store for a little help is incredibly freeing.

Today I am thankful for:

~Friends who are willing to babysit.
~A helpful husband.
~The most amazing bagels and cream cheese from my favorite market.
~Our festive Christmas tree.
~Crossing more gifts off the list.
~Holiday recipes I am excited to make.
~My warm lap blanket.
~Having a dishwasher!!!! (My surprise  Christmas gift from my husband that arrived on Monday!!!)




We have been enjoying a lot of family time over the past couple of days. And we will be blessed with even more of it to come, since Jeramy is on vacation all of next week. I am filled with extra thankfulness and joy for this chance to all be home together as we celebrate the week of Thanksgiving. I intend to pay extra attention this week, to try to take in the moments, whatever they may be. Even if we are all just hanging out at the breakfast table, or folding laundry together, I want to soak it up as much as I can, taking my time to remind myself of all that I have to be thankful for.

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Today I am thankful:

~For  warm home to live in when it is so chilly and stormy outside.
~That the weekend is predicted to be warmer.
~For a date with my little one at the local cafe today, and his good behavior there.
~That he is finally making progress on potty training again.
~For our family music class, that we attended together this evening.
~For extra tight  hugs and silly open-mouthed toddler kisses at bedtime.

Also tonight, I wanted to note that I closed the Little Green Pouch giveaway and drew a winner, so if you entered, be sure to look back at that post and see if it was your name that was chosen. Thank you so so so much to all who entered and stopped by my blog!