I'm sure you all can attest to the fact that some days being a mom can be overwhelming. I was talking to El just this morning about how easy it is to get worn down and forget to find joy in our mothering. It’s not that we don’t love our kids and what we do, it’s just that we never get a break. For instance, my husband loves his job as a dairy service tec. He even enjoyed the everyday challenges of calming down farmer’s ruffled feathers, figuring out an issue on a milk tank he’s never had to fix before and managing problems that arise at the office. But he also loves to come home at night and put his feet up. He loves sleeping in on weekends and taking a day to go fishing.
The thing is, moms don't often get a day off. They certainly don't take a night off! Children always need to be fed and clothed and wiped and loved and rocked and snuggled. Mom’s need a break too or “all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl”. I’ve been challenged this morning to laugh more. To find more joy in the little everyday things, to make being a kid more fun for the kids. I believe that will make being a mom more fun too.
I was not planning to write a blog about mothering, but it ties right into what I am so excited to show you. The other day I got out my dyes again and had a little fun of my own. Creating an artwork out of fabric is food for my soul. Now every time I look at what I created it makes warm circles go around my heart. I challenge you to take time, even in the middle of being a mom, to do things you love. It will put a spring in your step and a sparkle in your eye. In turn, it will splash over onto your children. It will teach your little ones to be creative, to pursue what they enjoy, and that mama values herself too. It’s just so healthy for everyone.
I took 3 yards of our white jersey knit and cut it in half lengthwise. Then I folded it like an organ, rolled it up tight and tied it with a piece of yarn.
Then I made my dye water with this very simple purple Rit dye from Walmart.
This is my favorite part, dunking the pure white into the color and watching it change personality.
After about 15 minutes the design is set.
I rinse it in cold water then I make a second dye bath with a lesser amount of dye. I opened the fabric up and dunked the whole thing for just 5 seconds to get a light lavender hue over the whole thing, After washing and drying, it took just 10 minutes to fold the fabric and sew the ring into the end.
The littlest Graber loves her snuggle pocket! It’s not as hands free as the “moby” wrap I made for my last baby but she prefers the ring sling and its so easy to wear.
So tell me what you enjoy doing for yourself for fun. Comment and share this blog on facebook to be entered in a drawing for a lighthearted inspirational book on mothering written by Rachel Jankovic .