Yesterday I was
stalking looking through Instagram and started to see a repeat of the same little theme.
Photos that make you swoon.
Little party bags full of goodness, each lovingly created.
And I felt a little tug. One that I feel every so often as a pretty much “writing” blogger with very crafty friends.
That I should really try harder to be crafty. Even though Bella isn’t in preschool and we don’t have a party to go to, I should have made treats. We should have done cards. I should be up late hand cutting things for the table and make a cute little breakfast. I could blog it! Pin it! I could do this!
Just like the handmade Christmas wreath off Pinterest last year. Did I ever show you all that?
Oh THAT’S RIGHT. It broke into a billion little foam pieces after sitting under my desk for a month and the yarn went everywhere. Then the cats ate it and barfed it back up with thanks. That’s why no one ever saw it.
I had to laugh. Because while I think the crafty things other moms do are pretty darn amazing, I simply am not that person. And slowly, over the past year or so, I’m learning to accept that with a little more grace. It’s simply not my gift in life. Maybe God gave me a gift to write so I could earn money to buy those crafty things instead.
So this Valentine’s Day, I have Bella gluing on little hearts with her friend onto construction paper. We might make cupcakes if I have time – smothered in store-bought Funfetti frosting (or I might just grab a spoon). Because while I wish I was crafty and had the patience to do all that, I’m just not. And leaving that gift and love to others who really do enjoy it might be the best choice I’ve made as a mom.
So if this is you, if you’re looking at those gorgeous holiday crafts and thinking, “If I just could…” it’s ok not to! Find what you are good at instead and pour yourself into it. Goodness, not all of us are good at everything. Why do we always feel the need to be?
Excepting the Pioneer Woman. But she’s just a amazing good-at-everything rarity.
And if you are a super crafty person, I would like you to know that I have an account with Etsy. And an app for it. And a PayPal account. So we can work something out for Easter.