Apr 14 2014

monthly prompt: rain

**I am a part of a small blogger collective consisting of other mom bloggers and each month we are given a word “prompt” to write about.  This months prompt is “rain””**

If you are from the Pacific Northwest, the scenario I’m about to tell you will be familiar.  At the end of February, it looked like Spring was about to arrive.  We had some really beautiful days and it seemed like maybe winter would be over early.  Then on March 1st, we got a giant dump of snow.  Everyone despaired.  It seems to happen every year like this, and every year we seem to forget the outcome.  While to some the snow looked really beautiful, it was also March 1st and we were done with winter (meanwhile, everywhere else in Canada was still waist deep in snow, and we really had nothing to complain about).  Then as per usual, a few days after the snowfall it started raining. The days turned grey and the ground turned a mushy brown.  Any snow that was left over was patchy and discoloured.  Everything looked dismal.

At the same time that this was happening, Lucy had just come home from the hospital from her heart surgery.  We had just pulled out her NG tube and were doing a rapid wean to get her back to eating orally.  We were so excited that the hurdle of heart surgery was out of the way and that the feeding tube was out.  Things looked rosy at first.  But if you are familiar with any kind of recovery (especially with babies) you’ll know that there’s a motto: “one step forward, two steps back”.  I remember one particular day when she had been eating fairly miserably, I looked out the window at the grey mush that was our backyard and thought about how miserable things felt.  A phrase kept popping in my head though:

“Sometimes things have to get ugly before they can be made beautiful.”

We know that here in the PNW when we get a snowfall there will inevitably be that gross period of cold rain and mud.  We also know that in order to get the beautiful spring and summer that we love so much, that has to happen.  Never have we woken up one day after a snowfall to see that the snow is all gone, the ground is dry and it’s warm and sunny outside.

“Sometimes things have to get ugly before they can be made beautiful.”

Sometimes the rain has to come, to clear away the last vestiges of winter and make way for spring.

I’m pretty sure this phrase can apply to a lot of scenarios.  For us, it meant that we had to be prepared for Lucy’s eating to be bad in order for her to learn how to get better.

We had pretty miserable days (or weeks?) with weaning Lucy off of the feeding tube.  After all, she had spend more than half her life getting fed that way, so we were working against a lot.  We knew that she had to figure it out on her own though, and that meant having miserable days of her screaming constantly because she was hungry and just didn’t understand what it meant.  It was ugly.

Today though, she is over one month tube free and after months of miserable feeding, we are now on a normal schedule and our lives aren’t completely dictated by when/how well she eats.

Oh, and guess what?  Spring arrived.  Just like it always does every year, and it’s be-a-utiful!


“Rain” is the April writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Katie of Hello, Little Bean. A few words from Katie — Hi! I’m Katie and I write a blog called ‘Hello, Little Bean.’ It’s about life as a new mom to my cute daughter, Lark Story. I’m California born and raised, but currently live in Michigan with my soon-to-be husband, James and my soon-to-be stepson, Brennan, as well as our little Lark and two kitties. I’m a full-time graphic designer who loves all things artistic and creative. I’m overly sensitive and sentimental, sarcastic and foul-mouthed at times, a foodie and a reality tv junkie who’s completely and utterly in love with motherhood. You can also find me on instagram, facebook, pinterest and our little online boutique, Bold Threads.

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Christina, Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///


Apr 8 2012

…to the easter parade…

Okay, okay…so there’s no Easter Parade…and I’m not wearing a bonnet…and there’s no sonnet being written…(but I really wanted to quote something from Bing Crosby’s Easter Parade song.) BUT…it is Easter, and I made this dress especially for today (although I will be wearing it a lot this summer, I’m sure).
This is probably the most success I’ve had with sewing without a pattern. I reeaaaallly spent my time on this one. I did all french seams, the dress is fully lined and the hem is the nicest hem I have *ever* done (and it should be…it took me 4 hours!)
I drew up the dress about a month and a half ago and finished it within probably 2 weeks (although the total hours in the dress are more like 16 from drawing it to final press).
This weekend has been GLORIOUS weather. We have had the latest most miserable spring so far…and then this weekend it all changed. Things are only starting to bloom now. Yesterday we spent all day outside and today took a little stroll down by the library where they have planted a ton of beautiful cherry blossom trees. I feel giddy just looking outside. It’s amazing.


Mar 14 2012


…I think I want the rain to come back.

The weather this week just keeps getting crummier.


Mar 12 2012

something for a rainy day.

Today Dave encouraged me to work on my blog books, something that got put on the back burner last summer and has been taunting me ever since. I am in the middle of putting together photos and blog posts from Spring 2009…and I came across this picture. (It seems I always happen upon this picture around the same time each year.) It’s almost exactly 3 years ago that this was taken. We were at the 6 month mark of our 10 month world-travellers-extraordinaire-trip. This was on the Red Sea, on a scuba-diving excursion. It was warm. And beautiful. I had a tan for the first (and probably last) time of my life. We had no jobs. No worries. No cell phones. Just a suitcase and dreams.
Hmmm. Maybe looking at pretty sunny happy pictures was a bad idea.
I think I’m ready for this grey/rainy/windy/cold weather to go away. Like…right now.


Feb 22 2011

day 156: hipsta tuesday {i feel it}

It may have just snowed…but spring is near. I can feel it. (“I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes…”. Name that movie!)