Monday, April 7, 2014

Growing Kit Favors

As I planned Eliza's party, I knew I wanted to do something a bit different for her party favors. When
I came up with this Growing Kit idea, step one was immediately calling my sister to make sure kids weren't going to hate me for not giving them plastic toys or candy. It was a legitimate concern- will they get home, excitedly open their bags and then tell their Mom that this is the lamest ever? Sister assured me that this wouldn't happen and honestly, I didn't really care anyway. Eliza is our sunshine girl and this just fit as a little "thank you" for being part of our lives and celebrating her with us.
 As I cut out rectangles of recycled brown packaging paper to make seed pouches, it  felt so her. She has brought so much sunshine into our lives. Countless times, I've said that she's like a little light for me on hard days.
 After I stamped "seeds" on the paper, I stapled them into little pouches, dropped in a few seeds and stapled them shut.
 I filled little bags with good sprouting soil and then I typed up some directions for growing the flowers.
 The bag of dirt, the pouch of seeds and some instructions were placed inside of these little pots.
They were wrapped in simple paper bags, that I stamped and tied with a ribbon. 
Over the last few years, I feel like I've been totally set free when it comes to party planning. I feel no pressure to do a certain thing, to make it really big or even pressure to keep it small. I feel like I'm finally free to do what works for my family and to not try and keep up in some Mom competition. 

Personally, I believe that no matter what we're doing, we need to be doing it with joy and if we aren't, then maybe we shouldn't be doing it. If there's a Mom who likes throwing big ellaborate parties and it truly makes her happy, then I think by all means she should go crazy. But, if there's a Mom who throws big parties, just because she feels like that's the "thing" to do, then she's got it all wrong. I know that some people truly like to go all out and it makes them so happy. I love that. Go all out, girl. And then I know some Moms who complain, complain, complain, while trying to keep up. If you're complaining while you're doing something, then why are you doing it? 

It's not what we do, but why we do it, yes?  It's not that we're better Moms if we always go small or we're better Moms if we always go big. It's our "why" and our attitude while we're doing it.

I sat down just to do a simple post about Eliza's favors and then I ended up preaching on the "why we do what we do". Um yeah, sorry--but really not sorry. I think this is so important. Did you know I saw a comment on some fancy Instagram photo recently, where the gal said she knew she wasn't going to be a good Mom like so and so, because she couldn't craft like her? I mean, for real? People! Get set free from that. None of this Mothering stuff is a competition. I have nothing else to say. 
You are awesome no matter what.
Happy Monday, friends.

1 comment:

  1. I really like this...just read this morning "community is not a place where we dazzle others with our gifts....but a place where we give and receive new life" thank you for sharing this!

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