glittering summer days
dirty feet. water balloons. a wet kitchen floor.
i am having a staring contest with my messy house.
things get a little bit crazy around here when mama is not feeling well.
i have slowed way down.
when you lose your health (even if temporarily), things sort of shift into proper perspective (with God’s grace).
and suddenly you hang desperately onto something as small as teaching the baby how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe…because that’s important.
at least it’s important to me.
so what if the stuffing is coming out of the couch….i can deal with that later.
right now we are enjoying these glittering days of summer:
a very empty calendar (by choice!!!) = time to create.
butterfly craft found here.
i had way too much fun punching all. those. butterflies. out!!!!!
and she, well, she is the artist. so there were pages of watercolors…
the pottery…well, that is courtesy of our local pottery shop which holds children’s classes….
yes, this is me screaming…”look how talented my daughter is!!!”
what can i say? i really love watching my children blossom.
and make things.
(that is a decorative wine-cork-topper btw. a painted button glued into the top of a cork.)
i think it is (one of the many) very special components of homeschooling…dabbling in this and that…
and we do dabble…
speaking of my daughter…she went and turned 12 on me last month…did i mention that?
how dare she!
my june bug.
but what a lovely person she is turning out to be!
donning an apron and whipping up some sort of yummy baked (or not) concoction at least every other day is something that has me in awe these days…i am impressed.
and not just because her peanut butter cookies are so good!
i am impressed because of the little woman she is turning out to be.
useful. joyful. and so faithful.
these are the things i see during this time of pulling back…
and because there are so many things to say “yes” to these days…it is hard.
but i want to say more yeses to these…
these gap-toothed smiles.
and inquiring minds.
so worthy of my attention.
i often feel like there must be some well-adjusted woman out there who i was meant to be…
a woman who has her act together and cruises through her days….
but until i find her…i will soak up every moment i can….staring at faces with pink cheeks and scratches from the kitty…reading stories and laughing.
because it won’t be long before these glittering summer days will be gone….