The Sands of Mommy Time...

To every thing there is a season, 
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

"Then what is good? The obsessive interest in human affairs, plus a certain amount of compassion and moral conviction, that first made the experience of living something that must be translated into pigment or music or bodily movement or poetry or prose or anything that's dynamic and expressive--that's what's good for you if you're at all serious in your aims. William Saroyan wrote a great play on this theme, that purity of heart is the one success worth having. "In the time of your life--live!" That time is short and it doesn't return again. It is slipping away while I write this and while you read it, the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition."
                                                                                                                                                                                                   — Tennessee Williams

Do you ever wonder if pursuing art and pursuing your children are mutually exclusive?  It sometimes feels like trying to think creatively is impossible in a house full of babes.  It sometimes feels like the the need to create hinders the needs of nurture.  It must be possible to have both, but the balance is so difficult to find...everyone from every side is screaming to not miss a live in the capture every fleeting second...but some are bound to be lost when you blink.  How can one breathe in every moment when you can't even breathe?   How is it possible to love fully and also create fully?  Career vs. family.  Needs vs. Time.  How do you fight the battle of balance?

Funny, you can hold it in your hand,
And never knew 'cause you're afraid to play  
And you can feel your dreams softly slipping through your fingers  
Till they're so far away

Sitting there surrounded by your many life's possessions 
Feeling so much more than all the load  
You realized you've learned one more of living's many lessons 
Love's worth more than all you'll ever own
Songwriters: Robert Morrison;Fred Aylor Mac Rae


Oh yes...I struggle with this so often. I'm a creative and crafty person by nature so it has been hard to juggle that with motherhood. Now that my boys are three, they want to help a lot so I'm trying to think of ways to integrate them into my crafts. I love that they want to help me and participate in the things I'm doing, but it does pose a challenge depending on the project. Toddlers and hot glue/staple guns don't mix! LOL :) Found your blog through my friend Beth at Unskinny Boppy! :)
First, I love the pictures. You do such a wonderful job of incorporating your children into your art. It is a hard balance. I feel as though we need that pursuit. One that shows us we are still functioning adults with interests of our own. Balance is key but within that balance is time for you and your interests.
Shanda said…
My children are older and I still struggle. One left last week and the other is 17 and home but I still have ministry and my home and feel so many ties. I often wish I had nothing but my art for a time but it never seems to happen.
Anonymous said…
I know this is an older post, but I can so relate that I wanted to comment! I really struggle with this issue and have to admit I am not the greatest at being patient with my children when I am in project-mode. I just started a flea market booth with my mom this past weekend and it was definitely a crazy time for me making things, pricing things and what-not! It is one of the toughest things with parenthood- the balancing act of nurturing your kids and taking care of your own wants/needs! Thanks for sharing!



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