Monday, May 13, 2013

Even If You Didn't Give Birth

It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'

Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

Some days I'm a crystal ball; 'Where's my other sock?, Where's my phone?, What's for dinner?'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe . I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: 1) No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names. 2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. 3) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. 4) The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was Almost as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does.

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he'd say, 'You're gonna love it there...'

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.-Author unknown
 Even if you've never given "birth"
Even if you aren't married
No matter your age
If you have made a difference in the life of a child, a teen, a young man or young woman
I say
Happy Mother's Day to YOU!!
Because it takes a LOT more than giving birth to be a MOTHER
  (Mother, my brother and me-Mexican passport photo) 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Do It Yourself {DIY Subway Dresser}

I've been putting this project off for a looooong time.
I've had the stencils cut out, the paint all mixed up and the dresser ready to go. 
I just didn't feel like doing it.
You ever have one of those....years?

A little background on this dresser. This was a Goodwill find. 10 years ago. 
It started out as a little girl's dresser. The type one would find at Sears. It had a laminate top and seashells on the front drawers. 
My hubby went to work on it and removed the seashells and stripped the top of the laminate. 
I painted it in a distressed pattern and used it as a changing table. 

Then, when we moved into this house, I painted it again with a horrible brown paint. 
I've hated it ever since but have been too lazy to do anything with it.


 {you can barely see it here^^}

My little guy has a thing for planes. WWII planes to be exact. 
I thought of doing a subway type design on the front of the dresser to go along with a plane theme.
And here it is!

 I love it!

My little guy loves it!
And it only took a year. HA!
Well, not exactly. I polished it off in one Saturday. I cut out the stencils with my Cricut and mixed my own chalk paint.
I then stenciled on the names of the major world airports with Old Ochre chalk paint by Annie Sloan.
The drawer pulls were already bought. Except I couldn't find two! Aggh.

I am planning on painting a huge WWII bomber plane on a giant canvas I bought and hanging it over the dresser.
I hope you enjoyed reading this update.
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Have a great week!
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