Lots of General Blogging Chit Chat (set in the month of March)

The cycles and routines of life always continue, even in my absence to record them. It’s a really good thing I don’t blog professionally, nor do I make any sort of money writing whatsoever. But, I am happy to be here, now, typing up the adventures of our little family and recording the daily moments of joy and happiness, as well as the trials we must all face.

We all jumped into March and it seemed like only yesterday that we did so, but it’s already the twenty-second (isn’t that the way spring goes?)! I’ve been getting back into my planner and organizing my days, the housework, the meals, the money, etc. It’s like my brain is on a piece of paper.

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Saint Peg Doll Swap…

In addition to organizing life, I’ve been helping to organize some fun stuff with my mom’s group too! We are hosting a saint peg doll exchange (thanks to Amy for inspiring me!) and I’m doing Saint Paul the Apostle, so that’s very exciting! We won’t have the exchange until May (which I kind of need to start organizing) but we’ve ordered all of the dolls (fifteen people, fifteen dolls for each person) and sent out instructions.. I totally had thirteen dolls left over after I sorted the bags, so I really need to see if it was I or the factory who messed up the count, but I do hope no one is missing any dolls, although it is local, so not the end of the world if that is the case. I’m so excited about this event and it seems like everyone else is too. I’ve already met a bunch of new moms!

Getting social…

I’m also hosting my very first big play group (I’ve only done play dates with one friend for Eliot at a time) at the end of the month and definitely feel intimidated, but quite enthusiastic. I sort of just threw it out there in my mom’s group that I don’t have easy transportation but love hanging out, so a bunch of lovely moms responded and said they are coming with their kiddos! Aggh, scary! But, also, how exciting is it that right there, within the church, we have all of that wonderful community to walk this life and grow with as we live out our vocations? Anybody have any play date advice for me? I was thinking about keeping it simple and making a big batch of pancakes and having fruit since its a morning play date. It will be interesting to see how Eliot does in the sharing department. We’ve been working so hard with him on that one, because he really does want to share and is eager to please, but has become quite aware of the material world lately, and you can tell it’s difficult for him to see one of his beloved stuffed animals in the hands of a friend. We have this cute little devotional book that I try to read to him when he’s in the bath and we always focus on the one about sharing.

Community and the blessing of Church…

Speaking of wonderful community, I’ve gotten three separate batches of maternity wear, even nicer than I would buy for myself through the mom’s ministry at my church, and these are women that I barely know! I feel so blessed by their generosity, charity, and kindness. I’ve also received an entire box of little girl clothes for this little baby, and it’s been so fun dividing up the big dresser in Eliot’s room and sorting through them. I can’t believe I’m already six months and we don’t have long to wait before she arrives! I still barely feel pregnant most days. I was texting my sister and telling her how excited I was to have a little girl to put in dresses and such, and then I realized that my son, now twenty-two months, rarely wears any clothes. He’s always in a diaper (if even) and covered in sand. But one of my absolute favorite mom bloggers, Blythe, always lets her children be free in the clothing department (kids are kids) and is a big advocate of that, so she makes me feel more at ease! (I remember when someone left a nasty comment about her kids and she was so graceful about it, and so nonchalant that I realized right then that she’s one of my role models). Keep on keeping on, Blythe!

Edel!

And even MORE on mothers and community, I’m sad that I can’t make Edel this year (where all the cool peopleĀ and blogging friends meet to be awesome Catholics together and have a retreat.) simply due to budgetary reasons. NOT because I will have a one month old with me. Daniel and I were seriously considering it this year (and I totally got permission from the most protective papa bear ever) because it’s in Austin, and we could road trip! The guys could have a nice little out of town adventure exploring the city while I partied it up with the babe, but, alas, maybe in a future year! (As long as it doesn’t coincide with ACTUAL births.) But you should go! And meet my super cool blogging friend, JEN! She wants to meet new people and gets to go, and I’m so happy for her!

Nesting, crafting, gardening, and more nesting…

Jen is also doing a crochet-a-long with me this month, where we are crocheting the same pattern of granny square to make blankets and such. It’s been so fun to chat with her via text as we manage to make squares even in the midst of busy motherhood. I’m definitely a crafter-for-the-sake-of-sanity kind of person. Just today, I tried my hand at dying fabric! I’m hoping to make the baby some swaddles out of this cute cotton gauze material, and I gave purple a go today. I didn’t ruin my sink, either! šŸ˜‰

My container garden is really taking off, especially with the help of a certain almost two year old who loves to water my seedlings. I’ve got Lettuce, Zinnias, and Basil sprouting from seed, and a few herbs that I bought already started which have taken off. I also went nuts the other day and dug a tiny flower bed hedge in my courtyard and threw down some Sunflower seeds and more Zinnia seeds, so hopefully we will get some color this summer! Daniel is going to build some raised beds in our backyard, if the neighbor’s dog ever stops jumping our fence and hanging out back there… We’re hoping to have a fall vegetable garden back there and wanted to build the boxes before baby girl gets here this summer. He’s also going to build a little compost box for me so I can start messing with that before then. What can I say, I bought the man a saw for his birthday last month. We are both nesting like crazy. I really love that my husband nests right along side me every time we are expecting. We’re always a team, and I love that.

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Dying stuff

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The neighbor’s dog, in our backyard, for the upteenth time.

RCIA and church ministry…

There are about half a dozen other nesty sorts of plans in my head right now, but I always tend to overblog about projects, so I’ll leave that for another post, next time. RCIA is almost finished up as we near Easter, and I’m really excited! We’ve been going through a lot of rites at the church and had our first scrutiny, last Sunday, and it’s so neat to see all of this from the perspective of a Catholic Sponsor. I was overwhelmed when I went through it as a candidate, so it’s nice to take it slow. I do wish it was easier to be a sponsor as a mother, but I think I’m learning that itty bitty babies may not be the best time to be in that specific ministry, so Daniel and I are talking about him as a sponsor next time. The church is in desperate need of them! He’s sacrificed a lot so that we could serve the church in this way too, and just gave up choir for the cause. Practice and Sunday obligations were conflicting with the RCIA schedule and Eliot was being passed back and forth between us for a while, which just wasn’t doing the choir, or the RCIA group too much good. But he’s making the best of it and even told me today that he’s looking forward to hanging out with the boy tonight while I attend the meeting. I’m so lucky to have this guy as my teammate!

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