Eight

Goodness. I can not believe that it has been eight whole years since big Memi was born.
Memi, you are such a creative, seriously funny, smart, brave, fearless and passionate person.
We are so honoured and grateful to be on this journey with you.

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Happy Birthday!
We all love you so very much!

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Through our Day with Wool and Wisdom

I was washing the dishes, mentally making a to-do list for the day, and watching Memi, Boo and Caillou, who were having a pretend tea party.
Caillou was asking Memi to pour tea from her cup into his, and he was getting quite frustrated with the lack of tea-pouring.
Memi spoke up:

I can’t fill your cup when my cup is empty! I need to fill my cup first.

I looked at the dishes and the long to-do list, and I thought that really, that was the wisest thing I had heard all day.
Behind the dishes, in my knitting basket, I spotted a ball of alpaca wool I had picked up a little while ago, and so I decided to fill my cup, all of our cups, to forget about the dishes and anything else on that to-do list, and just have a slow and happy day.

I pulled out a handful of new books I had put aside for moments just like these, and we read while I knit, helpful little hands turning pages while I added row after row to one of my favourite patterns.

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I knit through the morning while the little ones coloured and did crafts,

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I added a row or two while Memi read her books nearby,

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and stitch by stitch the ball of wool grew smaller and my project grew larger.
I added a few stitches here or there between countless cups of tea and boardgames,

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and fit in a few rows while planning our Autumn curriculum.

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There is a part in the pattern where you have to snip off the thread. I carefully cut it, but I must have looked worried, because Memi gave me a quizzical look.
Snipping the thread is so scary to me, because once you cut it there is no going back“, I explained.
Memi crinkled her nose and gave it some thought: “Unless you just tie it back together, Mama.“, she said and skipped away.
Mh, yes. There is always that. More unexpected wisdom, nothing is really ever the end.

I knit through cooking dinner, through after-dinner story time, and then, just when it was starting to get dark outside, it was done.

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A little gnome friend, stuffed with wool and lavender just in time for bedtime stories.

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(This little gnome is a pattern I used to knit a lot while I was pregnant with Caillou. It is my go-to quick knit, a pattern simple enough to know by heart and knit around a happy day spent with little ones.)

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Grateful Friday

This week has been absolutely amazing. It has been slow, filled with boardgames, stories, knitting, tea and candles.
Today my heart is full of gratitude, because today we gave Memi her Happy Box.
So many of our friends and family contributed to this beautiful box just to cheer up our big girl who was feeling sad after learning that her arm simply can not be healed.
She had the biggest smile on her face when she opened the box, and I am so very grateful for that smile. I am grateful that even people who we did not know very well just yet sent heartfelt wishes and beautiful things for our Memi. (This wonderful journal came from Beth and her family. Thank you!)

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I am grateful that the first words that came out of Memi’s mouth were “I am going to be writing a lot of thank-you cards today, Mama.
There was so much I want to tell you about, so I will leave it at this for now and write more about it a different time.
This week I am grateful for the rainy weather, because there is nothing more cosy than a rainy afternoon spent reading together.
I am grateful for tealights and quilts, for woolly socks and for delicious tea in big jars.

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I am grateful for some more cleaning and organising of our learn and play spaces, for cosy nooks, for baskets and for finding an old colouring book behind the shelves. It was perfect as everyone has been feeling just a little bit wintery these last few days.

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I am grateful for being able to plan ahead, for knowing when we are about to have a busy week, and for knowing that this means we need to slow down even more the week before.
I am grateful for taking it easy, for knowing that it is okay to just be, for play, for book sales and for afternoons spent crafting by candlelight.

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I am grateful for Caillou’s favourite bedtime story and how it has become part of our daily rhythm, for tucking little feet into a nest, for listening to each other’s heartbeat, for holding hands and for Memi and Caillou always, always including big Georgie in their games.

I am also grateful for Caillou’s big heart and for how much he likes to help other people.
This year, for the very first time, Caillou is taking part in a walk for charity. He is raising money for disadvantaged children, and he is so very excited to be doing something to help.
We would really be so truly grateful if you could spare just a little bit of money to sponsor Caillou. 100% of your donation will go directly to Barnardo’s children’s charity.

If you could spare even just one dollar or pound, it would absolutely mean the world to Caillou. He is so proud and happy to know that he is helping other children, just like a real superhero.
The Barnardo’s Big Toddle will be space themed, which is perfect. Caillou will be taking along his Adventure Pack and wearing an astronaut costume, too!
What are you grateful for?
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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