There have been so many times as a parent that I wonder if I am related to my children. Like when one of my children goes a week without changing his underwear and socks or hides almost a hundred empty candy wrappers in his pillow case. I mean, seriously, how can you sleep with all that crinkling every time you move? Or when my daughter gets upset at me and waves her finger in my face and says defiantly “No, Ma’am! You stop that!” It takes all I have not to laugh out loud when she parrots my motherly chastisement back in my face.

Many of my children’s behaviors are foreign to me at this point in life. I never remember struggling with the same things as they do. But of course, I had struggles of my own. Some days, it takes all of my patience to remain in control. I try to remember that I was once a child and thankfully, someone had patience with me. Also, looking back at their baby pictures brings back all those endearing motherly emotions which help to round out my perspective, helping me to see the whole picture.  So, even though there are days that I wonder where they came from or whom they belong to, I am so thankful that they are mine. And that I get to help them through all these changes and stages in life. Because when it comes down to it, nothing lasts forever.

Creating The Journal Page

I started off using my new StencilGirl Chinese Garden Plum Blossoms stencil.

I stenciled with red ink and started painting using some Distress Paint.

More painting.

I finished off by adding some doodles around the flowers.

I stenciled using the Ornamental Floral Screen and used PaperArtsy Infusions.

Other Pages in my daughters journal:

She Is My Blessing Child

A Life Time of Photographic Memories

She Is My Lovely Little Lady

Happy Tea Day to all those playing along with Elizabeth and Bleubeard. I am a bit late today but better late than never. I am sharing my fresh mug of green tea as well as a book that I recently read on carving your own stamps. I will share my stamp carving venture in another post soon.


Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes

Art Journal Journey: Flora and Fauna (Flora)