Sorry for my silence here over the past several days. I was stuck in my own little loop of laundry, dishes, nursing, laundry, dishes, nursing... And, unfortunately, I was feeling remarkably uninspired. By everything.
I even linked to this quote from Karen Maezen Miller's blog:
"Having the good life is simple when you savor the one you have."
So you'd think I'd be content with my life. That I'd find thankfulness and joy in the work of caring for my home and family instead of thinking, "And I went to school for this?" as I folded the umpteenth load of laundry. I didn't want to savor. Maybe I even wanted to wallow. Not a happy sight, let me tell you.
But it's not easy to wallow for long with a four year old (stories! antics! drawings!) and a baby (adorable smiles! sweet baby necks to kiss!) around. When Maia says, "I hurt my brain!" after bumping her head I have to turn my face to hide my smile even as I'm giving her a hug to make her feel better. And I love it when she draws picture after picture of our family (roasting marshmallows around a campfire, having a cherry pie picnic) and calls herself an artist. And how can I wallow when Daphne laughs every single time I kiss her belly when changing her diaper? And just holding her -- she feels so good in my arms. I have a wonderful life. I really do.
This weekend I sat down at the computer and visited some of my favorite blogs. And there were wonderful ideas everywhere I looked! So much to inspire me! Here's an abbreviated list of what caught my fancy: