The Litany of Motherhood

This started as just one snarky Instagram post about my hatred of doing the dishes but became so much more.  So without much further ado, I give you the Litany of Motherhood…

For those still look at last night’s dishes, hoping they’ll wash on their own…

we pray.

For those of us who LITERALLY JUST VACUUMED….

we pray.

For those of us who clearly don’t own coatracks…

we pray.

For those of us who have drawers that only open and never close…

we pray.

For those of us with laundry that hasn’t apparated upstairs on its own…

we pray.

For those of us who call this a win that the books are at least on the bookshelf…

we pray.

For those of us who pull out the reserves when the kids are playing outside…

we pray.

For those of us who have been going all day and feel like we’ve accomplished nothing…

we pray.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Martinmas Knitting 

For the first time in a few years I actual got all my planned knitting dine by Martinmas.  I was able to make my husband and kids each a piece of handmade warmth in honor of St. Martin.

My husband received some fingerless gloves.  This pattern is Wizard Warmers, knit in some grey Pattons wool.

My son received some homemade socks.  This pattern is the Samwise Socks, knit in a blue Knit Picks Tweed.

My daughter got a new hat.  I used the butterfly stitches from the Butterfly bonnet and added an extra butterfly to make it larger and knit even so that it ended in a gnome hat point.  This was knit in MadeleineTosh.  My son grumpy modeled it for me over breakfast cereal.

Overall I’m pretty happy with them all and am now working on a new hat for myself and hoping to string up the table loom I found at the consignment store soon and try my hand at weaving a scarf or two this winter.

Advent Prep

The Season is upon us and who here isn’t thrilled that Advent doesn’t start Thanksgiving Weekend this year!  This girl, I’ll tell you who.

That being said I have learned that the best way for me to enjoy Advent is to get as much done before that first Sunday.  Advent is meant to be a prayerful and reflective time, it’s so much more than Christmas prep.

So as I’ve done the last few years I try to get as much shopping done beforehand.  So far it’s worked because my kids have either been too young to know they request specific things or pretty consistent with their “want” list that I can make purchases ahead of time.  So at the moment I just need to take the kids out to get things for their Dad, finish some photobooks and get stocking stuffers and just wait for the last of the Amazon Prime boxes to arrive.  Then I have a month to wrap stuff up and get it out of the closet.

But I digress and this is about Advent, not Christmas Prep – only that getting all that out of the way means I’m not stressing about it in the month of Advent.

For myself I’ll be enjoying some Winter Music thanks to some Spotify playlists, my Blessed is She Advent Devotional written by my wonderful friend Laura and an Anne Thomas Ellis book I’ve been saving “Inn at the Edge of the World”.

We’ll be doing some feast days in there – our favorites are St. Nicholas, St. Lucy and Our Lady of Guadalupe.  We get really fancy for these days, and by really I mean not very.  We do a small gift, chocolate coins and a new Christmas Book for St. Nicholas (I’m just doing one joint book this year because we already have a bunch and it’s easier – yay new “traditions”).  We’ll do cinnamon rolls or something Swedish-esque for dinner for St. Lucy’s.  We’ll do Tacos for Our Lady… our maybe Churro’s for Our Lady.  Should we make Guacamole for Gaudalupe a thing?  I’ve still got time to figure out something witty, yet simple.

We’ll do our Straw for Baby Jesus again.  I love this tradition because it’s only about doing good deeds – we don’t tie it to getting presents or a reward.  We just do good things and see a representation of those things.

I’ve learned over the years I both love and loathe doing crafts at home.  Love the idea, hate the work.  So this year I farmed this out to Ye Ol’ Oriental Trading Company and found these, these, and these for a steal.  So I’ll get to pretend I’m some uber together Waldorf Inspired Nature Mama and don’t have to spend hours cutting out detailed scenes from black cardstock anymore.  Live and learn.

I’ve also farmed out a bit of our Religious Education to the Traders of the Orient and purchased one of their Jesse Tree Sticker projects.  I’ve wanted to add a Jesse Tree to our celebrations for a few years, and this seems our level right now.  Plus, if it doesn’t fit our Advent we didn’t invest a ton to begin with.

One new thing I want to try to do with our oldest is read “The Christmas Carol” together as our read aloud that month.  I love this story and one Christmas Ben and I stayed up and read it out loud together and it’s one of my favorite memories.  I’d love for us to read through it together this year.

Other than all that we’ll have the usual – our Christmas books, our Advent Wreath and traditional Advent Calendar and this is one of the first years I look at all of that and think…. that almost sound manageable.

 

A Merrier Manifest: November

I’ve been a bad blogger, but I’m still here.  Life is in a busy season and I’m finding it a challenge to learn to balance what needs to happen in my home and what I want to work on.  I want to tackle all the projects, read all the books, write for all the publications and raise two tiny humans and work a full-time job.  Is that too much to ask?  Definitely in a season of learning to let go.

Listening:

  • I recently discovered Pray As You Go a daily audio prayer podcast/app that allows me to get some much needed God time in on my commute to work each morning.  I’m not a morning person and doubly not a morning person when it starts getting darker and colder out.  The idea of waking up early and having some one on one time with Jesus is lovely, but not happening anytime soon, but this has been a game changer for me.  I’m also trying to work in a few minutes with its sister app Sacred Space to cultivate a few more minutes of prayer each day.

Watching:

  • It’s Star Wars season in my house right now since Rebels just started its new season.  So good!  And yes, of course, we already have our tickets to “The Last Jedi” ordered for opening night… what kind of fans do you think we are? (The fanatic kind is the right answer). I’m hoping to do a rewatch of all of the movies before opening night.
  • Sometime soon I’ll finally make good on my promise to watch the new Spiderman movie and we’re hoping to sneak out tomorrow to watch the new “Thor”.

Reading:

  • Halloween season took a big chunk out of my reading time, but I’m happy to say my little Guardians of the Galaxy won a gift certificate to our local comic book store from my efforts so my college degree is now completely validated.
  • I’m currently working through “The Summer Before the War” and “Notes of a Native Son” and read through “The Gallery” a few weeks ago.  The latter is a quick fun read, and I found myself wishing there was a bit more meat and suspense to a really good idea.  As it stands it was a fine little beach read type of mystery, perfect for taking a break from heavier, more serious works.
  • In my queue for the month I have:  “Everfair” by Nisi Shawl, “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates to read.  And a long list of audiobooks slowly piling up on my audible account.

Making:

  • I’m rather excited that for the first time in a few years I’ll be able to give my family their handknit items for Martinmas.  I just have half a sock and loose ends and blocking to do and my husband and kids will each have a new item for the winter to wear.  I can’t wait to show them off.
  • I’m also a little greedy in that excitement because I’ve been putting off making things for myself in order to get the Halloween costumes and Martinmas gifts done this year.  I have a small tabletop loom I found at my magical consignment store that is taunting me every time I walk by it as well as dress patterns and fabric calling out to me from forgotten drawers….. so maybe I’ll have to be a bad blogger for a bit longer.