Saturday, December 29, 2012

Welcome to The Mom in the Arena!



I'd like to introduce you to a new kid in the blogworld... The Mom in the Arena. Well, it's actually Me! But Me in a different form... which you can find over here

I am not completely sure how I can deal with writing two blogs, but one thing I know is that I have been dealing with both sides of my crazy life over the past several years, and I've managed to keep on top of that, not an easy feat! I often feel conflicted about writing about my teen boys and my home life on this blog, so I decided to devote this blog solely to my crafting life, and my other blog to my otherworld antics delving into the world of vulnerability, hope and the return from despair. I hope you will check me out over In The Arena. I also hope you might share a bit of what I do over there should you know of another family who might be dealing with out of control teens, and the mayhem that goes along with that.


x, Val

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Tidbits



Today is 12-12-12, and don't we like the simplicity of dates like these?! Ok, I'm not implying we are simple minded or anything (Lol!), just that our busy days enjoy the simplicity of an easy date like this to remember. It's just effortless, right?! My brother was married on 10-20-90, and my mom on 5-5-05. I can always remember their anniversaries!

I thought I would take a moment out of this noted day to post 12 things I am thankful for. Just a moment in the middle of the hectic for.... 

12 Little Thankful Tidbits....


  1. That the birdies in my garden that I love so much love me too, and come to visit me each day for food, sustenance, and care. In turn, they care for me too, for their beauty and sassiness carry me happily through my day.
  2. That my creative being seems to chug along through times of happy and hard, good and bad, and rough and smooth.
  3. For those that are getting snow in their parts of the country, and post photos on Facebook, so I get a chance to peek in on their stark loveliness. Thank you!
  4. For friends who care deeply for me, and I for them, as we help each other manage our life's ups and downs, and carry each other on days when our own burden is too great to bear.
  5. For the way God provides for me when I don't know which way to turn, and He helps me to navigate the journey ahead.
  6. For those people I don't know well, but trudge ahead blindly as they show me a way to find forgiveness from those by whom I feel wronged.
  7. For the opportunity to share my love of craft with others.
  8. For being able to live in a beautiful part of the world, where the sun shines down on me and warms my spirit.
  9. To share time with my 26 year old cockatiel - my old man birdie - who has many quiet days now, and every so often a day when he's like his old self, whistling and chattering... he is just so sweet and I love him so much!
  10. For family who may not always see eye to eye with my bossy self, but who support me wholeheartedly. I love them dearly!
  11. For tears that fall freely, even when I don't want them to (!), letting me know I am in touch with my heart... so, so good to be in touch with my heart!
  12. And, the most important: I am SO thankful for the rerouting that has happened in my immediate family over the past year. When I look back to where we were one year ago, I see a world filled with despair and pain, and unsure of what to do, or how to manage. Today, we are a renewed family, with two boys who are living life in a whole new, healthy way. We have learned so much over the past year, and have grown greatly!
Oh, and even though I have already listed 12 things, I certainly cannot leave out my sweet Lola-girl! She stands by my side through thick and thin, comforts me when I am down, and knows when I need a break so we can do a run and romp in the yard. I love my Missy Lola!

I hope you will find a moment to be thankful today, and during this season of wonder...

Love to you today, and always!
x, Val



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Just Added: Wooly Ornament Class!



Whew, we are in the thick of things now that the first week of December has spun by! I don't know about you, but I can hardly keep track of what date it actually is... I think I am constantly about 1 week behind! What? it's Dec 8th already? I thought it was the 1st!!!


So, in an effort to do more during the busy holiday season, not less by any means (Lol!) I have added a fun new class for next weekend, Dec 15... a Wooly Ornaments Class. Using scraps from my felted woolies pile, we will cut and paste wool, and stitch them up into the sweetest handmade ornaments you've ever seen! 


Suitable for hanging on the tree, or fashioning into a darling garland, or even adorning a package for a special someone, these sweet ornaments will delight the recipient (even if it's you!) Bring your daughter, or a friend, and spend a few hours in the company of like minded crafting souls, as we stitch and laugh our cares away.... so much fun!


 Call over to Paper Tales to sign up.. 619-222-2510. 
See you next weekend!

x, Val