I wouldn’t say I’m a spiritual person but I do think that life offers you opportunities just when you need them the most. The busyness of our lives but the monotony of our days was bringing me down a little lately. That was when my friend suggested we take a weekend trip, just us girls, down the coast. 2 nights away.
The promise of warm cups of tea, late morning sleep-ins and slow and peaceful wanderings through tiny local shops. Yes.
But as the weekend got closer I started to get nervous. It has been a long long time since I’d been by myself. What if I didn’t have anything to talk about? What would I even do with myself without having to look after Jack and Sarah? I almost pulled out. Twice.
I would never have imagined I would become this person. Anyone who knew me before I was a mother would never have thought I was a nervous person; doubting my whole self. It seemed my entire identity, or so I thought, was wrapped up in being Jack and Sarah’s mother.
Sometimes it seems like we see other people but never really get the chance to talk. We chat about this and that, but always with one eye on what the children are doing.
Here was my chance to talk, and to listen, and it scared me a little.
But as we sat and made little dolls the stories flowed; late into the night we talked, talked about our lives, our loves, shared those stories that we hold closest to our hearts.
I am a mother but I am also me. I have stories to tell and I feel so very blessed to have people in my life who share their stories with me.
These little people kept us company. They were very simple to make and were a wonderful evening or slow Sunday morning project. Would you like to make some? You’ll need:
- some tall peg people – you can see my full picture tutorial
- scraps of fabric for their clothes
- scraps of felt for the boys’ cloaks – cut a rectangle, glue around the neck and stitch at the front
- unspun wool for hair – just a dab of glue and have fun styling
- fabric glue
- embroidery thread for hair bands
Oh what a wonderful weekend we had.