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create (a life): spring cleaning

Sometimes the stars align in my world and this happens...

For awhile there was a vendetta against naps in my household, as I shared here,  and I was getting nervous that our littlest resident might take up arms in the revolution. Alas, a certain little girl has become content once more to "take a rest." A few things have seemed to help: increasing our time out-doors, moving "rest-time" much later (to 2 or 3pm), and lastly for there to be no expectation of sleep. She'll get that foot stomping if sleep is mentioned, however laying down to "take a rest," with its prelude of books and snuggles, is accepted quite graciously. I am happy to coin whatever phrase needed to get some special Mama time to...

 -rearrange some flowers-

 -paint a few final coats of paint-

 -hang some artwork-

-finish a dress-

I rest through creating. And I'm learning that parents need a rest as much as their children do, even if little girls don't want to readily admit it (wink).

Cassidy Sevier

Cassidy used to teach in the city, now she homeschools three active kids in the woods. She spends her days reading aloud, crafting, getting lost in nature, and refilling her teapot. Her best parenting advice: You should never give kids more water or glitter than you're willing to clean up! Read more about their learning adventures at Freshly


  1. Rest time... now that is magical! Especially when you can get so many creative projects done!

    1. Only one actually got "done," but I was able to work a little bit on each which seems to be how I function best these days anyways (smile).

  2. Oh, I so empathize with you! My youngest lovie, now a year old, has never ever been a napper since the day she was born! I have never had a child that didn't at least nap as a baby! So, just imagine how much this mama needs "rest time"! lol!

    One thing I have been doing (trying to, at least) is making my personal creativity time more of a priority. I usually look at it as "extra" time, or "me" time, in other words, something I can only treat myself to when everything else is "done".

    What I've noticed is what you stated... "I rest through creating." because anyone who knows me, even a little bit, knows that I don't know how to "relax". But when I give the baby over to Papa, and I plug in my hot glue gun, or break out the sewing kit, I do feel more "rested", and certainly much happier. :)

    Thank you so much for sharing your perspective and for participating in {Magic of the Mundane}!

    1. Aw, thank you Sofia! And it's still a work-in-progress to choose the creative over the everyday, but it makes me a happier Mama too.


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