It’s important to me that my birdies enjoy the process of creating something as much–or perhaps even more–than the end result. This is such a great life lesson that can be applied to almost anything. Slow down, enjoy the process, be here now. This is easier said than done, but having children underfoot helps to keep this in perspective. It also helps that we do a lot of messy things and I don’t shy away from creating messes wherever I go. Chris could easily vouch for that one…

I’ve also been seeking out opportunities to show the birdies the process of making other kinds of things and Wren absolutely loves this: from the peanut (butter) grinder to the coffee bean grinder to the homemade marshmallows we made this summer. Some might ask “why?” because you can just buy marshmallows, peanut butter and coffee and be done with the shopping trip and moving on to other things. Process.


If you’re wondering what this process was all about, it’s marbling using shaving cream and paint. And it is SO fun and SO easy to focus on the process of creativity. You can read more about it over on The Artful Parent.


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    • Thank you so very much for your kind words. They are so humbling in the face of what life’s journey has brought you. I am thinking of you and sending lots of love and strength.

  1. Very fun! I did this with Elisabeth a few years ago. Seeing these pictures makes me think I ought to do it again with both girls. I agree with you, too, on the whole process mindset. It is hard at times, but important. Did you ever look into that book I told you about? Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children – I think you would really enjoy it.

    • I have the book in my purse! I just ordered it, but haven’t opened it yet. Is it ironic that it is already covered in sand and apple juice, and a few coffee stains?

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