"Baby, you are my sunny afternoon, you sprinkle magic in my heart." – Tulsi, age 5 It's 5:08 AM and has been over a year since I last wrote in this space. Much can happen in a year, like a 4 year old (now 5) blowing my mind nearly every day with the ways she [...]
Last year at this time, I was standing at a journey's beginning, taking deep breath after deep breath, and contending with doubts, "Can I do this? Can I uphold the integrity of the oracle so beautifully brought to life by the authors? I can think of several other mama artists who could do this better. [...]
Last week I came upon The M.A.P.P. Gathering, an incredible, growing ocean of mamas, coming together to relate and share, encourage and ignite each others' flames. The Gathering is a series of interviews with some amazing, wise, gentle, BRIGHT soul-mamas who are all wholly passionate about their mothering AND their "work": Brene Brown, PhD, Jennifer [...]
A couple days ago, Tulsi pulled a piece of paper and a few new markers out of her "Christmas Calendar" we made together (more on this soon), and the note read, "You are an artist. Your art makes people smile. Make a picture for Nama and Tapas and mail it to them." She was SUPER [...]
This is a collaboration Tulsi and I did together although I only made the left eye and mouth. She is in a phase of wanting me to paint or draw with her. She knows the word "collaboration". Ha. So I play, too, but I try not to screw up anything she has done so effortlessly. [...]
So we made a mask and she sat in front of a mirror on the floor holding it up, yelling, "CAAAAWW, CAAAAAAWWW!" for fifteen minutes. She reminded me how much I love corrugated cardboard and tape.
Tulsi, I never questioned whether we gave you the "right" name or not. I always knew it was perfect. You are a rare and beautiful spirit. I see the Divine every time I look into your eyes and heart! I have treasured every moment of your first 2 years with us, watching who you are [...]
How awesome every single "first" is. Side by side this morning drawing, Tulsi draws her way into her first "fun guy", all by herself, and shouted, "Look, Mama! A fun guy!" She laughed out loud cause it was "fun" to make, too. Don't you wish you could remember your own first "fun guy"?
A friend found this sticker in a store in Boulder, and I had to share it. I'm pretty far from being enlightened, but I do feel enlightened about life in ways I never was before being a mother. Every path has something powerful to teach us, and I am grateful to be walking this one. [...]
Photo above by (I think) Edouard Boubat from Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess through Myth, Art, and Tarot, by Vicki Noble (AWESOME) The past two weeks I've gotten even less sleep than usual, and I've felt more alive. Wild, huh? And I feel really happy, in a different way than my usual giddy-cause-I'm-Tulsi's-mama-kind-of-way. All [...]