Free Love

I don’t have a dedicated work space.  Well, I sorta do.  It’s my own little corner of the toy/exercise room.  I have a space, but there is no clear bounadry and there is no door.  When I am working, I am just right there in the middle of everything. The mom………trying to work………..right in the middle of everything. 

I LOVE being the mom.  LOVE.  I LOVE being the one to meet the needs of all the members of my family.  It’s a high calling, a privilege, my first priority, and the most important thing I do….

Having said that, I will be honest.
Sometimes, the frustration mounts.

More times than not,  just as I sit down to design something new or answer emails,  I am needed.  I’m the mom & wife,  and I am needed.  So, before I know it, the day has gone by and my little business has been neglected. I very rarely accomplish what I had set out to do where my business is concerned.
Some may say this is a lack of dedication, setting up boundaries, or planning.  I say that it’s just what it is to be the mom in a household of 5.

Just recently I was in the middle of writing an email that was giving me fits. One of those emails where you need to call upon all your mental faculties to make sure that it is worded just so. Yeah, one of those.

I was in the middle of writing this  email and my son came to me.  The son who loves LOVE. Hugs, kisses, and words of affirmation.  LOVE.

The son who has been quoted on numerous occasions as saying, “I can’t get enough of your love,” to me.

He came to me just for a little love

But, my frustration came through as I was trying to write this email and he thrust his ten year old self upon me {and my laptop.}  He immediately noticed my frustration and apologized. Then, he thought for a minute.

“You need a sign,”  He told me, “A sign that says when you are working, or available.”

I asked him if he could make one for me. When he asked me what I wanted to to say, I simply told him that I wanted him to decide what it should say.

Here’s what he came up with:

Side One

My heart melted when I saw what he had written on the reverse side.

The Flip Side

Free Love.
It is just so him. And so perfect. And SO how I want my kids to think of me.
Except, I really don’t want there to be a flip side. I don’t want there to be a “do not disturb” side……………..

You may wonder how the sign is working.

 It’s working beautifully, actually.

 But, not in the way my son intended it.  Because now, when he comes and loiters outside of my workspace to check which side the sign is on,{ and then double checking with me to see if I have remembered to flip it & that I mean for it to be on the side that it is actually on :D} I can’t resist him. 

Without frustration, with joy and thankfulness, I tell him that I am NEVER too busy for love.

God used my son to remind me {once again} of the job far more important than building a brand.
There are three  young hearts and minds that need nurturing.

The rest can wait.


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  1. Julie Deuvall says:

    Seriously, this made me cry. Isn’t it amazing how much we learn from our little ones?! That is, by far, the most AWESOME sign ever!!!! God bless you and your family, Sara.

  2. Ok, that’s adorable.

  3. I got chills… love you…. Saw this yesterday…
    “When in doubt… chooose the kids… there will be plenty of time later to choose work…”

    Mine is 17, and I learned a little too late…
    Your such an inspiration Twillybird…

  4. That is so beautiful! And that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? There’s always going to be more work you should be doing and more cleaning but those moments with the kiddos – well, let me tell you, they will be teens soon – and you will miss those spontaneous hugs! What a sweet, sweet, boy to make that sign. Children are wiser than we think!

  5. LOve this reminder and love that boy! :O)

  6. How incredibly precious is that!!! I’m so excited to be a mom. In hopefully less than 24 hours actually! What a precious little boy you have!

  7. this is lovely, sara! very sweet…and convicting:)
    enjoy your weekend, make it great! xo

  8. aw what a sweetie! love this 🙂

  9. How sweet…I am wiping my eyes. I too, was a stay at home when my kids were little. One decision, I will never regret. The years go by so quickly and no amount of money can buy them back.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sara, that is so heartwarming!! Enjoy these moments because I can attest, like your mother I’m sure, how quickly “your little chickens” grow up! You’re a great Mom! XO Margie

  11. so true. If we want to be like God, we should remember that he always has time for us. 🙂

  12. Sara, this is so amazing. I am not a mom (well I have furry four legged kids) but this definitely struck a chord with me. Your son is amazing and you are an amazing mom.

    Keep sharing your amazing stories of family and life.


  13. oh my. I’m making one of those signs. So much truth in this post, thanks for sharing!

  14. as a mom to 5 and wife to 1 I totally hear you. Never enough time in the day to etsy as much as I want but also realizing this is only a short season we get to love on our kids. thank you for this 🙂

  15. Sara,
    Your post spoke straight to my heart! I too struggle with this each and every day. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight and experience.

  16. Very nice to read=) Thanks for sharing!

  17. i LOVE being a (new) mom but it does sure have it’s struggles!

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