Archives for January 18, 2013

light at the end of a gray week


I believe it’s been a full week since we’ve seen the sun.

And I think that’s about all I can say.

Okay, maybe I can manage a little more.

You see, Wednesday I was away from home for most of the day.  I arrived home late to an email from a very nice sounding woman named Heather who writes for the homeschooling portion of The Pioneer Woman’s blog.  She wanted to know if she could feature my blog there.  (What????!!!!)  I sent a very calm and collected email back, saying that of course I’d be honored.  What I was really thinking was that someone must be pulling my leg with this one.  But I got a reply from Heather thanking me and saying that the article might go up on Friday.  I still didn’t really believe it.  Evidently Heather worked late Wednesday night, because when I checked in on my computer for the first time late Thursday morning, there was another email from her saying that the article was already live.

The last time I was written about (do you remember the French parenting website thing?) it wasn’t a very pleasant experience and I felt terribly misunderstood.  It’s no fun being portrayed as the “perfect” mom whom everyone loves to hate, living the “perfect” life.  The reality is that I am knee deep raising six kids wondering if any of them will grow up to be socially acceptable.  It’s terrifying sometimes.  So I was nervous about this Pioneer Woman article, actually really nervous.  I didn’t need to worry though.  Heather wrote an entirely wonderful and humbling post about Small Things.  In the words of one of you on my Facebook page, ” I thought it beautifully represented your site.”  I quickly emailed Heather and thanked her because she had clearly spent enough time here that she came away with an understanding of me and what I attempt to do here on my blog.  Then I got in touch with my web hosting company because all the traffic was making my blog crash!  Thankfully they were able to do get it loading properly again by some web magic.

So, If you are new here thank you so much for visiting.  I am waving at you with a very shy but enthusiastic, “Hello!”  I am so glad you are here.

Back to our gray week:

It’s all a bit of a blur, but according to my photographs the girls made homemade stamps.  I drew little grids on cardstock for them to illustrate and then we cut them out with those special curvy edge scissors (I can never think of the right term for things.)  I also printed up some free birdies to cut out and make stamps out of.  We tweaked the stamp glue recipe we’ve used in the past because we didn’t have any corn syrup.

Stamp Glue:

1 packet gelatin

2 Tbsp boiling water

2 Tbsp cool water

1/2 tsp honey

1/2 tsp almond, vanilla, or mint extract (whatever you’ve got.)

Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, then add cool water, honey and flavoring.

Brush the glue on the back of your stamps.  Once it dries you’re ready to lick and stick.  The gelatin will firm up after a little while but heating it up will liquify it again.


Last night, we were supposed to get some snow.  I went for a walk hoping to catch the first flakes as darkness fell.  The snow didn’t come though, it was all rain and mud.  We were all hoping so much for even just an inch.  Maybe next time. Today we are supposed to have sun.