I didn’t think that life could actually get fuller. And then it did. April has flown by and I’m trying to catch my breath and replace moments of overwhelm with confident faith that everything that needs to get done will. This month I have been:
… finishing projects.
… planning surprises.
… reading this article: I’m Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical and reflecting. A friend sent this and it struck a nerve, especially since I place so much effort and emphasis on crafting beautiful events for the people I care about in my own life. I both agree and disagree with this eloquent writer. Childhood is truly a magical time. I can almost see light bulbs illuminating for Olivia on a daily basis as she learns new skills or simply delights in activities like watching the puppies or walking around the neighborhood. However, I also firmly believe that parents can create meaningful moments of engagement… there is a place for crafts, party planning, and beautiful decorations within the sphere of fostering beautiful memories. It all goes back to intention- are you going through the motions simply for the sake of appearances? Or, are you building a memory?
… visiting a precious newborn!
… celebrating Easter with our little bunny!
… crying after finding this article: Time & Inspiration. LOVE, love, love Kami’s encouragement to embrace “moments of wholeness and tender growth.” All the overwhelm/stress/anxiety melts away when you read something like this– suddenly your perspective widens and you are able to appreciate the here and now.
… running my silhouette nonstop in preparation for a special bachelorette weekend.
… listening to the magic of these four voices: (and checking off at least one item on my 30 During 30 list!)
… managing temper tantrums. My, oh my, yes… we have entered a new phase where running away in a fit of anger and then dropping to the floor in disgust (complete with tears and flailing arms/legs) is a common reaction to a simple redirection.
… starting a new project. Based on this inspiration, James is building me an “L” shaped desk in our living room.
… searching for delicious protein packed meals that are easy to make. Cooking motivation is still eluding me!