Mindful Mumma

Just for today I ignored the uni books and decided to be mindful only of motherhood. Things have been somewhat hectic in our house this year, and we are all feeling it a bit. So today I just needed to be in mummy mode. I cannot tell you how good it felt to do things around our home to make this week a bit more relaxing for our whole family. Things that are usually just done in auto pilot, were quite therapeutic for me today. Hanging washing out and putting the boys clothes away instead of leaving their “put away pile” for them after school made me smile. Grocery shopping so they have healthy, delicious food felt great. Cleaning the floors that were still showing the signs of Asher’s party, cleaning the toilet that is messy because I live with boys, tidying up the evidence of how much fun our kids have, planting some more herbs in our garden – it all felt great. The pile of uni books beside me tempt me, but today, I resist. Because today, I just had to get back to what it’s all about for me – being a mum is my greatest passion and joy. But there was a reason for this mindfulness.

It was so very deliberate.

Today was to be the due date for the little one we lost last October. I felt I needed to relfect on how blessed we are; to come back to the basics of what it means to care for, nurture, provide for and nourish our children. No doubt when they come home and see a sparkling clean house they won’t notice. But that’s okay.

A bit more about the gardening I did today: The boys gave me an oregano plant as part of my Mother’s Day gift, so today I went and got a Thyme plant to pop beside it in the garden, to remember ALL of our children. I also got an indoor plant. Plants seemed a fitting way to commemorate this day – because even though we never got to hold this one, we are changed. We have grown. We are so much more aware of the joys, because pain changed us. So something that is living and thriving seemed to me, the right way to honour our little one.

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A-Z of Gratitude: K is for Keen Kids

Sometimes you are struck with the realization that your children have arrived at yet another stage. Yesterday, we spent a few hours outside enjoying some glorious wintery sunshine. We decided to give our neglected veggie patch some much needed attention. In the past, the lads have lost interest as fast as you can say “pull those weeds please.” Things have changed. They were keen! Isaac spent close to an hour using a mattock to turn the garden beds over, while Asher helped with some weeding, before finding rocks to smash and grubs to play with. While he didn’t work up a sweat like his brother, we were still thrilled that the garden held his attention for such a lengthy time.

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We have a stash of old pallets behind the garden shed, so used some of these for new garden beds. The lads will have one of their own to grow their choice of veggies. It will be their responsibility to tend to their patch, and they will enjoy the fruits of their labour at harvest time if all goes well!
It’s very important to us that our children appreciate the food we eat. Growing your own is a sure way to increase gratitude and respect for the process and the produce.

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