It’s been quite the week at the Cottage @ 341 South.
This time change on Sunday sure seemed to affect us greatly all week, and in not so good ways. The girls are waking up at very early hours, somehow not aware of the blessed time change. This was always the time change I looked forward to all year!
And somehow this is the week for them to spill everything – candle wax all over the floor, an entire glass of milk at a friend’s house, and entire glass of milk at our house. And I KNOW, it’s just milk, for crying out loud. But somehow milk is not my friend this week. Let’s stick with solids from now on. But then solids crumble in a million pieces, so what’s worse? And then Zoe came running to me this morning telling me Olivia is playing in the toilet with her hands. And Zoe’s been having allergies, which swell her sinuses, which make her semi-deaf to where I feel like I either repeat myself a hundred times to answer her question or else talk LOUD just so she can hear.
I told my husband last night that I think I should just come to expect catastrophes all day with children. Then I won’t be so worked up when it seems like that’s all that happens…
We haven’t had a busy schedule. In fact, I told a friend this week that I’ve been “hermit-ing” after all the busyness of the past few months. So there is really no explanation for a week that feels a bit over the top…
I’ve thought so often of a quote I read on this site several weeks ago. When I read it, it hit me in the depths of my heart and I felt like God was speaking Truth to my heart. Truth that I have had a hard time accepting before this, perhaps. This is the quote:
“I don’t know if most women have given themselves totally to motherhood,
understanding that it will take their all –
their time, body, life, moments, rights, everything really,
to build a godly legacy.
It seems they think their children are “taking up their time”
without realizing that God gave them children in order to provide them
with an eternal work to do –
that it is their best way to influence eternity,
that it is the most strategic work of their lives and will outlive them.”
Giving myself totally to motherhood…
Understanding that it will take my all…
I want well-behaved children that are always obedient and never play in toilets and spill candle wax or milk and that play nicely together all the time and that don’t get allergies and are essentially deaf for several weeks a year because of it and that don’t unravel toilet paper for miles and where a potty-trained girl doesn’t still pee herself and another little girl doesn’t eat catfood every chance she gets and where she doesn’t tear pages out of books…
But is that really the full extent of what I want? Is that all? Well behaved children? Is that the epitomy of life?
Elizabeth wrote a beautiful post about children, about what is really important. And it blessed my heart beyond words. It’s worth your time to go read and comment!
And a quote I heard while listening to a sermon from Eric Ludy yesterday while knitting…
“Dependence [upon God] proves it is GRACE that truly saves.”
Because being a mother has made me feel weaker than I ever have in my entire life.
Never have I felt such utter dependence upon God. As in, I will not make it if God doesn’t come through. As in, I can’t do this on my own.
Never have I felt like my own sin shows so blaringly clear.
Never have I felt like I fail so much.
Never have I had to ask for forgiveness so often.
Never have I needed God so much.
And really, I think this is right where God wants me. Where I am desperate for Him. Where He is my life-line, and nothing else comes close to Him. It’s a hard, helpless place to be. And yet somehow I’m believing [or to be perfectly honest, WANT to believe] that it’s a good place to be.
In our weakness, that is when God is strong. Because then God is glorified, not our perfect mothering…
Audrey also wrote a beautiful post about this…
I really wasn’t intending to go into all that, but this has been OnE oF tHoSe WeEkS and my heart is full…
But I feel His Spirit breathing Life into my heart, giving me Grace. And Love in the midst of the mini-catastrophes.
And that is all that I need.
Him. Just Him.
And on to what I was originally posting about! How these women can think about many things at once…
Quite a few people have asked me about the tissue paper balls, after seeing them on my dining room post.
I work best when seeing things visually, so what follows is a tutorial on making tissue paper balls.
By doing this, I very humbly acknowledge that this is in NO way original to me. This goes way back, probably to my grandparents’ era or older, so I am only passing along information that I learned elsewhere.
When people have asked about how to make the balls, the second question I almost always get is “Is it hard to make them?”
Let me answer that question right off the bat and say that these are so super easy and FUN to make. There are unlimited styles and colors and sizes you can make. I’ve love to see some of your projects!
This girl has made a lot of flowers with the same idea, that are just gorgeous.
And I came across another site one day with some cool ideas as well but can’t find it today. Big help that is, I know…
I love this, because you can use your imagination and just create away!
Since I work best with pictures, I’ll show the steps with pictures to show my description.
#1. Choose a pack of tissue paper that you like, in your preferred color.
#2. Take a stack of about 10 sheets.
[if it’s square, make it rectangular shaped; square will not work]
Fold, beginning on the shortest side, accordian-style, in about 1-2″ folds, until the entire stack is folded.
#3. Secure in the middle with a thin wire.
This is what you’ll have.
#4. Trim the ends into a round shape or a > shape.
#5. Beginning on one end, separate each paper from the stack, like so:
Continue to separate each paper, pulling very gently so it won’t tear.
If you want a flower, end here.
If you want a ball, keep doing the same thing on the other side, and you’ll have this:
Super super easy, and it doesn’t take long at all!
The larger your sheets of tissue paper, the larger your ball. And vice versa.
Combine several different sizes like this:
or different colors and sizes like this:
And put large flowers in groupings on your wall,
or hang them from the ceiling (which I’m very extremely doing all over my house)
in your nursery.
And that’s it!
I’d love to see what you’ve done! Leave me a little linky so I can see your project!