This week has been an odd one. So flowing and easy to begin with, and emotionally tricky and exhausting towards the end. I always thought the things I read about the seventh birthday and children reacting strongly to feeling that they are leaving the safety of childhood were, well, nonsense. In spite of me saying nothing at all of the sort, Jenna has been showing an un-looked-for leap in maturity and a corresponding emotional reaction. She destroyed something she was working on because it wasn't perfect, and has been asking for a lot of reassurance recently that she doesn't have to be "big" any time soon. I am planning some special celebrations just for her, comforting and wrapping her in my love, helping her feel her way through the changes she is obviously feeling.
Towards the end of this week, I was feeling basically that I was getting everything wrong! The weekend has already been such a needed respite. It's the little things, always, that lift me.
Rowan's cheeky smiles on a *particularly* early morning.
The house still in darkness, yet there is always so much joy here in the ordinary.
Ack, this baby! I keep telling myself I don't get to be broody with this little sunshine in my life. ;)
Jenna telling her sisters The Three Billy Goats Gruff. *heart*
Loving sibling playtimes. They are much more in harmony with each other this weekend!
Books to be devoured, taking me to all kinds of interesting places.
A bit of watercolour painting time for mama...
New baby knitting. And no, not for us! Before my mother asks. ;)
And food on the go. A vegan sugar free wheat free date and banana cake which the children loved and I found (ironically) too sweet. And a tray of about-to-be oven roast veg for two meals later in the week. I am not feeling totally gracious about the housework today, or totally flowing and calm with the little people, but I can get on board with the food preparations. I am one of life's crisis-bakers.
No matter how hard the week has been, there is SO MUCH to be grateful for. And I am, oh I am. Tired, ready for any personal space I can steal for myself, but so so grateful for this family, this home, this life, the love that surrounds me.