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Posted on Mar 30, 2008 in The art of mothering |

tomorrow, we get to try it all over again

Yesterday I got pretty exhausted with mothering. It was just one of those days where things keep happening one after another. As much as I love having an infant, there are times that can be really trying on me. Owen was so run down from being over tired yesterday that he had quite the meltdown. Deacon, too, was acting very much his age when I tried to take him (and Owen) shopping. That was a bad idea. One should never attempt shopping with a grumpy two year old and two month old.

When we were at the store, Deacon saw a soccer ball on the ground and insisted on me bouncing it. Well, soccer balls don’t bounce very well. D didn’t really like that. Then he wanted to get out of the cart (or buggy as they say in SC) and hold the ball. He held the ball and started pacing around the store saying “find basket”. I found a real basket and told him to put the ball inside the basket. But D said “scared basket”. For some reason the basket frightened him. Then I had to go to the grocery store to buy some beer for Andy’s birthday. It’s special beer you can only get in Ohio. I must have looked so strange with a toddler in the cart (but trying very hard to climb out) and a baby in the sling and my 12 pack of beer. But we made it through the check-out. They didn’t even card me, I must be getting old!


This morning the boys were back to their joyful selves. Smiling and playing like two sweet, normal children. They are both taking naps now and the house is eerily quiet. I’m thankful for good nights of sleep and new mornings. When they smile at me, I seem to forget all about the stress they put me through the day before.

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Posted on Mar 27, 2008 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

waiting for that phone call

It’s the call that you dread, but you know is coming.  I just got that call.  Andy’s Grandfather has gone home to be with the Lord.  He was an amazing man and a tremendous example to Andy and his family.  He will be so greatly missed.  We were so fortunate to be able to spend time with him, really on his last day that he was really well last Monday.  That’s when I took this great picture of him with his newest great-grandson, Owen.  We Love you, Papa Sam.  We look forward to seeing you in glory.


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Posted on Mar 27, 2008 in the Mothering of Art |

My to do list

So, I keep on reading different sites that make me want to make things. I’m going to jot them down here so that I know where to look when I actually get around to doing them.

Make White Bean Soup

Dye Play Silks with Kool-Aid –this one would be great to do with my sisters next time we get together

Rainbow in a Bag

A Pillow like this – Maybe a good one to handsew on a roadtrip

Fabric Balls 

T-Shirt Stencils -These are way too cool!

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Posted on Mar 24, 2008 in the Mothering of Art | 1 comment

three ball cascade

We are on a two hour delay here at my house. Everybody went to bed last night two hours later than normal, woke up later, ate later etc. I’m still in shock that it is already 3:30 in the afternoon. I just finished lunch! Things in our house have been a little bit strange lately. We got back from our Ohio trip almost a week ago. South Carolina weather has been so great. We were even able to spend a good bit of Saturday doing some spring cleaning while the boys took wonderfully long afternoon naps. I can now see most of the floor and walls of the sun room of our house. This is quite an accomplishment.


I’ve been really jealous of Andy lately because he could juggle so well. Deacon really likes to watch him juggle things and often hands him three balls to juggle. When Andy wasn’t around, he would ask me to juggle and I would try to throw two balls in the air, my sorry excuse for juggling. Eventually, I would actually try to juggle and fail miserably time and time again. After chasing balls all over the house, under couches and chairs, i decided that I wouldn’t learn to juggle without some proper juggling balls. So I got some balloons and rice and made my own juggling balls. I even enlisted Deacon’s help with making them. He thought it was so much fun. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro, but I have been practicing for a few days now. I am not too shabby… for a girl.

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Posted on Mar 14, 2008 in The art of mothering, the Mothering of Art | 4 comments

Love was in the air

On Saturday night, we had the privilege of attending the wedding of our friends Luke and Kira.  It was a great time filled with so much love and laughter.  I just love how much fun people had at the reception.  Here in the south, they know how to do a wedding reception up right.  I think it’s all about the appetizers and just floating around from table to table to visit with all the guests.  Everyone seemed so very joyful there.  We were all happy for the couple too.  We were able to watch their love grow basically from the beginning.

I was filled with pure glee on Sunday afternoon when I made the boys matching elephant shirts.  The house was really quiet so I found some time to spend at the sewing machine.  I took a cue from an Etsy seller that I found and embellished some white T-shirts.  I thought they turned out pretty good for an amateur sewer.   Having two boys is going to be so very much fun!

This evening I am playing a house show at a dear friend’s house in Ohio.  I’m really excited about it.  Since our car is so small, we opted to not bring up my guitar.  I get to borrow a friend’s Taylor though and I’m really enjoying playing it.  I’m also borrowing a digital recorder so I’m going to try to get a recording that I can post on here.  Andy is going to play some percussion with me also.  I think it will sound really nice.

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