March 20, 2015

Messes are Okay

At the start of every day I always try to take some time to get ready for what lies ahead in a day with a toddler. I try to relax, exercise or just read scriptures so that I am better prepared to make good choices. Like many other mothers I'd like to go though my to-do list and accomplish so many things but usually the day doesn't go as I plan. 

Instead I find a little girl that is full of demands(that never end), little R is still young and needs help with so many things. At times it would be nice to just feed, change and put those little rascals to bed. And I at least forget that I am her favorite person in the world. All she wants is to spend time with me. 

Photography by little R

Have you ever just spent time with a dear friend of yours? Isn't it great just to be with them even if they are just doing mundane things? We always seem to have more energy and time for that dear friend of ours. 

What if we thought of our children like that? We would get up every morning and know we get to spend the whole day with our best friend! And you want to know something... that is how your kids see it. All they want to do is to spend time with you. 

At times I make cleaning and completing my to-do list a priority but I've found that as long as I am not mindlessly watching t.v. or surfing online. I have time for so many things. Yeah, I might not have time to clean the whole bathroom but that's okay. Messes aren't the end of the world. At the end of the day I look around our home and believe me it isn't clean but I can look back on our day and know that I did all I was suppose to do.

I took care of the most precious thing that I have been given. 

So stop feeling guilty about not having a spotless home and think of the joy you brought your child today. 

March 10, 2015

We Are Pieces of Art

    A few days ago I was talking with some friends about their many talents and it was amazing. I might not be an amazing baker but right next to me sat one. And another that can knit a gorgeous afghan. And an older women that can make amazing quilts. And others that reads large history books for fun. I felt so grateful for their talents. 
    I mentioned how I love quilts and a few of them said they didn't have the patience or that it was difficult for them because they wanted it to be perfect. The thing I love most about quilts are the imperfections.  
   Each little mistake shows the hard work that was put into it. The lines don't have to be perfectly straight and the pieces might not always a line but this piece of art that has been put together will keep your loved ones warm on cold nights. It will remind you that you can accomplish difficult things. And that just like you, the quilt isn't perfect but that it will always be loved. 

And don't worry every time you make a quilt the amount of mistakes will decrease.