My words are few. Just prayers. So many prayers. Prayers for tiny fingers that were meant to be wrapped around a mama’s, and in so doing, to feel love and care.
Loving sometimes means being cared for by another until the one who grew you in her drug-filled womb can get the help she needs. And you. You wait, wrapped in the warmth of a foster mama’s touch. Learning another mother’s heartbeat. Kindest of strangers, who brought you to her arms.
Just days old. Days.
And this busted-up world brings you this:
Tiny One, your hope-story is as fresh as your newborn scent. You are a beginning, and hope stretches down like a temporary mother’s fingers and embraces long, a grip of love.
Covering you in prayer, Tiny One.
Prayer and tears.
I hate messes. And yet I’m daily surrounded by this stumbling grace of books, LEGO bricks, and dog hair. So to add another chosen mess to the lot is a bit of a challenge for me.
But I love my littles more than I hate messes so I decided to delve into sensory play to stimulate their ever-growing minds. I bought two bags of split peas and poured them into a casserole dish with spoons, plastic bowls, and a Playmobil horse (random, I know). My five-year-old loved it and kept most of the peas in the dish. The two-year-old loved it too….but the peas hit the floor and table faster than you can say toddler!
After about 20 minutes they tired of the peas and we moved onto messier things.
This one was simple. I used a large stainless steel bowl and filled it with about three inches of water, a couple of cups, and a small boat. My two-year-old loves to play in water–usually, without my permission–so this was a huge success with her (she’ll be a chemist one day for all the mixing and pouring she does).
This started out on the table but for some reason (I honestly can’t remember why) moved to the kitchen sink. I rotated cold and warm water and they enjoyed playing so much!
Honestly, my toddler must have been confused at why mama was suddenly allowing what she’d so often dreamt of doing. Adults can be so confusing!
There are so many great ideas out there for sensory play. Start with something simple that you can manage and go from there.
For more ideas check out my Pinterest here. Happy playing!
NOTE*** Use caution when allowing littles to play with peas and water. I supervised mine the entire time and recommend the same.
Happy day-after-Valentine’s! It was a lovely day here. My Love, whom I’ve now spent 17 V-days with, surprised me with this darling “card” on our bathroom mirror.
He’s so kissable.
It was a beautiful start to a beautiful day. I set my alarm (unheard of) and woke to make scones with homemade lemon curd, and smoothies. So fun to surprise my Lovies.
Later that day we made chocolate-covered fruit kebabs. Heaven help! They were divine. The children assembled them and I assisted in drizzling the hot almond bark. YUMMY!
For dinner we were all pleasantly surprised by a new recipe I concocted after finding some inspiration online: Alfredo sauce made with cauliflower! For realz. It’s super amazing and I’ll never do Heart-Attack-On-A-Plate Alfredo Sauce again. Mama’s learned a new way!
Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
3 heads of Cauliflower cut up
4 Cups Broth (veg. or chicken)
3 cloves Garlic
1 stick of butter
1/4 cup heavy Cream
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
Melt butter in cast iron skillet. Sauté garlic. Add cauliflower to skillet and sauté. Pour broth into a pot. Add cauliflower and garlic. Cook on medium 15 minutes (the softer, the creamier). Mine was super-soft after 15 minutes. Now transfer your mixture to a blender (I used my VitaMix and needed to do it in batches) add salt, pepper, nutmeg. Blend till smooth. Transfer to cast iron and add cream and parmesan heat on low/medium. Serve on fettucini noodles and enjoy!
It’s pretty much magic.