Several weeks ago, the twins came home announcing this year's Creative Challenge at their school: Gingerbread Houses. Their art teacher encourages her students each year to an extra credit project. One year, students painted chairs, one time there was a robot theme, last year it was an Egyptian contest, and this year she chose gingerbread houses.
It's interesting how my two firstborn children differ. One child came home and drew up his elaborate design on paper. A skyscraper. With numerous floors. And windows you can look into to see scenes of Christmas.
The other? She went off to the library and came home with a pile of books about gingerbread houses, complete with recipes and ideas to follow and to adjust to her liking. She began encouraging me to help her start her project immediately. And by encourage I mean relentlessly badger.
I didn't hear from him for weeks.
She made pastillage penguins from scratch and a gingerbread dome and three batches of frosting.
He didn't say a word.
She put together an igloo with hula dancing penguins, a dolphin swimming in a pool under a palm tree replete with Christmas lights, a glowing fire and snowman melting inside.
And T? He put together a skyscraper. With numerous floors. And windows looking in on a living room (complete with Dan Dunn's Ray Charles painting) and a disco room.
You can just see the disco ball dagling from the ceiling
I'm a mother of 4 sweet kids who is constantly trying to improve or reinvent myself to be better than I was yesterday...or even earlier today. God's Grace gets me through the challenges facing me in this season of my life as I live my days as a stay-at-home mom supporting my husband in all his endeavors (even learning to pick up his dry cleaning) while trying not to overindulge in the common icee mocha.
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