Wednesday, August 25

little opportunities along the way...

i've got so many little fun projects going on behind the scenes...
• digital invitations
• party planning
• cute mini desserts...
• an adorable tutorial for a guest blogging post...
• and some fun little surprises mixed in there.

but in the middle of all of that is "life".
• my children started school this week.
• grandparents fly into town today for a 5-day visit
• just finished school supply shopping last night!
• band parent meetings
• clara's 1st high school football game this friday night

• the annual task of signing the EXCESS amount of school paperwork
• housework...(yes...on occasion, i actually do housework). *wink*

admittedly, i'm no expert on "balance".
however, i HAVE found one thing to be vitally important.
i'm MUCH happier when i can involve my kids in the "creative" side of my life.
by doing so, i'm accomplishing two things:
• quality time with my kids
• providing them a glimpse into who i am - beyond my favorite title of "mom".

and so...
over the weekend...
as i made some final preparations for the guest blogging tutorial i mentioned earlier...
ella came along...


of course i can't divulge what we were doing together -
(otherwise you may figure out the secret project i'm up to).
but wow!
it makes my heart so happy to have captured this darling photo of her...
i COULD HAVE rushed right out of the door all by myself...
and finished the task much more quickly.
but i didn't do that.
and i'm so glad i didn't.
taking her along and spending that time together made all the difference.
and that's the point of it all...
isn't it?
enjoying the process....
taking advantage of those little opportunities along the way...
being in the present moment...
i'm definitely a believer in the importance of those things.
but i'm also one who needs to be reminded on occasion too!


Genevieve Le Bel August 25, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

Sitting at the kitchen table with my coffee in hand and my cherished macbook... enjoying your post as I alway do. I absolutely LOVE your blog. You and I are kindred spirits for sure, you alway say what I'm thinking!!! Balance is SO HARD! Just yesterday I included Niko in my baking project, and I was so happy I did. So much messier but priceless! Thanks for putting my thoughts into words. You rock. =)

jess @ pen n' paperflowers August 25, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

Genevieve...your comment made my heart 5 times bigger! *wink* Thank you. I know we all strive to be the best moms we can be and it's so hard to find the balance some times and not lose yourself. Hugs to you!

Renee August 25, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

Jess, this blog post is beautiful. It captures the sentiment of what many of us feel. Your daughter is absolutely precious! 'So glad that you captured that photo. BIG HUGS to you!!

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