|This book is an amazing read.|
While we were walking and enjoying the beauty around us, one butterfly discovered Elliot and was so curious that it circled him at least twenty times!
In addition to us having some warm sunny days, I've also had a great rush of customers in the shop. The strange thing is that I never intended for my items to be Halloween costume accessories. The initial plan was to make plush knee pads and little paws for those preschoolers who liked to crawl around pretending to be dogs. But since Etsy allows customers to directly communicate with sellers, I started filling requests for ears to go along with the paws. Then, they asked for tails. Then came requests like, "can you do a unicorn?" Or monkey? And on until suddenly the whole thing is different from my original plan. Strangely, I've been able to let go and adapt, without too many hurt feelings that my original idea seems to be buried among an abundance of other people's ideas.
I sometimes wish I had more time to make practical things that my family and I can actually use. I've recently learned to make hats and slippers. Elliot has requested a pair of gloves with non slip grips on the fingers so he can climb trees in the winter...
Perhaps the best bit of news is that we're in the process of developing a new family friendship. Through Tae Kwon Do, we've met another family who are in the same stage of homeschooling. It has been a blessing to have another mom who understands the great insecurity that goes along with the first year of home education. Elliot is delighted with his new friends and so am I.