In the midst of my abnormally arduous exercise, when I felt like I was failing, I was actually doing the best I ever have.
Here are some of our family’s favorite ways to lean into the Advent season rather than getting caught up in the world’s rush to Christmas Day.
After reading about the ancient Chinese form of block printing, the kids wanted to try it out for themselves. Learn from our endeavors and do your own block printing at home!
Discovering this new art class and playground got me thinking about all of the things we’ve missed over the past several months, and all of the things we’ve discovered along the way. I’d love to hear what you’ve missed and what you’ve found, too! Here are a few of mine.
The three frustrating hours I spent stumbling through a sunhat pattern with unclear instructions and mislabeling drove home my desire to write patterns specifically for reclaimed and sentimental textiles. Careful labeling can be the difference between a finished project or one abandoned due to incorrect cutting and running out of a specific fabric. Thorough, clear instructions can be the difference between despair and joy while sewing.
It was a beautiful routine and I missed it dearly when we moved. I didn’t realize until this summer just how much my now 4 year old missed this routine too.
Life is short. Instead of trying to jam as many things as possible into that brief span, I’m trying to enjoy everything in front of me as much as I can.
It may not have been the most productive morning by most measures, but it was incredibly enjoyable to see the wonder and rapt attention on the kids faces.
And it was productive in the way that observing nature always is – it teaches us about the world and ourselves in endless illustrations of life.
My kids teach me so much about life.
Our youngest is every bit of two and a half with a strong will to boot. Her favorite phrase for the past 6 months?
“Do it self!”
“I got it! Do. It. SELF!”
A word struck me this morning as I snuggled my babies on the couch and read them book after book.
We all crave closeness.