Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
Dear Mayhem's Mom,
I can't remember where I read it first. I had so many people send me the link to the article about "the mother who makes paper dresses with her 4 year old fashion guru," that I lost track.
As many close to me have known, my now 5 year old daughter has also expressed a similar love for fashion at a very young age. I believe she began dressing herself around the age of 2 1/2 and I quickly gave up the battle of matching outfits, and let her little mind create whatever she wanted to wear from then on. Now she spends her free time drawing outfits hoping the designers will create someday. I don't have this gene, so I'm not sure where she gets it. lol.
I showed her the article and all the photos of the dresses you and Mayhem created. Her eyes lit up in the most glorious way and in an instant she was off to draw the first dress she wanted us to make.
We made our first paper dress together that day.
But I got more than just an idea for an outlet for my daughter's creativity from reading that article.
I sit here today overwhelmed with how much I get it.
You have capitalized on a precious time period in your daughter's life that will never be forgotten. You found a way to capture these sweet, innocent moments where deciding on her next dress is the biggest decision she has to make.
As a mommy of 3 little ones, the days are long, but the years are short and soon enough the days of paper dress making will be behind us. Mayhem will grow, and you will one day tape together your last paper dress, but this memory that you have made will never ever fade.
You helped your child's creativity blossom.
You stepped into her world and brought it to life.
You selflessly took time from your day and spent it by her side creating memories that truly will last a lifetime.
A mother that didn't begin something for her own gain, but a mother that chose to get on the floor with her baby and spend the time with her, someone noticed and something big came of it.
The love you have shown your child by your dedication and presence is what I saw.
This is why I immediately went to follow you on Instagram and overloaded your website with clicks.
I saw something that was truly special, and I know I'm not alone.
An innocent and creative outlet for you and your daughter.
Yes, your dresses are amazing, but that was just the outcome of a love that could be felt by the hundreds of thousands of people that saw that post.
We could feel the love, the real love that would make a mom spend countless hours putting together dresses to be worn for 5 minutes a day.
That's the beauty.
This world LONGS to see love like this.
And I'm just a mom touched by your story.
I get it.
Beauty in the simplest way.
Time spent on your little one's passion.
Selfless. Fun. Love.
I pray you keep creating, keep spending those moments with her on the floor during the craziness that has now become your life.
I know I'm not alone when I say I'm inspired.
Inspired to find my own outlet with each of my kids as I watch them grow and see their own interests unfold.
Mayhem's Mom, thank you.
I get it.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
So many of you may know, and many of you may not know, that I started homeschooling my crew this year.
Addyson is 5 and in Kindergarten.
Sawyer is 3 1/2 and in Pre-school.
Capri is 15 months.
The story on how this came about is for another post. Not one that I am trying to get out in a few quiet moments at naptime.
I'm posting this because I have been humbled by the fact that I've had a lot of people contact me since starting homeschooling with questions about how it's going, what curriculum I use, what I'm doing for Sawyer, etc. I absolutely LOVE talking to people about it. I literally jump inside when I get a text about it! BUT, I've been doing a bad job at getting back to everyone and actually emailing them info I promised. So I'm trying another route. Which brings me back to blogging! Ahhhh. I would love to post this information incase it might be helpful to many.
But first off, I want you all to know a few things..
I am a ROOKIE. Did you notice the CAPS LOCK?!? This is VERY new to me, and I have SO much to learn! But I do best by jumping in, and figuring it out as I go, and so far, I am the one being blessed double by this experience.
I also believe that what works for one family does not work for every family or even for every child!
So of course, I will be posting what has been working for us, but please know that there are so many routes and ways to approach homeschooling and I definitely don't believe that my way is better than anyone else's or the ONLY way.
The Lord has been preparing and changing my heart for this season of life for two years. For several months now, I have taken a step back in regards to my little business I run part-time, Raving Tans. I'm now only working one evening a week in exchange for what used to be four. Although I was scared at first to do it, I know it has been what the Lord wanted for this season, and it is what is best for my family.
So, I'm going to be doing posts as often as I can in regards to my homeschooling journey. Because I want my kids to someday look back at this and see where my heart was along this journey. And if it helps someone along the way, even more wonderful.
This is just the very, very, beginning. And the posts will even be in a NEW blog that I will be announcing SOON!
But if you have any questions for this ROOKIE, please comment below, text me, message me, whatever you wish! I kind of don't know where to start with a blog post in regards to everything we have been doing, so your questions will help direct me.
Thank you all for your support and if you don't mind saying a little prayer for me as I'm taking this one day, and one year at a time, I could use all the prayers I can get!
Love you all..
"Train a child up in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Thursday, August 29, 2013
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."